Everyone wants clear, healthy-looking skin. However, environmental pollutants, certain lifestyle habits, such as smoking, and even the sun can make it difficult to achieve radiant skin. Here, Chevy Chase facial plastic surgeon Dr. Jennifer Parker Porter shares five tips and tricks for glowing skin that you may not have heard before.

#1: Snack on Mixed Nuts and Watermelon

Not only are mixed nuts and watermelon tasty, they are also good for your skin. Certain nuts, including Brazil nuts, have a high selenium content, which improves skin elasticity. Also, consuming nuts that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, such as walnuts, reduces inflammation and breakouts. Eating watermelon can also contribute to glowing skin. It is rich in lycopene, which fights inflammation, redness and sun damage. Lycopene also has antioxidant properties to defend against skin cell-damaging free radicals. It may even prevent future wrinkles from developing.

#2: Avoid Dairy

If you are prone to acne, it’s best to avoid dairy. All dairy products — even organic ones — contain cow hormones, which stimulate your oil glands, often causing breakouts. Cutting out all dairy, even that small amount in your daily latte, can help clear up acne-prone skin.

#3: Sleep Well

Your brain releases human growth hormone into your blood stream while you sleep. Human growth hormone is integral to your body’s ability to repair cells. If you don’t get enough quality shuteye each night, your body does not release enough of the hormone to repair skin cells effectively.

#4: Slip on You Favorite Pair of Sunglasses

Yes, sunglasses are fashionable, but they also protect the delicate skin around your eyes that is prone to sun damage and the ensuing wrinkles. Wearing your sunglasses, even when it’s cloudy outside, not only makes you look oh so chic, it also staves off visible signs of aging around the eyes.

#5: Clean Your Smartphone

According to a study performed by Stanford University, your smart phone can become more germ-infested than a public toilet. Gross! Now think about how many times a day you put your smart phone up to your ear, rubbing it against your cheek and jaw line. It’s no wonder that so many people complain that they get pimples on just one side of their face. To keep your phone (and face) free of bacteria, use an antibacterial wipe that is specifically made for use on electronic devices a few times a day to clean your smart phone. Bonus tip: Undergoing periodic skincare treatments, such as microdermabrasion or glycolic peels, can slough off dead skin cells to reveal the fresher, glowing skin hidden underneath the dry, dull superficial layers of the skin. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Porter to learn about nonsurgical cosmetic treatment options, contact Chevy Chase Facial Plastic Surgery by calling (301) 652-8191. The post 5 Tips and Tricks for Glowing Skin appeared first on Chevy Chase Facial Plastic Surgery.

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