Your skin is the largest organ of your body, it weighs between 6 and 9 pounds and it covers about 2 square yards. It guards your body against bacteria and viruses and regulates your body temperature. Your skin can reveal something about your general health. Glowing skin is a good sign of healthy skin. For your skin to be the healthiest it can be, you should feed your skin the nutrients it needs from the inside out so it will be healthy and glowing for years to come.
Protect your skin from the sun. The sun’s harmful rays wreck havoc on the skin causing wrinkles, age spots and dryness. Exposure can even lead to skin cancer. Use a broad spectrum sunscreen before going out into the sun. Apply one preferably with at least a SPF of 30. Use a generous amount and reapply every two hours. Keep in mind the sun’s rays are strongest midday, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Exfoliate your skin and face. A gentle exfoliation will get rid of dead skin cells. An accumulation of dead skin cells will make your skin rough, dry and dull looking. Be careful not to over scrub your skin — treat your skin gently.
Drink a lot of water. Our bodies are comprised of 60 percent water and about 83 percent of our blood is water. Water will carry nutrients through your body, flush out toxins and increase your energy. Your skin is tied to the health of your body, so when you are properly hydrated you will look and feel better.
Eat a healthy diet. Eating plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins can lead to healthier looking skin. Nutrients in fruits and vegetables provide essential elements such as vitamins A, E and C, which all play a role in improving a healthy skin glow. Increase your intake of leafy greens, nuts, whole grains, carrots, broccoli, and bell peppers. The skin is made of protein and eating protein is necessary for healthy skin.
Moisturize your skin after you bathe. Applying a moisturizer immediately after you bathe traps the water and seals in moisture. It is important to preserve the natural oil in your skin. Since excessive bathing will wash it away, take shorter showers and gently lather your skin. Pat your skin damp instead of rubbing dry to leave some of the moisture from the water to moisturize your skin.
Bathe with warm water instead of hot water; hot water can remove essential oils from your skin and dry it out.
Dry, heated air can damage your skin. Use a humidifier in your bedroom to help replace any lost moisture.
References and ResourcesNational Library of Medicine: Medline Plus: Skin Conditions
USGS: Water properties: The water in you
American Academy of Dermatology: Dermatologists share Top 10 Tips for Healthy Skin, Hair and Nails
Mayo Clinic: Skin Care: 5 tips for healthy skin