The first daily must is the most obvious: Healthy skin has to be clean.
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1: Antioxidants:
Antioxidants are widely believed to be beneficial for both cardiovascular health and cancer prevention. They’re found in all sorts of foods, including fruits, vegetables, seafood and oils. Antioxidants’ free-radical-fighting activities destroy molecules that can damage healthy cells (see How Antioxidants Work to learn more), and as it turns out, they’re as great for skin cells as they are for every other cell in the body.

2: Sun Protection:
When you use sunscreen, you’re not just helping to protect yourself from diseases like skin cancer; you’re also helping to prevent the signs of skin aging that come from sun exposure. Skin that’s left naked in the sun ends up more discolored and wrinkled and less elastic than skin that has been steadily shielded from UV radiation.

3: Essential Fatty Acids:
Essential fatty acids, or EFAs, are an important component of any healthy diet. They help to build up the lipid-based cell membranes that hold in water and nutrients. In the case of the skin, those lipids also form an oil barrier that protects the skin from UV damage and pollutants.

4: Water:
The human body is full of water — it’s 55 percent to 75 percent of what we are [source: ASA]. Water flushes toxins out of the body, allows our cells to absorb nutrients, and keeps our digestive processes moving smoothly.

5: Cleansing:
Cleansing is the most basic element of any skin-care routine. It not only removes excess dirt, pollutants and pore-clogging oil from the epidermis so it can remain blemish-free, but it also preps the skin for any subsequent products you’ll be using, so active ingredients (like vitamins or sunscreen) can penetrate and be most effective.

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