Did you know that the skin is the largest organ of the body? The truth is, there are so many factors that go into how to improve your skin quality. What you put into your body, how you care for it, the environment that surrounds you, and your stress level all play a part in the condition your skin is in. So, how do we improve the quality of our skin? And we’re not just talking the skin on your face. Skincare includes the skin throughout your entire body. It needs special care. Here are a few of our favorite tips to help you out.
Step One: Eat better. Yes, believe it or not what you put into your body affects your skin just as much as what you put on it. Staying hydrated and eating plenty of nutrient-filled fruits and vegetables will help to make sure you are nourishing your body the way it needs, as well as help support healthy, glowing skin.
Step Two: Exercise regularly. You did read that correctly. I said exercise. When you exercise, not only do you cleanse your skin while sweating during your workout, you also provide your skin with optimum oxygen levels that help pump the much-needed nutrients to your skin cells. Be sure to shower and cleanse your skin well after any exercise to keep bacterial growth to a minimum.
Step Three: Stress Less. Certain skin conditions such as acne can be caused by cortisol, what’s often referred to as the “stress hormone”. Try breathing exercises, yoga, or meditation to lower those stress levels. And as mentioned before, adding exercise to your daily routine helps to relieve stress, thereby helping your skin to remain clear and healthy.
Step Four: Protect it. Though we are no longer kids and can make adult decisions, this is a reminder to put your sunscreen on. Exposure to sunlight without protection increases the chance of sunburn, skin cancer, and wrinkles. If you have a hard time remembering, keep a small bottle of sunscreen in your car, or in your purse and try using makeup that is at least 15 SPF.
Step Five: Be careful of what you put on it. There are so many skin products out there, it’s hard to discern what products are best for you, and skincare can get expensive. The ultimate goal is to get products that include naturally derived ingredients. While ingredient lists will often have complex chemical names, some of these are actually just the official names for plant extracts. So keep in mind a complex name doesn’t mean it’s anything bad for you, just be sure you know what it really does mean and why it’s in the product. After all, you wouldn’t eat something if you didn’t know what it was, and you don’t want to put something on your skin that you don’t know the effects of.
Your skin is the biggest organ on your body. Yes, it can repair itself to an extent, but the more you take care of it, the better chance you have at keeping it happy and healthy for a long time.
your therapist, Rute Fernandes