It is easy to forget but our skin is an organ. And like any organ it has functions it needs to perform. When the skin is performing these functions successfully, we by default will have healthy skin. So, here are 10 ways to get healthy skin.
Eat well. Our skin is an organ. This means, it has cells that reproduce every 4-6 weeks. In order for the cells to successfully reproduce, we need to make sure the food we eat is nutritious. Poor nutrition can lead to poor immunity which can make it easier for bacteria to enter our skin and give us acne, blackheads etc. The skin’s main function is to protect. Hence, healthy nutrition gives the skin the strength needed to protect us.
Managing stress. As we all know stress can impact our body. When we stress, our body releases a chemical called cortisol. Cortisol can cause the body to produce more oil, which not only gives oily skin but also can result in more acne and breakouts. Further, stress and anxiety can have an impact on your sleeping and eating habits, which can not only age you but also indirectly affect your skin. For example, if you stress eat a lot of oily or junk food you could get breakouts from all the extra oily food.
Clean products. In order to have healthy skin, it is important to make sure the products that you are using on your skin are clean. Whilst not all ingredients will get absorbed into your blood, it can clog your pores and give breakouts. Using products that have whole, pure ingredients and few preservatives or parabens will further help the skin perform its functions successfully.
As stated, the skin is an organ. This means it performs its functions every single day. It doesn’t stop. Much like your heart or lungs, if they stopped you would die. Now with the skin it is not as drastic, but if they skin stopped protecting you from all the unseen harm you could catch illnesses quickly. Hence, whatever your skincare routine is you need to do it every single day. The skin doesn’t go on break do neither should your routine.
Keep it simple. Just as your products needs to have clean ingredients. Your routine needs to be simple. Why? The skins functions are clear and simple; so why should your routine be filled with multi steps and extra products and chemicals. The more products you use the higher chance you have of a reaction and affecting the healthiness of your skin.
Drink water. Our body is 60% water, so not keeping our skin hydrated can have dire effects. Our body uses water to perform a lot of different functions in our body, from cleaning our toxins to maintaining our body temperature. So, when our body is not hydrated, the body takes the water away from our skin to perform more important functions, hence resulting in dry skin. But overtime, this can affect how effectively the skin can perform its functions. So, stay hydrated, we should drink at least 8 glasses of water a day.
Understand your body. As humans we can be impatient, especially when it comes to skincare. For example, if we are breaking out, we instantly rush to acne products, or if we have dry skin, reach for the moisturizer. Because the skin is an organ, changes in our skin is a way for us to check in with ourselves and body. Sometimes products are just a band-aid and not the root of the problem. In order to have healthy skin, you should always go to the root of the problem when your skin is behaving in a way that is not normal.
Makeup removal. We all know it is important but when it comes to removing it at night, we get lazy. But not removing your make-up at night can be really bad for your skin. It can clog your pores, prevent the skin from doing its functions and result in oily skin and acne. Sometimes this can happen overnight. It is very important to remove your makeup before you go to bed. Also, using natural ingredients such as shea butter or coconut oil is a great way to remove your makeup and not have the tight skin feeling.
While some people might find smoking relaxing it is actually very bad for your skin. As you may know, cigarette smoke contains carbon monoxide and nicotine, which removes oxygen from your skin and reduces blood flow, leaving your skin dry and discolored.
This is very important. Many of us get lazy and just walk out without putting sunblock on. But the UV rays of sunblock can actually change the DNA of your skin cell, which can affect how future skin cells are reproduced. This change in the DNA is what can cause skin cancer. Hence, as much as we may not like it, it is very important to put sunblock before you leave.
Hopefully these tips will help give you beautiful and healthy skin.