1. Water your skin
The human body is 70 percent water; the blood, 92 percent water. Water carries nutrients to the organs, and carries wastes away. It helps regulate body temperature. When the body doesn’t get enough water, it affects the heart and brain, and causes sleeplessness and constipation. The skin, of course, doesn’t escape damage. Five or six glasses of water a day is the minimum you should drink, unless you are suffering from kidney ailments.
Try to drink purified or mineral water.
2. Feed it essential nutrients
Protein is another essential element of skin care. Collagen and elastic fibers of the skin need amino acids, ingested both through protein-rich foods and nutrient creams. Your diet should include ample amounts of vitamins and minerals.
3. Avoid emotional upsets
Well-functioning hormones are vital to smooth, beautiful skin. Emotion does wield some influence on the secretion of hormones, as does a woman’s natural menstrual cycle. By striving to remain as calm and cheerful as possible, you can help keep your body’s hormone levels in balance. Pregnancy also has a strong effect on hormone levels, with a corresponding change in skin texture. But no matter what the cause of a hormone imbalance, its effect on skin can be minimized by avoiding unnecessary stress in your life.
4. Don’t miss those important eight hours of sleep
The autonomic nervous system, divided into sympathetic and parasympathetic divisions, guides the body’s organs, and is responsible for making beautiful skin. It is said that “a beautiful woman is made at night,” and in a way this is so. The parasympathetic nerves operate throughout the night to regulate our body functions. For the nerves to do their important task, we need a full night’s sleep, every night. This is something creams, vitamin supplements, and cosmetics can’t make up for.
Try to set a regular bedtime, and stick to it.
5. Wash your face every day
The basis for beautiful skin is clean skin. All of your cosmetic efforts will be for naught unless you maintain a good skin-cleansing routine, so we’ll start by first giving you a regimen for removing makeup and oily dirt. Being busy is no excuse – once you get used to it, the routine takes only a few minutes a day.
Source: Grace Maeda’s Book – “Japanese Secrets to Beautiful Skin” Chapter #2