Beauty is only skin deep, right?
You can tell folks who subscribe to the misconception that character defines a person more than a shining countenance. For the rest of us (and we form a vast majority), glowing skin is just as crucial as a flawless character.
It’s common knowledge that looks impact self-confidence. If you’re not proud of your skin, you won’t be proud of your abilities. That’s why it’s necessary to pull all the stops in making your face (and, by extension, skin) healthy and shiny.
Fortunately, there are multiple tips to improve skin health. Many of these methods are lifestyle-based and do not require any medical interventions.
Read on as we unpack the top five proven ways to enhance the health of your skin this season.
Block Sun Damage
The early-morning sun may give us vitamin D for free. But excess sun exposure can prove detrimental to your skin. The sun emits potentially harmful radiation that could cause skin damage. Intense sun exposure is one of the leading causes of skin cancer.
But even if you don’t develop carcinomas, spending too much time in the sun can still cause numerous short-term adverse effects on your skin. Examples include dehydration and heatstroke.
Fortunately, there are several ways to minimize sun damage. Start by wearing protective clothing – clothing that covers most of your body. You might also consider investing in sunscreen. That’s especially if you travel a lot or work outdoors, where you’re invariably exposed to harmful radiation from the sun.
Staying hydrated is probably the most affordable way to keep your skin moisturized. All vital organs need water to function normally. But the skin needs it even more. You’ve probably come across publications suggesting eight glasses as the recommended daily water intake. However, the conventional wisdom is to stay hydrated at all times.
Remember that the thirst sensation usually indicates that you’re already dehydrated. Other symptoms of dehydration include dry eyes, dry mouth, thick saliva, and reduced skin elasticity. Another thing to note here is that you don’t need to drink plain water to keep hydrated. You can flavor your water with lemon and other natural sweeteners if you struggle to meet your ideal daily water intake.
You might consider smoothies, fruit juices, and energy drinks. In the same breath, be sure to cut back on coffee, alcohol, and other drinks known for their dehydrating effects.
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Watch What You Eat
Your diet can impact the health of your skin significantly. Eating certain foods may lead to radiant skin, while others could cause your skin to feel hard and flaky. But where do you draw the line?
For starters, insist on foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, including fatty seafood like salmon, herring, and mackerel. Omega-3 fatty acids can offer immense health benefits to the skin. That’s mainly due to their anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
Another category of foods to consider is those rich in protein. Protein forms the building blocks for tissues and muscles. Your skin would lose its texture, shape, and form without it.
And as we’ve just reiterated, avoid dehydrating substances, such as coffee and alcohol. Coffee may be suitable for your brain. But it’s not so healthy for your skin.
Get a Good Night’s Sleep
A good night’s sleep is not only beneficial for your mental health. It can also improve your skin. It’s during sleep that the skin heals and repairs itself. A considerable part of that self-healing process involves the synthesis of new collagen.
Collagen is a type of protein in connective tissues, including bones, cartilage, and tendons. High collagen levels on the skin have been shown to prevent aging signs like sagging.
It’s also during sleep that skin muscles, particularly muscles in your face, get to relax. That explains why people generally look younger in the morning than in the evening.
Besides, the body expels many toxins while we sleep, such as depleted skin cells, while we sleep. New ones are regenerated as dead skin cells get eliminated from your skin. This helps to rejuvenate the skin.
Try Herbal Extracts
There are numerous herbs that you can add to your skincare routine. Cannabis, also known as marijuana or weed, is a notable mention.
Cannabis contains at least 120 naturally occurring cannabinoids that might improve the health of your skin, including tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). Using lab tested marijuana seeds may help treat various skin conditions, including acne, psoriasis, and eczema.
Cannabis mainly improves acne symptoms via its anti-inflammatory effects. Marijuana extracts like CBD may relieve skin inflammation resulting from acne breakouts by preventing the activation of inflammatory triggers, such as chemokines and cytokines.
Cannabis may also treat acne due to its calming effects. The plant’s soothing properties might come in handy in combating overactive sebaceous glands. Sebaceous glands produce sebum – the waxy substance that coats the skin and gives it its shiny appearance.
Sebum secretion is necessary for smooth, shiny, and moisturized skin. However, most acne instances occur when sebaceous glands go into overdrive, triggering an over secretion of sebum. By calming down these glands, cannabis plays a direct role in fighting acne breakouts.
The skin is the largest organ in the body. So, it deserves all the care it can get. We hope you can implement the tips mentioned above to keep your skin healthy and glowing at all times.