Over the past couple of weeks, I have been sharing a little bit of the knowledge that I’ve picked up about skin care, and the simple things that we can all do to keep our skin young and healthy. Wearing sunscreen, not smoking and staying hydrated through drinking water (no other drink is better for that purpose) are just a few of the things that I’ve discussed.

A poor diet, however, is also a bad guy when it comes to the war on skin care. By now, we all know that fast food basically equals high calories, high fat, high salt and high sugar. But, oh, do so many people love it! It’s hard to blame them too. A trip to a local fast food joint is usually a pretty quick and inexpensive one.

And with all of the open-late drive-through windows these restaurants have, it couldn’t be any easier to maintain a bad diet. As a result, many of us are maintaining bad skin care regimens as well. WholeFitness.com puts it bluntly: “Those fast-food meals mean fast loss of skin health. Don’t eat them.”

Have you ever heard someone use the phrase “a happy person is a healthy person”? Well, perhaps there a number of variations of how to put it, but you get the picture. At the end of the day, one of the best things that a person can do for his or her overall health is to be happy. Keeping one’s self in a positive state of mind can do wonders for the body as a whole.

WholeFitness.com points out that some skin conditions, including acne, often appear on those who are under a lot of stress. One way to keep both your mind and your skin clear is to set aside some time for yourself each day. Meditate, daydream or sit there and listen to some soothing music. It will do your body good.

Although we are a couple of weeks into 2012, it’s still an appropriate time to get going on a new year’s resolution you may not yet have thought about. What stresses you out the most? Perhaps, it’s time to compile that list of stress-inducers so that you can begin eliminating them one by one.

And finally, not to stress out the ladies, but listen up girls! This one is important. What kind of makeup are you using? And perhaps, more importantly, how are you applying it? WholeFitness.com reminds us that we all need to clean our tools regularly. Brushes can get dirty and carry bacteria that we’re only too quick to wipe all over our faces. Ugh!

Says the site: “Thoroughly clean cosmetic brushes at least twice a month. A good way is to soak brushes for about 10 minutes in a dish of warm, soapy water using mild liquid detergent or baby shampoo. Rinse and blot excess moisture with a towel and stand the brushes, handle end down, in a tall glass until they are thoroughly dry.”