Humans have skin covering their bodies entirely, thereby making it the largest organ. Not only does it provide protection, but it also houses sensory stimuli. In short, we could not live without it.
There are three layers to the skin, the epidermis, the dermis, and the subcutaneous. When discussing skin care or how to have beautiful and healthy skin, we are referring to the epidermis or outer layer.
Dos and Don’ts of Skin Care:
- Use sunscreen
- Expose your skin to humidity
- Drink plenty of water
- Eat a healthy diet
- Over-expose your skin to sun or cold
- Take baths or showers with very hot temperatures
- Over-indulge in alcoholic beverages, caffeine, or junk foods
What Your Skin Needs:
- Vitamins such as C, E, and A are antioxidants that help protect the skin against free radicals. Vitamin K fights against eye circles, bruises, and wrinkles. Biotin or Vitamin B-complex is the basis of skin and is especially important in treating conditions such as psoriasis or eczema.
- Minerals including zinc, selenium, and copper all provide protection for the skin.
- Water hydrates the skin from the inside out. Drink at least six to eight glasses daily.
- Topical care need not be expensive. Be sure to wash daily with a mild cleanser and use a moisturizer for your skin type.
The Best Foods to Nourish Your Skin:
Some of the best super foods to nourish your skin include:
- Dark chocolate
- Greek yogurt
- Sunflower seeds
- Green tea
- Edamame or soy
In addition to proper nutrition, your skin will also respond favorably to fresh air, exercise and adequate sleep. If you are still experiencing skin problems after incorporating a healthy lifestyle, contact a doctor or dermatologist.
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