Taking Care of Your Skin Inside and Out

The skin is our largest organ and it often has its work cut out. Since it works so hard for us it's only fair that we should expend a little effort in return and take care of it. The skin protects our body from the environment, regulates temperature, fights off infections and the nerves endings in the skin are also responsible for giving us touch. With an unhealthy lifestyle, the skin can end up lifeless and in poor condition in terms of both its appearance and function. There are countless ways of preventing this.

 

Eat a Healthy Diet

Eating a well-balanced diet helps to keep your largest organ hydrated and healthy. Make sure to incorporate whole foods, as well as lots of vegetables and fruits.  Also consider incorporating supplements into your diet, such as vitamin E and Milk Thistle, which helps to support the liver, a vital part to healthy skin.

Drink Water

Hydrated skin glows where dehydrated skin is dry and lifeless. A good way to check for dehydration is by pinching the skin on the back of your hand: the skin should fall quickly, if your skin remains elevated and drops slowly, you're dehydrated.  CBS reports that up to 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated.

Stop Smoking (If You Haven’t Already)

Smoking is thought to cause the breakdown of collagen in the body and stop the body from producing more, resulting in the reduction of our skin's elasticity. This means that those frequently around smoke may find some premature signs of aging such as a wrinkled and leathery complexion.

Dry Skin Brushing

Brush your skin with a natural bristle brush before you get in the shower every morning and you should find your skin is smoother and brighter because you've been getting rid of dead skin cells. You might even find you reduce the appearance of cellulite by breaking down unwanted deposits of toxins.

Moisturize

A good moisturizer used after the shower daily will help to seal liquid into your body. Coconut or hemp oil work have worked wonders for many others. Other types of natural moisturizers include sesame oil, shea butter, and cocoa butter.

Implement an Exercise Regiment

The benefits of exercise seem endless. Exercising ensures that your body is far less likely to be stressed and you are far more likely to sleep soundly.

Get Enough Sleep

Getting a full night's sleep is essential to keeping your skin healthy. Getting about 7-9 hours of rest allows your body to carry out important restorative functions during the night. Everyone knows that a sleepless night shows straight away on your skin in the bags under your eyes. Sleep deprivation can also have some serious side effects, such as impaired thinking, which is dangerous if you drive a car, for example.

 

A good skin care routine will not only make you look better but will also make you feel a million times better too. The best thing about the items on this list? They all help keep your body in excellent shape, so looking after your skin becomes just an another part of looking after you, your most important job.

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