Dry skin: Ditch THIS food for avocado to improve condition and make your skin glow

Skin health could be improved by doing light exercise, get an extra couple of hours sleep a night, and by avoiding low fat diets, said skin expert Abigail James.

Sugar could cause an inflammatory reaction in skin, and could lead to acne, dry skin and even premature ageing.

Cutting back on caffeine would reduce your risk of skin redness and sensitivity, James said.

Her comments came after a survey revealed 62 per cent of British women admitted dry skin affected their mental health.

“With so many women admitting that bad skin knocks their confidence and disrupts their lives, finding an approach that achieves healthy skin is clearly important,” said James.

“A number of holistic lifestyle factors contribute to the health of our skin, such as the food we eat, how much sleep we get and the personal care products we use.”

James recommended reducing the amount of fragrances we use on our faces, and to cut back on unnecessary chemicals.

Healthy fats were needed for healthy cell function, she said. That meant replacing margarine for avocados, fish, nuts and seeds.

Light exercise increases the amount of ‘happy’ hormones in the body, and improves blood flow. This gives skin a “lovely, healthy glow”, James said.

Getting extra sleep will improve the visible appearance of skin by improving circulation, she added.

Finally, don’t forget to keep track of the skin all over the body, not just our faces, urged the skin expert.

She recommended using products that were gentle on skin, with natural moisturisers.

Meanwhile, a survey by Sanex Zero% revealed 75 per cent of women admitted their confidence was knocked when they’re having a bad skin day.

One in nine also said they were less likely to volunteer for a work presentation when having a bad skin day.

The most common skin conditions in the UK include eczema, cold sores, hives, psoriasis and ringworm.

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