Essential Steps for Your Healthy Skin

WHAT IS HEALTHY SKIN?

Essential Steps for Your Healthy Skin

Healthy skin is that which has been cared for, tended to, and nurtured. It is a reflection of our internal health and a story of our life - smile lines, frown lines, and the neglect or the love of the body’s largest organ.

Skin requires daily care, not only externally, but internally as well. A holistic approach for skin health ensures that your skin will reflect the time that you have invested to care and nurture it.

ESSENTIALS FOR HEALTHY SKIN

Holistic care for healthy skin requires nine important steps:

Use Gentle and Natural Skin Care Products: 

Using the right skincare products is a must for beautiful, healthy skin. Avoid cleaning with products that contain harsh detergents, such as sodium lauryl sulfate. 

Harsh cleansers remove more than dirt and make-up - they can also remove the essential oils on your face that are needed for healthy skin! When choosing creams or lotions, avoid those with toxic and synthetic ingredients.

Be sure to check the labels on the products you use and use those that have only gentle, natural ingredients, such as herbs or essential oils. 

Lavender and tea tree oil are both very gentle, antiseptic natural ingredients that can be found in many natural skincare products. 

It is especially important to clean your skin before retiring for the night, as your body excretes toxins during sleep. If facial pores are clogged or dirty, it may cause break-outs.

Drink Plenty of Water: 

Spring or filtered water is preferable to tap water, which can contain toxins and unwanted substances. In general, 8-10 glasses of water is needed to keep your body hydrated, which will result in skin that is hydrated.

Feed Your Skin: 


Provide your skin with the essential nutrients it needs by eating a daily well-balanced diet, high in antioxidants, protein, and essential fatty acids.

Supplement Your Diet: 


For added assurance, take a quality multi-vitamin daily. If you find it routinely difficult to eat well for healthy skin or if you have a skin disorder, such as acne or eczema, you may want to consider taking additional vitamins and supplements targeted to heal your skin concern.

Get Adequate Sleep: 


Ideally, 7-8 hours of uninterrupted quality sleep is best for healthy skin. Your organs (remember skin is an organ, too!) repairs itself during sleep.

Exercise: 


Exercise increases blood flow to the skin and provides oxygen to skin cells. It also helps maintain organ health, which ensures that the body’s toxins are eliminated by the kidneys and liver; if these organs are unable to work efficiently, the skin, sometimes called “the third kidney”, has to help these organs rid your body of excess toxins, and this may lead to skin problems such as acne.

Manage Your Stress: 


Learn and use effective stress management skills. Most of us have so many demands placed on us we can be stretched too thin. 

The result? Stress! Constant stress, especially in women, can increase the release of cortisol, a hormone that the body produces in reaction to a stressor. Too much cortisol can lead to acne.

Perform Routine Skin Exams: 


Thoroughly examine your entire skin on a monthly basis. Become familiar with your moles, freckles, etc. By knowing what is normal for your skin, you will be more able to spot any unusual changes or growths. See a dermatologist right away if you notice anything abnormal.

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