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When you are thinking about a health and fitness program, don't overlook your skin, because it is more than just for looks. In most cases, what's good for your skin is good for the rest of you as well. To benefit your whole body, give some thought to the following information about taking care of your skin.

Heat can be one of the skin's most dangerous enemies. If you stay in a room that remains at a high temperature for quite some time, it can cause some damage. It is most damaging if the air itself is dry, opposed to being humid or wet.

Dry air can exist in rooms that are kept very warm, say during the winter months, when the windows and doors are shut tight. You might also use a humidifier to prevent a room, house or office from getting too dry when the heat is on. Exposing yourself to excessive amounts of heat from, say, a fireplace or a wood stove, can exacerbate the problem. This is also true when taking hot showers; it is recommended that you use a lower temperature if you bathe quite regularly. Mainstream researchers and alternative health experts are now becoming more in agreement about the dangers of sugar in the diet. Premature aging, with the accompanying wrinkles, can be caused by sugar, along with products such as corn syrup and high fructose. Your state of general health can be determined by the look of your skin since all things in the body are related, so high blood pressure can cause skin conditions. Desserts and sweets are obvious foods with sugar that must be removed from your diet, but there are also many more everyday products. If you need something sweet, use natural products, such as maple syrup or honey, because aspartame and other artificial sweeteners aren't any better.

As you should know by now, good health takes work, such as regular exercise, and this works for your skin, too. You should do both aerobic or cardiovascular type exercise and resistance training such as weight lifting. Detoxing your body through sweating is one great purpose of exercising. Being a member of a health club, especially one with a sauna, or steam room, will allow you to clean out your pores after a workout. Better looking skin comes when exercise reduces stress enough to give you a good night sleep, and this helps your health. Thinking about taking care of your skin, doesn't take much thought, once you make it something you do every day. It doesn't take much extra attention, aside from finding the right moisturizer that works for you and maybe going to a spa and getting a facial when you can. All of these things that can be done for your skin, the best is to consider your body and take care of it.

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