A healthy skin is an important part of life, any one with pride in their appearance worries about their skin as it’s the most visible and the largest of the body’s organs.
Through my research in skin care and maintaining a healthy skin, I’m going to share with you the 5 ways of which I feel are the most important to maintain and improve the health and appearance of your skin.
KNOW YOUR SKIN
Make sure you are using the correct products for your skin type. There is a massive range of products out there and most are made for specific skin types. If you suffer a reaction from any product discontinue use.
If you are still confused speak to a professional and they will be able to point you in the right direction.
Don’t come to the assumption that this will be you skin type for the rest of your life. Your skin type can change throughout your life for many reasons from stress through to illness. If you are still not sure what to use, use a natural based product for sensitive skin.
Its not only your skin type you need to be aware of. It’s equally important to pay attention to your skin. If it is coming up in pimples, spots or blemishes, keep a mental note and try to figure out exactly what it is your skin is reacting to. If your skin is sensitive, it is most important to figure the triggers of what your skin reacting to and avoid it. It could also be the chocolate you ate last night which is causing pimples, It may be stress at work which is making your skin irritable. Whatever it is if you can figure out exactly what it is you can take measures to reduce the occurrence.
YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT
Even though Fatty Salty and greasy foods are a direct threat to your skin a good balanced diet can do wonders for it. Your skin and your skin health is a balance between moisture, oils, vitamins and minerals so if you can replicate this in your diet you’ll be one step ahead.
Drink plenty of filtered water even throughout winter. During winter there is a higher level of airborne toxins and free radicals. As it’s not as hot most people don’t drink quarter the amount of water required during the summer most people don’t drink half the daily required amount. Filtered water is best dependent on where you live and the quality of the water. If there is high chlorine content in you water supply this can cause skin problems to sensitive skins.
Drinking water is a vital aspect of beautiful skin it aids the retention of skin moisture and also helps detox the body of waste and toxins. Drinking 2-3 litres of water a day is the best way to revitalize dry, dull skin and will eventually lead firmer, smoother, more youthful skin.
Eat a balanced diet using the healthy eating pyramid suggests. Keep saturated fats, salts, sugars, alcohols a minimum. They are all very low in nutritional value and help upset the balance of the skin.
GET YOUR VITAMINS
Vitamin A is excellent for stimulating skin repair. Some good sources of vitamin A are eggs, liver, milk, apricots, and nectarines.
Vitamin C helps produce collagen and strengthen the skin. Vitamin C is present in most fresh fruits so eat plenty of blackcurrants, blueberries, broccoli, guava, kiwi fruits, oranges, apples, papaya, and strawberries
Vitamin E helps maintain your body’s tissues and is important in the production of red blood cells. Vitamin E is commonly found in wholegrain foods leafy vegetables and nuts.
Essential Fatty Acids – these are responsible healthy cell membranes which allow nutrients in but keep toxins out. Essential fatty acid also reduces the body’s production of inflammatory agents. Good sources of essential fatty acids are fish, walnuts, sunflower seeds, canola oil, avocado and leafy vegetables.
Also foods which contain sulphur, zinc, beta carotene, and iron are all excellent minerals for the skin.
HEALTHY MIND HEALTHY BODY
Learn to relax as I have stated in your skin types stress can have all sorts of effects on their body and the skin.
Stress will affect your glandular activity. It can activate an over production of serum and cortisol which will block you skins pores and reduce its ability to breath and repair its self.
Stress causes your adrenal gland to release adrenalin into the system. When this hormone is released, it directs blood flow away from the skin and towards necessary muscles. This is a completely natural system as our body is subconsciously preparing to fight or run. Due to this your skin will be deprived flow of the essential nutrients it requires.
Stress can also cause nervousness and with our skin not feeling healthy and can lead our to fidget scratch and play with our skins imperfections resulting in a red irritated skin.
With this it is important we teach ourselves to relax and be conscious of our stress. A lot of us these days are so used to stressful situation; we no longer even know when we are stressed.
By learning to relax we will teach our body an alternative reaction to stress when it is present. It will allow us think and act more calmly, appropriately and reduce our anxieties.
Any amount of exercise can help your skin its beneficial in many ways and its an excellent measure for stress relief. Even taking a leisurely stroll will improve your circulation, this in turn helps your skin to breath and deliver oxygen and nutrients to your skin.
Your skin is attached to your muscles. During exercise your muscles will becomes firmer making your skin appear firmer as well. Firmer Muscles = Firmer Skin.
Exercises help your skin to breath and detox. It also helps your body to produce natural collagen which will help you skin look more supple.
Be sure to drink plenty of fresh water during and after exercising this will help your body rid you skin of unwanted toxins such as lactic acid and also keep the body hydrated.
A sauna is also an excellent way of cleansing your skin from unwanted toxin’s.BE SUN SMART
I’m not trying to scare you all off and frighten you of going out doors I mean lets face it if you can enjoy the sun what can you enjoy. In fact it’s important for your skin to get some direct sun light as it aids in the absorption calcium. Our skin also has the ability to convert the suns ray into vitamin D which is an essential vitamin to maintain strong bones and may also be linked to preventing some diseases.
Though be aware it is estimated that 80% of the damage which occurs to the skin is caused by UV Rays and 50% of this occurs before the age of 20. It’s always going to be harder to reverse the ageing process than to just take some simple precautions before it’s too late.
So be careful in the sun and Avoid Sun Beds they are not worth the money to look like an Australian Surfer for a week or so before it all peels off. While doing this you are Damaging your skin which is irreversible.
Over exposure to the sunlight over years makes the skin thinner and creates in the skin a appearance we link to ageing. Skin damage by the UV rays can lead to premature ageing, wrinkly, rough saggy, discolored skin and skin cancer which in the US effects almost 50% of people and is the most common of all cancers.
If you can’t break your need for the overall best tan there are some excellent artificial options that also protect from harmful rays and moisturize your skin making it a much healthier.
Even in winter a sunblock should be worn everyday to protect your skin from the harmful UV rays around us so try and incorporate skin protection into your daily skin care programme. A sensible sun care program will not affect a healthy production of Vitamin D.
Thank you for reading I hope you receive some of the amazing benefits I have personally experienced throughout my own personal research.
Please give it time. Don’t be put off if you don’t see results straight away if. It may take up to 3-4 weeks before you start seeing some truly amazing results.
To start off with you may see an increase in spots and pimples (not to any serious degree). But again do not be put off. This is normal and especially if you have not been exercising for a while it’s more than likely just your body detoxing releasing toxins though the pores of your skin.