Living a healthy lifestyle is so vital to prolonged and better life. We all know that we should eat the right foods and exercise, but there is more the keeping yourself healthy. We often forget that our skin is the largest organ and needs taking care of every day.
Our skin is our first line of defense against germs, bacteria, viruses, and the elements. This protective layer acts as a barrier to help maintain our immune system and keep our other organs safe. Our skin also works with our nervous system to help alert us of pain, pressure, temperature changes, and any other damages that could wreak havoc on our bodies.
The top layer of our skin is the epidermis which is the layer that protects us from adverse outside dangers. Our skin covers about 18 square feet and continuously replaces itself by shedding, keeping your skin looking young. This top layer guards the dermis, the middle layer of skin that contains the important structures like your sweat glands and hair follicles.
When we sweat, it is our body’s way of automatically regulating our temperature and removes excess water and salt. When your body becomes overheated, your sweat glands get to work giving off moisture. When that perspiration evaporates, your body cools itself down and your temperature is back to normal.
The sun, as we know, can cause major harm to our skin that then affects other parts of our bodies. But did you know, that we need to catch some of the sun’s rays to keep our skin healthy? Healthy skin produces vitamin D when you carefully soak up some rays, which in turn is vital to for many of our bodies other important functions. Vitamin D helps your body absorb calcium, an essential part in the development of strong teeth and bones. It is also the ultimate anti-aging vitamin, but too much sun can cause irreparable damage to your skin that will in turn make you look old. For more information on sun safety, check out our earlier post here.
While it may seem trivial, having a good skincare routine is necessary to maintain your overall health. Below are a few tips to help you create a new routine or enhance your current one.
Figure out what type of skin you have
Do you have oily or dry skin? Or do you have combination skin? These are important questions to answer because it will aid in the process of choosing the correct products to use to best benefit your skincare.
Once you know what type of skin you have, you can choose the correct type of cleanser that would work the best for you. This is an essential part of your routine. It helps to clean out your pores of dirt and excess oils. But, don’t wash your face too often, because you can actually dry out your skin, so figure out how many times a day you should wash your face.
Moisturize! Moisturize! Moisturize!
Just like your body needs water to stay hydrated, your skin needs proper hydration to stay healthy. It helps to slow down your skin’s aging process and helps keep its elasticity for longer. It keeps your skin clear. Dehydrated skin is acne prone so keeping it moisturized will help keep it from developing acne as badly.
Don’t forget the SPF
Exposure to the sun can cause age spots, wrinkles, and other problems, including increasing your risk for skin cancer. When you are going to be out in the sun, slather on that sunscreen with at least an SPF of 15.
Skip those sugary drinks and salty snacks
These food and drinks can cause puffiness and swelling in your face and can lead to breakouts. Some ingredients in these can trigger the body to inflame the skin and produce acne. The best way to make sure you keep your skin healthy is to have a balanced and nutritious diet
Drink more water
While doing this alone will not keep your skin completely hydrated, it never hurts to make sure you are getting those 64 ounces a day in
Treat your skin gently
Hot water (showers and baths) is harsh on your skin and dries it out, removing essential oils that are good for you, so try to limit your time in the shower and bath, and wash your face with tepid water at the sink.
Exfoliate a few times a week
This will clear out the dead skin cells on your face and body to make room for new and healthy ones to grow and develop.
Don’t forget your lips!
Your lips dry out first so let them be your early warning sign that your skin is in need of hydration. These also need to be exfoliated multiple times a week. Make sure to choose a lip product that feels comfortable on your lips and actually helps to moisturize them and not dry them out.
Try not to touch your face
Touching your face spreads bacteria which can cause you to breakout, causes scarring, wrinkles, and sickness
Get a good night’s rest
This means not only making sure that you are getting a proper amount of sleep (about 7-9 hours) but that you are regularly changing your pillowcases and sheets.
Not all of these tips work for everyone, so take the time to come up with what works for you. Once you create your routine, you will definitely notice big changes to your overall health.
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