Do you know that regarding your body your skin is your largest organ? Internally, your largest organ is your liver. But on your overall body, your skin is the largest organ. How you take care of it is critical to its overall health as well as your body’s overall health.
It’s hard to determine which one of these tips are most important (because they all are) and the sequence of the list below is no indication of that. Take every tip and apply it to your skin and I believe you will like the results.
Be sure to eat a well balanced diet that eliminates processed foods, artificial colors, preservatives and flavorings, sugar and foods with GMOs. Get lots of greens and “whole foods” in your every day diet.
Be sure to hydrate and there is no better way than with water. For some, water is hard. I know I never drank it as a kid. I hated the taste. I think because it tasted like metal probably from the copper pipes. But when I was pregnant with my first child, I really revamped my diet and started adding water. At that time Evian was very popular. I drank that by the gallons. I fell in love with water. Right now that is what I drink 90% of my day. Add some fresh squeezed lemon or lime and you will find it so refreshing.
This is so important. Getting a good 8 hours is critical to not only your health but to your skin. Sleeping allows your body to detox and rejuvenate. When you are not getting enough sleep, your skin is pale, your eyes can be puffy and you overall look exhausted. Make this a must!
- Fresh air and sunshine
Vitamin D is so important to your health. The sunlight stimulates your body to produce Vitamin D; which is known to be protective against many diseases. You don’t want to overdue the sun but a good 15-20 minutes a day gives you a glow of health. A little color never hurts. But don’t add color via cosmetics. Get the real deal.
This is one area that I am very weak in. I find it hard to exercise and am currently working through why I have such a block here. I know in my head and in my heart it is critical for my overall health but yet I struggle with doing this. But exercising keeps your skin toned and increases circulation and helps detox internal chemicals by sweating. It also can help you de-stress after a long stressful day.
- Keep your skin clean
What you wash your face with daily is imperative to your health. The cosmetic industry is so unregulated that you really need to educate yourself with ingredients and the impact on your health. Check out my blog entitled Ingredients in Cosmetics. I discuss here the dangers of many of the ingredients in our cosmetics. You can go to Whole Foods or your local health food store and find safe products.
Putting a filter on your shower can also be beneficial. Our water systems are filled with fluoride and chlorine to name a few chemicals; both which are not healthy for your skin nor your body. The chlorine kills all bacteria (even the healthy ones) on your skin and can dry it out.
- Moisturize Your Skin
This is important to keep your skin soft and smooth. Dry skin is itchy and unattractive … to say the least. Be sure your moisturizer is safe and use products like Shea Butter and Aloe Vera. AVOID ALL PETROLEUM BASED PRODUCTS. They are made from the gas you put in your automobile. They do not belong on your body. They actually will dry your skin even more.
Also consider taking Omega-3s. Mine is Antarctic Krill Oil by Dr. Mercola. I found this helped tremendously with my dry skin. But I always moisturize my skin after each shower. The combination of the Omega 3s and moisturizing has eliminated my dry skin and I used to have a battle with this.
- Tone Your Skin
Consider using a toner to give your skin a protective measure that will help remove residual oils and impurities. After you cleanse your skin, use the toner. Mine is a spray so it’s easy to spray my face. There are many healthy recipes for toners. Dr. Axe or Dr. Eric Z has a number of options.
- Exfoliate Your Skin
This helps to remove dead skin cells and unclog your pores. It also will help the blood circulate in your skin and will refresh its surface. Doing this 2 – 3 times a week will create a beautiful glow in your skin … barring you are eating well, drinking enough water and getting enough sleep.
Be sure you use a product that has a gentle exfoliate; a product that has ingredients such as ground cornmeal, oatmeal or finely chopped nuts. You can even make your own exfoliating paste with water, rosewater or even some herbal teas. Or consider making your own with sugar, essential oils and olive or almond oil. These natural products will help draw toxins from your skin as well.
Bottom line we must be responsible and take care of our skin … as well as our body. We are our best advocates. Eat well, rest well, hydrate well and be careful what you put on your body. Resolve to make little healthy changes each day. You don’t have to change everything in one shot. Make small changes each day and before you know it you will have achieved a greater level of health and feel and look good also.
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