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.
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
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.
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.