Our skin performs several functions, and is the largest organ in our body. Its main purpose is to shield us from invading foreign materials and to aid in the release of toxins from our bodies. Drinking plenty of water has been said to be the way to achieve smooth and supple skin. It has been regarded as the most effective natural treatment for many years, and doctors recommend that you drink 6 to 8 glasses of water a day in order for your skin to function at its best.
Nutrition is also an important factor in skin health. One of the most debated subjects concerning nutrition is chocolate. Many people disagree on whether or not chocolate affects your skin condition. Regardless of the result, your best option is to stick with a nutritious diet loaded with fresh fruits and vegetables, along with fibre.
Exfoliating is another thing experts recommend to achieve beautiful skin. Head to your local beauty store and get a good body scrub or exfoliating “loofah” to get rid of dead skin cells. You should do this one to two times a week to allow your skin to breathe. Exfoliants also help stop ingrown hairs from emerging. However, you should not use exfoliants on your facial skin. This is because facial tissue is thinner and more sensitive than the rest of the tissues on your body. There are many very good exfoliating gels and exfoliating sponges on the market today, that are specially designed for facial skin.
However, for people that struggle with acne problems, they should not use these sponges or gels, as it may cause further acne aggravation. Consider instead, an exfoliating treatment in the form of a skin peel if you are prone to acne. It is, however, a good idea to contact a skin specialist before undergoing any kind of peel. It is recommended by many doctors to wash, moisturize and tone your skin two times a day.
Never forget to remove your makeup before you go to bed, and wash your face even if you’re tired. Your skin cannot breathe properly at night if your pores are clogged with makeup. Sleeping with your makeup on can also lead to acne breakouts. For men, some may get shaving rashes when it comes to shaving. Some men experience lower self-esteem because of this, but it’s actually not a huge problem. Avoiding rashes can be quite simple. It can be as easy as shaving so that your razor follows the direction of hair growth. That’s all there is to it!
Also, facial scars can sometimes be unattractive. It is recommended that you use neroli or jasmine essential oils that have been diluted in carrier oil, to heal a scar. This has also been said to work on stretch marks. If a scar turns silver or white in color, you will not be able to remove it any further. However, if it is pinkish or red in colour, chances of healing are very good.
The feet are often a neglected part of the body, when it comes to skin care. If you don’t have time to get a professional pedicure, fill a basin or tub with warm water. Let your feet soak for approximately fifteen minutes. Afterward, dry off and apply a rough skin remover. Wash off the remover and thoroughly dry your feet.
Avoiding too much sun exposure is a very common skin care precaution that everyone should take. When a person is overexposed to the sun, a sunburn can result. Present day sunscreens only block out UVB rays and still allow harmful UVA rays to pass through. You should always cover up when going outdoors, and use sunscreen along with a wide-brimmed hat and long sleeves, if possible.
Besides eating a healthy diet, getting plenty of exercise will also help you to have healthy skin. Getting the adequate amount of exercise not only keeps you physically fit by regulating your oxygen intake, but it helps to improve you skin’s natural glow, as well.
A typical problem that people are faced with is stress. Studies have shown that when a person is undergoing stress, a part of the body called the adrenal cortex transforms adrenal androgens and converts them into testosterone (in both males and females), which then causes the sebaceous glands to be over productive. The adrenal androgens are released and result in the doubling of testosterone, increasing oil on the face, and leaving other areas on your body dry, due to dehydration. Making sure to get the proper amount of sleep, 6 to 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep on a daily basis, can help relieve stress and revive your skin, leaving it beautiful and healthy.