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Tips for healthy, youthful skin

Published On: Feb 21 2012 11:06:22 AM CST
Updated On: Mar 05 2012 12:38:50 PM CST
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(NewsUSA) - With such a cluttered skin care market, it's pretty tough to figure out what would work best to keep your skin healthy and looking youthful. When it comes to skin, you really are as unique as a snowflake. No two people produce the same amount of oil, respond to heat in the same way or age identically.

But some advice applies to everyone. Here are some skincare tips to keep you glowing, no matter your age or skin type:

- Stay hydrated. Scientists debunked the old recommendation to drink eight glass of water a day, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't hydrate. Water aids every bodily system. It moisturizes your skin from the inside out, helping to flush away toxins and maintain a youthful appearance.

Try switching out alcoholic drinks, coffee and soda for water. If you find water hard to drink, take yours warm with lemon or lime juice. Green tea -- the kind you make from a tea bag -- is another good choice, because it hydrates skin while also providing antioxidants, compounds known to help prevent cell damage.

- Eat a healthy diet. A diet heavy on cooked and raw plant-based foods -- think beans, tofu, fruits and vegetables -- can help you manage your weight and enjoy clearer skin. Healthy oils, like those found in olive oil, seeds, nuts and avocados, can also help protect skin. But avoid full-fat dairy products and excess meat consumption, which can cause wrinkles, according to the Mayo Clinic.

- Adopt a healthy skin-care routine. Wash your face twice daily, and be sure to moisturize. Look for products that can help your skin repair itself.

- Exercise. Walking around your neighborhood might not give you washboard abs, but exercise can benefit your skin. Walking, running, yoga, sports -- whatever your activity of choice, it can help improve circulation to your skin, boosting elasticity and skin tone.