Great Skin Doesn’t Just Happen By Chance. It Has To Be Nurtured

Lanu Pitan

Skin is the largest organ that covers the entire body, so needs to be fed both inside and out, to make it flawless

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Contrary to what people believe, the skin needs a lot of tender loving care (TLC), and you have to follow a good routine if you want to have beautiful skin. Looking after your skin starts from the right nutrition to feed it from inside to topical products you apply outside. Looking after your skin can make a huge difference to achieving a radiant polished complexion

Home-based Skin Care Regime

A home-based skincare regime is where everyone should start on a route to flawless skin. This is important even if you are one of the lucky ones with naturally beautiful skin.

And I said everyone because men generally believe that skincare routine is for women.

The home-based regime is a three-way routine that includes:

  1. Cleansing — what you use here will depend on your skin type. If you have oily skin, simply using warm water with fragrance-free soap is enough, and pat dry. It is not necessary to use a body scrub or sponge. Cleansing should be done at least twice a day.

Facial and body cleansers are not necessarily better than fragrance-free mild soap unless there is a breakout in the skin.

2. Toning — is not really necessary for oily skin. This is because most toners are alcohol-based, and they dry out the skin, which makes the skin to produce more oil.

3. Moisturiser — Follow up with a light moisturiser. However, use a moisturiser when the skin is still moist. You can use night cream at bedtime. Is SPF (Skin Protective Factor) or UV (Ultra Violent) moisturiser necessary? This will depend on you, and your skin type. The skin does need some sunlight too, so blocking them out entirely is not advisable, unless you are prone to skin problems that are affected by these two.

Sleep — I am sure some people will be surprised by this, but sleep is an important aspect of keeping the skin healthy. The skin helps in detoxification and rejuvenation during sleep, so it is important to support the process by sleeping for at least seven hours and apply a nourishing product before bed.

What To Eat To Nourish Your Skin

Vitamins, A, C, E, B3, flavanoids and antioxidants have been clinically proven to help skin fight the signs of ageing, wrinkles and inflammation. So the best foods for the skin must include varieties of these foods.

Vitamin A — is very rich in foods like carrots, dark leafy vegetables, orange and yellow vegetables and fruits. Vitamins A help in the production of collagen, control oil production and reduces inflammation.

Vitamin C — helps in the formation of collagen, and protect skin cells from oxidative stress. Bell peppers and oranges are rich sources of Vitamin C.

Vitamin E — helps in skin hydration, and acts as an antioxidant. Rich in avocado and oily fish like salmon and mackerel

Zinc — plentiful in seafood, tofu and wholegrains rice and pasta. Zinc aids in skin cell renewals, and reduces skin oil production in preventing clogged pores.

Copper — produces melanin which contributes to hair and skin colours. It also helps in reducing oxidative stress. Plentiful in nuts and mushrooms.

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Some Things That Poses Danger To Our Skin

  • Over-exposure to the sun, over-tanning and exposure to pollution.
    The use of harsh cosmetics products
  • The use of house cleaning products that contain irritants and are damaging to our skin.
  • Skin moles need to be monitored, as they can be a sign of skin cancer. Watch out for colours, edges that are rugged, whether it is growing, or with pain.

Some Great And Basic Information About Skin

  • Our skin has the ability to heal itself, and have twenty-eight to forty-two days cycle. During these days, old skin cells die, and new ones are formed under the skin, which then gradually moves to the surface as new ones are shed.
  • There is a strong link between skin problems and gut health. Skin problems can cause SIBO (Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrown).
  • Skin is highly responsive and ages quickly if one is worried or suffers from emotional stress or disturbance.

Skin is highly absorbent, with underarms and genitalia being the most absorbent. However, lipid fats under the skin create a barrier to water. So it is not easy for water to penetrate the skin, while it absorbs creams etc.

  • The outer layer of the skin regulates the body temperature and accounts for up to fifteen per cent of the body weight. The skin can stretch and shrink as the bodyweight changes.
  • Skin mites reside inside the hair follicles, while skin bacteria (MICROORGANISMS), about one thousand species reside on the skin surface.

It is important to keep and maintain the lifestyle that improves your health, as well as on your skin.

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