10 Healthy Ways to Take Care of Your Skin
The skin is a highly overlooked part of our body, which is astonishing when we consider that it's the human body's largest organ. Moreover, skincare doesn't only pertain to appearances, but to our general health as well.
Since we at Aesthetics of Essex deem skin health to be of utmost importance, we saw it fit to provide you with 10 everyday tips that could make a difference in how your skin looks and feels.
1. Drink water
Water is an integral ingredient in toxin disposal and optimal kidney performance.
Proper hydration will also aid in preserving your skin's glow, meanwhile preventing itchiness, visible lines, the darkening of the areas around the eyes and nose, and other more severe conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.
2. Maintain a healthy diet
They say "you are what you eat." This is more than a mere saying! Your skin's semblance may expose your consumption habits. The appearance of pimples and other issues such as brittleness could signal dietary problems.
Reducing the intake of processed oils and deep-fried meals is imperative. On the other hand, you're encouraged to eat foods containing lots of vitamin B, C, and E-2, such as avocados, walnuts and fatty fish. If you have a sweet tooth, you may indulge in dark chocolate to boot.
A good aesthetics clinic would recommend a customized nutrition protocol for your skin, in case you want to see more visible improvements.
3. Keep your hands away from your face
Your face is very sensitive to acne mechanica, a form of acne that originates due to friction, especially in situations in which you're attempting to squeeze a pimple.
Brown spots or scars may also ensue from squeezing, and these are often more enduring than the pimples themselves.
4. Embrace the sun, but not that way!
The life-giving sun is a natural source of Vitamin D. Alas, it can also be deadly if you play with it too much.
Frequent exposure to the sun's rays relates to accelerated skin ageing, but, even more importantly, to an increased risk of developing skin cancer.
If you are a beach lover, wear sunscreen!
Ever heard of the term "beauty sleep"? Various studies have shown that it's a real phenomenon. It also makes sense, considering how our bodies operate.
When we sleep, our body triggers certain recovery and self-repair mechanisms, such as improved blood flow to the skin, which contributes to a healthier glow and lovely rose-coloured cheeks.
6. Neither hot nor cold
Cold water won't remove sebum from your skin efficiently. Heat stimulates the water molecules to move faster and attract grease particles, detaching them from the surface they're stuck to.
On the flip side, hot water will melt all the oil and strip the skin of moisture, making it lose elasticity.
Lukewarm water is the best option when you shower or wash your hands and face, for its warm enough to rid your skin of excess grease and grime without going too far.
Exercising helps transport oxygen through the blood vessels to all the cells in a timely manner. This enables your skin to regenerate itself faster and maintain a glorious aspect.
Adopting an exercise routine will also assist in enhancing sleep quality and prompting stress reduction. This will segway us into our next tip!
Cortisol levels increase when we're stressed. While in itself, cortisol is a good hormone that can boost our responsiveness under strenuous circumstances, constant stress will eventually wear this mechanism out.
When cortisol levels are on the rise, the skin loses its moisture retention abilities and our glands begin pumping more oily substances than our skin needs.
9. Maintain proper moisture
Moisture endows our skin with enough resilience and elasticity to elude the appearance of wrinkles, creases, and folds. You'll also prevent your skin from getting flaky and dry.
You may benefit from the application of several products that do wonders to your skin and facilitate moisture retention, such as almond oil, jojoba oil or a moisturizer.
10. Quit smoking
Smoking is associated with lots of health hazards, including lung cancer and respiratory illnesses. In case you're wondering, your skin is not out of the woods either!
Cigarettes emit certain toxins that can hamper your skin's smoothness and firmness, for they inflict damage on its fibrous components, namely, collagen and elastin.
Smoking is also sorely responsible for skin ageing, due to the fact that it shrinks your blood vessels and your skin consequently gets a limited oxygen supply.