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How to Maintain a Healthy Skin

Every human being desires to have a healthy skin; smooth, even toned and infection free. A healthy skin is, however, a product of many aspects including internal, external and environmental factors. To maintain healthy skin, the following tips can proof very helpful, if and when practiced and safely followed.

Eat healthy

eating healthy

The skin, being the largest organ on the human body, and one that protects all other organs from extreme external temperatures, and objects, is as living as any other organ in the body, and needs to be nourished in order to stay healthy. Eating balanced diet meals with plenty of vitamins, fats, carbohydrates, minerals and proteins can guarantee a healthy skin. Vitamins A, E, C and D strengthen the skin and fights off infections, thereby, reducing skin destruction and marks. Minerals (Magnesium, Zinc, Manganese and Iron) and healthy fats, which are available in some foods, grains, vegetables and fruits, enhance the formation of red blood cells and improve blood circulation to the skin, hence nourishment of the skin with the necessary nutrients. Consuming ample essential fats, such as omega 3 that is found in fish and other foods, gets rid of unhealthy fats, such as cholesterol. Unhealthy fats are not only dangerous to the skin (because they clog the skin and might make breeding grounds for harmful bacteria), but for the heart and other organs. To maintain a healthy skin, avoid acidic and artificial sugar-foods because they cause skin break-outs due to increased blood acidity.

Drink lots of water

Water keeps the skin supple and elastic. It, also, dilutes acidity and helps the kidneys get rid of toxins. A body that is full of toxins manifests through minor, and at times, major skin break-outs, which take long to heal, and even when they do, they leave marks. It is recommended for an adult human being to take at least eight glasses of water per day, without waiting to feel thirsty first. Physical thirst is not always the first indication that the body needs water, and keeping frequent intake of water can aid smooth bodily functions and healthier skin in the process.

Clean and exfoliate your skin

girl exfoliating skin

Perhaps everybody knows that he/ she needs to clean his/ her skin, but the frequency of this activity, most people do not understand. Whereas it is important to clean your skin with mild cleansers, at least once per day, over-cleaning the skin, especially with harsh (acid or alcohol-rich products) can strip the skin off its protective bacteria. Cleaning should be done to enable the skin to breathe, and since the skin has its own protective bacteria, over-cleaning should be avoided as it can cause abrasions and minor cuts, as well as destroy the skin-protective bacteria; making it prone to infections and destruction by sun, wind, pollutants and other external elements. Skin exfoliation refers to the process through which dead skin is gently scrubbed off the surface to give way to new skin, and clogged pores are unclogged to allow the skin to breathe.

Protect your skin from environmental elements

Just because the skin is the external-most body organ that seems indestructible, it does not mean that exposure to harmful elements cannot destroy it. The Sun rays, for instance, emit gamma rays, which can cause skin cancer. People should, thus, cover their skin with ample clothing (physical blocks) or sunscreen when spending time under the sun, and again, they should avoid extreme exposure to the Sun. Sand, chemicals, the wind, smoke and other elements can, also, have a toll on the skin, and as such, people should protect the skin as much as possible, and cleanse it as soon as possible.

Moisturize your skin

Regardless of how much water you take, applying moisturizers on your skin can increase its elasticity and suppleness, as well as protect it from excessive dryness that can cause it (the skin) to crack or fail to heal properly. Moisturizers can be found in skin creams, lotions and even soaps. Most moisturizers have added ingredients that can include collagen, anti-oxidants and vitamins for extra skin care. Anti-oxidants reduce the activity of the free radicals that destroy healthy body cells, resulting in aging symptoms, whereas collagen enhances new skin production to replace damaged skin. Vitamins boost immunity and fight off infections to keep the skin free of nasty infections and scars.

Avoid stimulants, drugs and other toxic ingestion

Consumed food, non-food and drugs stimulants are some of the highest contributors to unhealthy skin. Stimulants (chemical substances which accelerate body and brain activity) such as caffeine, nicotine (especially in cigarettes), cocaine, crystal meth and crack, among other chemicals in this category, increase the activity of the free radicals that destroy healthy body and skin cells. The results are accelerated aging symptoms. Unfortunately for the people who use these substances, these substances, also, reduce body immunity; leading to any and all infections, some of which affect the skin and body functions such as metabolism and respiration. This leads to inadequate intake of healthy food, inadequate nutrient absorption and inadequate blood circulation to the skin. The combination of all the above side effects adversely affects the making or maintenance of healthy skin. Acidic food items (oranges, lemons, hot food spices, etc.) increase blood acidity and toxicity, which requires other organs, such as the liver, to overwork to detoxify the toxins and acidity.

Get ample sleep, exercise and avoid stress

Hormonal imbalance, such as results from stress and inadequate body/ brain rest, can cause skin break-outs as the body seeks a physiological balance. Getting ample sleep and staying stress free keeps the body’s destressors at bay, hence reduces the chances of lowered body immunity and infections. Vigorous exercises enhance fast blood circulation to all organs (including the skin, thereby, adequate supply of nutrients to the skin), and breaking a sweat, during exercise, helps open skin pores.

