Follow these 10 simple tips for healthier skin to keep your skin in good condition and slow the signs of ageing.
The skin is our bodies largest organ. The skin has three main functions. Firstly it’s a barrier. It protects us from chemicals, micro-organisms, radiation, and changes in temperature. Secondly it regulates. Adjusting to external and internal temperatures it helps to keep us at a constant. Its also where vitamin D is stored. Thirdly, via a large network of nerves, it gives us sensation. Temperature, touch and pain are all sensed through the skin.
Many things can damage or affect your skin, such as poor lifestyle, diet and continued stress. Good skin care and healthy lifestyle choices can help to delay the natural ageing process and will help to prevent skin conditions or diseases. By following these tips for healthier skin we can help our skin to help us.
The 10 tips for healthier skin
1. Don’t smoke – Smoking makes your skin look older and contributes to wrinkles because it damages the collagen and elastin in the skin. These are the fibres that give your skin strength and elasticity. Think of a balloon which has lost a little air.
2. Drink plenty of Water – Drinking plenty of water during the day is important for good all-round health. The human body is made up of about 65% water. Water helps with digestion and circulation, as well as keeping us hydrated. This can help to reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
3. Avoid too much Sun – Whilst great for the skin in moderation, too much sun exposure can cause wrinkles, age spots and other skin problems, as well as a much increased risk of skin cancer. The UVA and UVB rays from the sun damage the skin’s cellular DNA. Too much UV radiation produces genetic mutations that can lead to skin cancer.
4. Use Sunscreen Protection– If you spend time in the sun protect yourself with sun protection to help prevent wrinkles, age spots and other skin problems.
5. Exercise regularly – Anything that promotes healthy circulation also helps keep your skin healthy and vibrant. By increasing blood flow, exercise helps to nourish skin cells. Another by-product of exercise is sweating, which helps to flush the skin and remove toxins.
6. Do Facial Exercises – Facial exercise benefits the face as well as the neck. The muscles of the face, just like muscles elsewhere on your body, react well to exercise. The increased blood flow to the facial muscles allows more oxygen and nutrients to reach the cells of the skin. The facial muscles are what your skin is draped across, so good muscle tone provides the scaffolding to keep your skin tight and youthful.
7. Get Quality Sleep – Late nights ruin your skin, making your skin look older and tired. Not having enough sleep, or good quality sleep also reduces your bodies immunity to germs.
8. Meditate or Practice Relaxation – Meditation and relaxation benefits people with or without acute medical illness or stress. People who do it regularly have been shown to feel less anxiety and depression.
9. Eliminate Trans-Fat and refined Sugar – Trans Fatty Acids are chemically altered fats used to prolong the shelf life of processed foods. These are not only bad for your skin but they have been proven to increase the risk of heart attack and obesity.
10. Limit alcohol – Alcohol’s effect on your skin is similar to its effect on the rest of your body. Put simply, it steals the good and leaves the bad. Your body and skin becomes dehydrated, leaving the skin looking older and tired.
We often forget about our skin, or take it for granted, but we should remember to take care of it just as much as we look after our hair or teeth. With a little consideration, and perhaps willpower, we can help our skin become more healthier and rejuvenate give wonderful glow. Alongside the benefits to our skin, our bodies will also benefit a great deal, with more energy and strong immune system.