Our skin is our largest organ. It does more than just make us look good. Our skin helps us regulate our body temperature and protects our internal organs by keeping out harmful pathogens. It also protects us from harming ourselves through touch and the sensations to hot and cold. Though most people are concerned with the health of their skin for aesthetic reasons, it is important to keep our skin healthy to keep our whole body healthy too.
We are constantly aging, and through this process, our body starts to produce less of certain substances and doesn’t function as well. By replacing what our body is losing, we can help slow down the aging process. Also by increasing the amount of antioxidants we consume, we decrease the amount of damage that is done to our body. According to Authority Reports, there are various ways to slow down the aging process, including supplementation with phytoceramides for younger-looking skin, turmeric for overall health and reducing inflammation, and omega-3 for healthy heart, brain, skin and hair. Find out more about Authority Reports to discover their thoughts on health and the various products out there.
So how can we achieve that younger-looking skin to look good and stay healthy? The three basics have probably been drilled in by now – drink plenty of water, wear sunscreen, and don’t smoke. But there is so much more that can be done to keep your skin young and healthy.
Eat A Rainbow
The food we eat impacts our health more than anything else. If you are eating unhealthy, processed, fatty and fried foods all the time, it will show in how you look and feel. Eating a healthy diet of fresh foods will make a huge difference. For your body to work as it should, it needs the correct nutrients. This includes your skin. Making sure to include food in a variety of different colours will make sure you are covered with the essential nutrients your body needs. Some the best fruit and vegetables for your skin include avocados, tomatoes, broccoli, sweet potatoes, and red or yellow bell peppers. Foods such as Goji berries, blueberries, cranberries, and artichokes are also packed full of antioxidants which work wonders for healthy and younger-looking skin.
Not only is exercise good for keeping your waistline in check, it is also good for your skin. Working out increases the blood flow in our body which pumps an increased amount of oxygen and nutrients to the various cells of the body, including the skin cells. More oxygen and nutrients means better functioning.
Stay Away From Hot Baths
There is nothing like relaxing in a hot bath at the end of a long and stressful day. But when it comes to your skin, the temperature of your bath may make a world of difference. It seems that as the skin is exposed to higher temperatures, the permeability of the skin also increases. This means that things can pass through the barrier of the skin more easily. It may start letting things in that you don’t need and letting moisture out, which you do need. If you find yourself itching in the bath, the water is probably too hot. The ideal temperature for a bath is between 37-43℃.
Wash, Exfoliate, Moisturize
Our skin is exposed to many pathogens on a daily basis. Think of the pollution and dirt we are exposed to constantly, or the makeup we apply daily. Our skin also naturally produces oil which can build up over time. This makes washing our face at the end of each day so important to get rid of all of these impurities. Apply a good moisturizer afterwards to keep your skin hydrated. Exfoliating once or twice a week helps remove the dead skin cells on the surface of the skin, allowing for newer cells to come to the surface.
Get Enough Sleep
We know that not getting enough sleep causes unsightly puffy eyes and dark circles, but what other benefits does sleep offer? Sleep is when our body heals and rejuvenates itself. While we are sleeping, our skin is building more collagen which is essential for plumper and wrinkle-free skin. During sleep, blood flow also increases to the skin improving the skin’s appearance which explains the washed out look you may wake-up with if you don’t get enough Zzz’s. Getting less than 6 hours of sleep a night will most likely affect your appearance. It is best to aim for 7 to 9 hours of sleep a night.
We only have one body, so take care of it. This is the best way to keeping you looking and feeling younger than your years.