Conclusion

Maintaining a healthy skin is possible without spending millions of dollars on expensive surgery or skin products. A regular balanced diet, lots of water, sleep and rest can contribute to a healthy skin. Protecting the skin from external and environmental factors and minimizing or stopping any intake of acidic foods or drugs can keep off harmful substances that can damage healthy skin.

Enhance Skin Naturally: 12 Easy Tips

There is more to a glowing skin than using the right beauty products. A big part of your skin’s health comes from what you eat and drink, and how you treat your skin in your everyday life. It is easy to enhance skin and give it a healthy glow with a few simple lifestyle tips.

Drink Water

1. The easiest way to get a young, toned and healthy skin is to drink enough water. This is a skin care tip that is mentioned often, and for a good reason. A hydrated skin is also a skin that looks youthful and soft. Hydration does not only come from external beauty products, it also needs to come from the inside. It is especially important to drink a lot of water if you live in an area where the climate is dry or if your home or workplace is centrally heated. Central heating makes the indoor air dry, and the dryness will affect your skin. Drink water and non-alcoholic beverages throughout the day to keep your body and your skin well hydrated especially in hot dry climates.

Balanced Diet

balanced diet

2. Eat a balanced and nutritious diet. What you eat shows on your skin, and if your diet consists of junk food and ready meals your skin will pay the price. Fresh fruit and vegetables, organic produce and foods that are free of excess salt, preservatives or additives are the best for your skin. Avoid fast food and junk food, and increase the amount of fruit and vegetables in your diet as these contain healthy antioxidants that are important for a beautiful skin. Ready meals and fast food are usually full of salt, sweeteners, artificial additives and saturated fats. Too much can lead to puffiness and if you are prone to puffy eyes, it is especially important to avoid excess salt.

Sleep

3. Get enough sleep and avoid too many late nights. The concept of “beauty sleep” is not just a funny idea; lack of sleep affects the skin’s tone. A good sleep gives the skin’s cells the time they need to regenerate and rejuvenate. An occasional late night will not cause anyone any harm, but the general rule should be to get 7-8 hours of sleep at night.

Oils and Fats

4. Include healthy oils and fats in your daily diet. Unsaturated fats, vegetable oils such as flaxseed oil, and foods that contain these oils (such as avocado or nuts and seeds) are important for keeping the skin moisturised. The skin needs some fat to stay lubricated and supple, so adding a little oil to your diet is a good idea if you want a healthy-looking skin.

Stop Smoking

5. If you are a smoker, stop smoking. Smoking is one of the worst things you can do to your skin. It will make your skin age prematurely, it can change the color of your skin to an unhealthy yellow or gray, and it will make your skin look tired. On the other hand fresh air is good for the skin so enjoy outdoor exercise or walks in the fresh air.

Sun Protection

6. Protect your skin from the sun. A suntan looks healthy and some sunshine is good for the skin, but excess sun without adequate protection can make your skin age prematurely. Stay away from the sun during the midday hours and protect your skin with a high SPF sun lotion. Sunburns are especially damaging to the skin, so make sure you do not get burned when sunbathing. Moisturise the skin well after a day out in the sun.

Right Products

7. Use skincare products that are suitable for your skin type. If your skin is dry, use products that are made for dry skin. If your skin is sensitive, it is especially important to choose your skincare products carefully to avoid allergic reactions. Always do a patch test on a small area of the skin whenever you try a new skincare product.

Cleanse

girl cleansing face

8. Cleanse your skin thoroughly every night and remove all traces of makeup. Use a cleanser that is right for your skin type, and always apply a good moisturiser before going to bed.

Massage

9. Get a regular facial or give yourself a face massage. Massages improve circulation, which is needed to bring oxygen to the skin, and massages also boost the lymphatic system which helps to remove toxins and reduce swelling or puffiness. You can massage your skin gently every night before going to bed to keep the skin youthful and toned.

Face Masks

10. Face masks are great for deep-cleansing the skin. Visit a beautician for a cleansing face treatment, or use a store-bought mask for your skin type. You can also make your own cleansing mask with natural yogurt, oats and honey. Leave the mask on for ten to twenty minutes before rinsing it off.

Exfoliate

11. Exfoliate the skin to get rid of dead skin cells, to boost circulation and to give the skin a healthy glow. Face scrubs and body scrubs with sea salt or with brown sugar are good natural exfoliators. Exfoliating once a week is recommended for a glowing skin. You should exfoliate the face and the body on a regular basis, but a body scrub is an especially good treatment in the spring when you want to get your skin ready for the summer.

Homemade Products

12. Try making your own skincare products and give yourself an at-home facial. Many skincare products can be made with fresh fruits, yogurt, honey and other ingredients from the kitchen cupboards. Choose ingredients for your own skin type. Honey, natural yogurt and vegetables such as cucumber are good for all skin types. Recipes are available in books and online. Homemade beauty products do not last, but they are great for DIY facials and other simple beauty treatments.

It can be easy and fun to enhance skin and its health with these simple home care tips. Good quality beauty products are important, but so is your diet and your lifestyle. A nutritious diet, good sleep and regular facials are easy ways to get a glowing healthy skin.