Written By Paisley Hansen / Reviewed By Ray Spotts
Your skin is the largest organ in your body, and it is also arguably one of the most important in keeping you strong and healthy. Its many layers have the dutiful job of protecting your insides from harsh and harmful environmental factors such as bacteria, viruses, and toxic pollutants to which humans are exposed daily.
Additionally, the skin regulates your body temperature, alerts you to danger in the form of pain, and maintains bodily fluid levels. Several methods exist to support your skin's effective barrier of protection. Read on to learn how to best care for your skin to ensure its layers remain healthy and uncompromised.
1. Incorporate a Healthy Diet
If you've visited a beauty supply shop or drug store recently, you are undoubtedly familiar with the plethora of available products that specifically target your skin. They claim to reverse wrinkles, erase sun spots, clear acne, and more. However, these skin products can only affect the surface of your skin. That said, a much more cellular approach to skincare yields the most effective results.
Wholesome, nutritious foods are scientifically proven to aid in skin's cell-regeneration, resulting in smoother, more youthful-looking skin. Foods rich in antioxidants, collagen, and omega-3 fatty acids boast numerous benefits for healthy skin like decreased cancer levels, fewer fine lines and wrinkles, and a general reduction of surface inflammation. Foods that contain these ingredients include mangos, tomatoes, nuts, leafy greens, olive oil, and dark chocolate.
Supplements are beneficial for skin health as well. Probiotics for skin and various other vitamins and minerals are also easily accessible to provide your skin the nutrients it needs that you can't always get from your food.
2. Reduce Stress
It is a well-known fact that stress negatively affects numerous aspects of daily human life. It contributes to poor sleep habits, can lead to unhealthy eating patterns, and has the potential to wreak havoc on your skin.
If you have ever experienced an acne flare-up during an unusually stressful time, then you can understand how the two are related. In addition to acne, stress can cause rashes, scaly patches, hair loss, and itchy skin. Scientists believe that stress produces an excess of sebum, a naturally occurring substance in the body that blocks pores. Therefore, increased sebum is associated with more severe acne breakouts.
One way to lessen or eliminate stress is to include meditation or yoga into your daily routine. These techniques are proven to reduce pressure and anxiety, leading to a clearer, more manageable complexion. Getting enough sleep can also be a stress reducer, so shoot for a minimum of eight hours per night to feel refreshed and rejuvenated each morning.
Store-bought moisturizers function in many ways; they attract moisture to the skin, retain this collected hydration, and keep the skin smooth and supple. In addition to moisturizing your skin daily, many additional methods can aid in keeping your skin hydrated.
Take only one short, warm shower per day to ensure too much water does not strip your skin of its excess moisture. Avoid any rigid sponges or scrubbers, and always gently pat your skin dry versus rubbing it with harsh, firm motions. Finally, always use moisturizer or lotion while your skin is still damp to ensure the moisture from the shower gets trapped within your skin's top layer.
Your environment can negatively affect your skin's hydration levels as well. As such, try to use a hypoallergenic laundry detergent to keep toxins off the skin's surface. Further, install a humidifier in your bedroom so that your skin won't dry out while you sleep at night. Be careful not to get too close to fires or heaters in the winter, as these heat sources are guaranteed to strip your skin of its much-needed moisture.
Your skin is an excellent identifier of your overall health. Therefore, be sure to care for it carefully and diligently to ensure it remains in perfect condition to keep you healthy and protected.
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Paisley Hansen is a freelance writer and expert in health, fitness, and growing young. When she isn’t writing she can usually be found reading a good book or hitting the gym. She loves hearing from readers so feel free to contact her through Facebook.
Founder Ray Spotts has a passion for all things natural and has made a life study of nature as it relates to health and well-being. Ray became a forerunner bringing products to market that are extraordinarily effective and free from potentially harmful chemicals and additives. For this reason Ray formed Trusted Health Products, a company you can trust for clean, effective, and healthy products. Ray is an organic gardener, likes fishing, hiking, and teaching and mentoring people to start new businesses. You can get his book for free, “How To Succeed In Business Based On God’s Word,” at www.rayspotts.com.