The condition of our skin affects how we look to others and how we, ourselves feel. Dry or itchy skin is a nuisance, but can usually be easily ameliorated. But there are serious skin diseases that threaten our health. Skin cancer, for one, is on the rise. We offer the following tips to help you keep your skin healthy.
When it comes to keeping the skin on your face healthy, it is often a good idea to consider what you are putting in your hair. Some leave-in conditioners and hair products can actually clog pores around your hairline. The hairline is already a very oily area, so take care when applying products on or around it.
To keep your skin healthy, don’t smoke. Smoking causes your skin to age and it can cause wrinkles on your face. When smoking it makes the blood vessels in the outer layers of skin more narrow. This decreases the blood flowing in your face and depletes the skin of oxygen and important nutrients, needed for healthy skin.
If you are a female, be careful with the type of makeup that you use. Try not to use a makeup with a lot of chemicals, which can harm the surface of your skin and starve your pores of oxygen. Find a mineral makeup that is made up of natural, breathable ingredients.
For great skin, be sure to drink plenty of pure water. This will keep your skin hydrated and glowing. After a shower or bath, pat your skin dry gently and slather on a natural oil to hold in the moisture and to moisturize your skin. Sunflower oil and peanut oil are two good, inexpensive natural choices.
For great skin, take the time to breathe more deeply. All the cells in your body need oxygen to function properly and that includes your skin cells. Breathing more deeply, allows more oxygen to enter your blood stream, where it can be re-routed for use in healing, renewing and cleansing skin cells. Staying calm and un-stressed, also allows your body to take in more oxygen and to use it more effectively.
If you have sensitive skin, avoid facial scrubs that feel gritty or grainy; they will only make your skin retreat in pain. Instead, wash with a gentle castile soap (Dr. Bronner’s is a quirky but reliable brand) and pat gently dry after rinsing. Your sensitive skin is very reactive to its environment and needs the gentlest of treatment. Using grainy scrubs, or especially any products containing AHAs (alpha hydroxy acids) will further aggravate your skin’s sensitivity, creating redness and irritation.
Your skin’s health is important. Your skin is an organ, the largest one in your body. The health of your skin is heavily affected by your the overall health of your body. If you take care of yourself physically, it will show not only in the numbers at the doctor’s office, but it will also be apparent in your skin.
These tips have given you a better idea, both of the range of skin problems and their cures. Our skin is the part of our body, most exposed to pollutants and contaminants that are in our environment. It behooves us to be vigilant in protecting our skin, for it protects the rest of our body.