Your skin is the largest organ in your body, and is a reflection of what it is exposed to both externally and internally. Many people have skin issues and try to combat them by using harsh chemicals or taking medication. However, by making some simple changes and addressing 1) what you're exposing your body to and 2) learning to take proper care of your skin, you, too, can have beautiful, radiant skin!
Personally, I was not taught how to properly care for my skin as pubescent girl. Not that teens listen to their parents anyway; but I sure would have loved to know then what I know now! I’m fortunate to have the skin I do, considering the abuse it took so long ago. Aside from good genes, I've spent the past decade paying attention to what I put into my body and what I expose my skin to. As a result, I've been able to reverse some of the damage I caused and create healthier skin.
To create and maintain beautiful skin, try the following:
1. Drink 1/2 your body weight in ounces of water daily - Water hydrates skin, keeping it soft and supple.
2. Eat a balanced-based diet - A diet rich in vegetables, fruits, whole grains, beans, and legumes is one of the keys to beauty, as well as longevity.
3. Supplement with Biotin and Omega 3 fatty acids - Both help skin stay supple and smooth.
4. Avoid processed foods and beverages - Processed foods and beverages often contain ingredients that deplete nutrients and block cell growth and function.
5. Sweat - Sweating helps move toxins out of your body and create healthier skin. Keep in mind, however, the actually process of sweating may be aggravating to your skin. However, the long-term benefits are worth it! If you can't exercise daily, try a dry or far-infrared sauna.
6. Reduce stress - If you have a job you don’t like or are in a negative relationship, the stress can take a toll on your skin (and your entire body).
7. Get plenty of sleep - Sleep is a time for your body to rest and regenerate. If you don’t get adequate rest, your body may deteriorate faster because it doesn’t have enough time to regenerate.
8. Wash face morning and evening - It is important to rinse your face with water in the morning to remove any toxins that surfaced overnight. In the evening, before bed, use a mild cleanser appropriate for your skin type to wash away environmental toxins, dirt and makeup (if you wear it).
9. Moisturize - It is important that skin has appropriate moisture, especially your face, to avoid wrinkles and keep skin healthy. Apply an appropriate moisturize after washing in the morning and evening to help keep your skin soft and supple.
10.Use natural skin-care products - Chemicals in skin and personal care products can be harmful to your skin, as well as your internal organs. What you put on your skin can be absorbed into your blood stream.
The Environmental Working Group (www.EWG.org) is a great reference to learn more about what you're