Did you know that there are 7 ways to take care of our skin that can help prevent acne, treat wrinkles and help keep our skin looking its best?
Skin is the layer of usually soft, flexible outer tissue covering the body of a vertebrate animal with three main functions: protection, regulation and sensations. No matter how we think of it, our skin is very important. It covers and protects everything inside our body. Without skin, people’s muscles, bones, and organs would be hanging out all over the place. Skin holds everything together. That’s why good skin care is very important. We are shedding skin cells throughout the day, so it is important to keep our skin glowing and in good condition.
By increasing blood flow, exercise helps nourish skin cells and keep them vital. Blood carries oxygen and nutrients to working cells throughout the body including the skin.
Having enough sleep would give you a glowing complexion. Your body boosts blood flow to the skin while you snooze, which means you wake to a healthy glow. Skimp on sleep and your complexion can look drab, ashen or lifeless. Sleep deprivation causes a decrease in blood flow to the skin surrounding your face.
Treat your skin kindly and optimize your nutrition by antioxidant rich fruits and vegetables, healthy fats from oily fish and nuts and a varied balanced diet. This should give optimal levels of the nutrients that are crucial for radiant skin including beta carotene, vitamins C&E, zinc and selenium.
Avoid eating processed and sugary foods. Sugar in any form influences the two major hormones and inflammation. As we eat refined sugar and carbohydrates like white sugar, our blood sugar levels increase at a faster rate and our pancreas responds by releasing insulin. By eliminating sugar, we are able to decrease the amount of insulin.
Eliminate Dairy. Dairy products can trigger or worsen acne since milk contains precursors to testosterone and other androgens, which influence the hormone receptors in the skin to turn on the process that causes acne.
Eliminate Alcohol Intake. Although drinking too much alcohol does not directly cause acne, it is certainly feasible that it may trigger certain steroid hormones such as glucocorticoids and adrenal androgens that are released during stress. Drinking a bit more than one should is another form of stress. These hormones stimulate the oil glands in the skin, beginning a process that leads to acne. Bottom line-moderation.
The sun’s UV rays can cause major damage to the skin. The outer layer of the skin has cells that contain the pigment melanin. Melanin protects skin from the sun’s UV rays. These can burn the skin and reduce its elasticity leading to premature aging.
Why is sunscreen important? It protects your skin from UV rays. The depletion of the ozone layer has increased our risk of sun damage from harmful UV rays. Sunscreen blocks these rays, greatly reducing the likelihood of sunburn. By applying sunscreen each day, you cut your risk of contracting skin cancers in half.
Drinking an adequate amount of water daily is important for overall good health because water aids in digestion, circulation absorption, and even excretion. Claims have been made that drinking 8 glasses of water daily gives you a radiant, healthy, younger looking complexion. Skin cells, like other cells in the body, are made up of water. Without water, the organs will certainly not function properly or at their best. If your skin is not getting the sufficient amount of water, the lack of hydration will present itself by turning your skin dry, tight and flaky. Dry skin has less resilience and is more prone to wrinkling. Drinking at least 8 glasses a day will help rid the body and skin of toxins. Many people often report that by increasing their water intake, their skin has a more radiant glow. Those suffering from acne have reported the same results.
When someone mentions the toll smoking takes on your skin, what is the first thing that comes to your mind? Some of the toxins in cigarette smoke damage collagen and elastin which are fibrous components of skin that keep it firm and supple. This damage speeds up skin aging, making smokers more prone to wrinkles on their faces and body. Cigarette smoke also damages skin in other ways that affect one’s appearance and put smokers’ lives’ at risk.
Your skin can accumulate environmental debris in your sleep, so it is necessary to wash them off in the morning. Dead skin cells and allergens may collect on your pillowcase and be transferred to the facial skin through the night. *Cleaning your face before going to bed will reduce the dirt, bacteria and oils that may have accumulated throughout the day.
Your skin is trying to cool itself and rid the body of toxins through your sweat, and this is one of the many benefits of working out. Make sure you wash your face before and after working out to help keep the pores clean and open.
Are any of these 7 ways to take care of your skin part of your daily life? If not, time to think about it. Remember, if we focus on good skin care, we really won’t need a lot of make up.