Natural skin care is caring for your skin in a natural, healthy way, free of chemicals and artificial products. It is basically lifestyle choices you make to enable your skin to effectively care for itself without any special products. The great thing is, the good choices you make for natural skin care are also a excellent way to keep your whole body healthy.
Ways of promoting healthy skin
There are many simple things you can do to promote healthy skin.
Drink plenty of water
The first, and possibly foremost is drinking plenty of water. Must people have heard that you should drink eight glasses of water each day; While there are ongoing discussions among researchers as to how much water you should drink, it is generally agreed that averaging one cup for every ten pounds of body weight works well for most people. The average person weighs 160 pounds, two cups to a glass…thus the eight glasses.
But why is water so important to skin care? An adult body is made up of 45%-75% water depending on the amount of body fat and water is vital to healthy cell function. If your body feels fluids are not being replenished to a level that will support vital organs it naturally draws them from non-vital places like your skin.
In short, that dry, flaky skin could be a sign your whole body is suffering from prolonged mild dehydration. Water also helps flush out toxins produced through normal body function, those introduced through our food and, and from environmental pollutants. So taking in those eight glasses a day in an excellent way to start you on a course to a great natural skin care routine and good health.
Maintaining good hygiene
Good hygiene is another natural way to keep your skin looking it’s best. Daily showers, clean comfortably loose clothing and fresh bed linens are ways to keep excess harmful bacteria and allergens at bay.
Most of us hate to do it but daily exercise is an important way to help keep yourself and your skin healthy. Regular exercise promotes good heart health and good circulation, which nourishes and repairs the skin. Good blood flow is also vital to removing toxins from the body and stimulates cell function and growth.
Well balanced healthy diet
Our bodies can be likened to machines, you have to give your car fuel and oil and regular maintenance to keep it running and dependable. Eating a bad diet is like putting water in your gas tank, the engine sputters out; while eating a well balanced, healthy diet full of fresh fruits, vegetables and rich in Omega-3 such as those found in salmon, flax seed and walnuts are excellent for keeping you body’s engine running and promote naturally healthy skin.
Don’t buy into myths like greasy food will create greasy skin ~ it’s just not true. But greasy foods are high in calories and usually high in saturated fats, which can lead to obesity, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, poor circulation and reduce your body’s ability to heal and repair your skin.
Good night’s sleep
Getting a good night’s sleep is instrumental in natural skin care. Basically, sleeping allows your body to focus attention and energy on repair and replacing dead cells, which is vital to the look and feel of your skin.
Avoid over exposure to sun
Skin cancer is not pretty, and neither are the scars left by having it removed. Avoiding unnecessary exposure to sun is another natural skin care strategy. Recent studies on sun exposure and skin cancer have shown that sun damage is accumulative over our lifetime and getting into the habit of applying sunscreen daily can help prevent UV related melanoma.
Remember that if you have to be in the sun the best protection may just be keeping it covered by wearing long sleeves, hats and even using an umbrella.
‘Stress Kills‘. We’ve all heard that expression, and in our fast paced, high stress society, is it any wonder that it has become a modern mantra? Not only is stress a major contributor to high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes it speeds up the aging process making you look old before your time.
Stress reduces your body’s ability to repair itself causing premature grey hair and wrinkles. But how do you beat stress? The best way is to avoid stressful situations… but realistically that can’t happen in our world. All of us are different and we all have different ways of relieving stress. Some work out at the gym, or go for a good brisk walk while others find yoga or even reading a good book relaxing. What ever your method, relieving pressure is a great way to natural skin care.
It is important to follow these few simple steps to develop general good health habits; eating a healthy diet, drinking plenty of water, avoiding excessive sun exposure and getting a good sleep every night with moderate exercise will go a long way in helping to keep anxiety levels down. By doing these few simple things you can keep your body healthy which is the best way to natural skin care.