There could be several reasons why your skin might not be in its healthiest state right now. Whether it’s breaking out, aging, poor diet, certain medicine, or simply not taking care of it, your skin acts like a visual alarm letting the world know that it needs help. Or, at least that is how it seems at times.
However, I believe the only perfect skin is the skin that is airbrushed in photos. Everyone has flaws and issues at some point, and could benefit from the tips I’m about to share in maintaining the healthiest possible skin.
1. The Role of Food and Drink
Certain food and drink can have an adverse reaction on the skin, such as food high in fat, caffeine, or sugar. Skin conditions such as psoriasis, acne, or rosacea can especially be triggered by these foods and beverages.
Unfortunately, it’s nearly impossible to avoid them completely, due to eating out or going to parties and not knowing the ingredients of everything you are putting in your mouth.
So, limiting these ingredients considerably is important, even though you might not be able to eliminate them completely. Just make sure that you eat a well-balanced diet, with a variety of nutrients and vitamins in your choices.
I’m not suggesting that you never partake in a cup of coffee, or a donut. However, when you do, make sure to make up for it with plenty of water. For example, if you have a cup of coffee, it’s recommended that you have a minimum of 2 full glasses of water to make up for the dehydration it can cause.
2. Help in the Form of Vitamins
We often get vitamins and nutrients in our food intake, but unless you eat incredibly healthy, it just might not be enough to fully help your skin. Take a look at the following vitamins and how they can help:
- Vitamin A: Works to repair skin damage
- Vitamin C: Builds collagen which improves skin’s elasticity
- Vitamin E: Improves tissue by producing red blood cells
You can also reduce inflammation and improve cell membranes with essential fatty acids, which can be found naturally in avocados, leafy vegetables, fish, and walnuts. If these foods aren’t on your “To do” list, look for a supplement that provides the daily recommended dose.
3. Cut Down on the Stress
Stress is one of the worst culprits when it comes to our skin, including flare ups of acne or rosacea. Our skin is usually the innocent bystander when stress rears its ugly head.
Of course it’s nearly impossible to cut down on all stress, because we can’t control what enters our peaceful world. But, we can control how we handle it, which can reduce extreme stress levels.
Take steps to diminish stress in your life, before it becomes a problem. If sitting by a fireplace with a good book or soft music, relaxes you…then make time for it. Or, take a long soak in a bubble bath with candles. However, the water shouldn’t be so hot that it causes stress on the skin.
4. Work It Out
Exercise is a great stress reliever, as well as healthy for your body and skin. It helps to increase circulation, which in turn improves skin conditions.
In addition, skin is connected to muscle. So, when muscles are in good shape, they help to support our skin and can improve the appearance. If your muscles are firm, they have a better chance at firming up our skin as well.
5. Know Your Skin
The first step is to become familiar with your skin, realize when certain issues arise, and what triggers them. For example, skin “types” include dry, oily, combination, and sensitive. Knowing which category you fall into…which can change, will help you know what to do for it.
For example, if your skin is dry and flaky, is it because it’s that way all the time, because it’s winter and dry, or perhaps your diet is contributing to it? If you realize why it’s dry, it will help determine what actions you need to take, from adding moisture to your skin…to adding moisture to the air.
Or, perhaps your skin is suddenly red and irritated. Have you recently tried a new skincare product, started a new medication, or maybe you have changed laundry detergent? It might be as simple as adjusting the recent change. In other words, if you have just recently switched laundry detergents, it’s probably too harsh with too many chemicals that irritate your skin. So, look for a green laundry detergent, one that is free of unnecessary chemicals.
6. Here comes the Sun
If you enjoy the sun, protect your skin from the damage it can cause. Yes, it sure feels good in the moment to have the sun beating down on our face on a nice day. However, the damage it can cause your skin can be quite visible, if not fatal. Many people do not take sun damage seriously enough, but it can bring on far worse troubles than a couple wrinkles.
Use a decent sunscreen for when you are out in the sun. If you have troubled skin, wear it when you are simply running errands. The sun can reach your skin, even if you aren’t out bathing in it. Hats, sunglasses, and umbrellas can also help protect your skin.
I have just shared some great tips that have helped many people protect their skin. It’s important to do so, because it’s the only skin you will ever live with…and it’s yours.
Melissa Cameron is a freelance writer, who writes on various topics. Her latest series was inspired when she was visiting http://www.ecohomeinspired.com/. When she is not working, Melissa loves spending time staying fit with yoga and eating healthy, as well as knitting and taking trips to Disneyland. Keeping an eco-friendly home in Austin, Texas, Melissa is married with a son and daughter.