There is no denying that we currently live in an image driven world and, for better or worst, a sizable portion of an the average individual’s sense of self-esteem is centered on their outward physical appearance. One of the largest determinants of beauty is centered on the health of one’s skin, something that many within the country are aware of as they spend nearly two billion dollars a year on products that help either improve the quality of their skin or make it appear to be healthier than it actually is. Yet, is this really necessary. Often times we lose track of the means to the goals we are trying to attain. As with nearly everything, there is a responsible, tried-and-true method of going about something and the short-cuts that most people take instead. Skin care is no different.
The health of one’s skin is usually a pretty good barometer of their overall levels of health,
as Dr. Georgina Donadio, found of the National Institute of Whole health states, “Your skin is the fingerprint of what is going on inside your body, and all skin conditions, from psoriasis to acne to aging, are the manifestations of your body’s internal needs, including its nutritional needs.”
The real key to having healthy, beautiful looking skin is to improve ones overall level of health.
Your skin, like any other organ in your body, has certain nutritional requirements needed for it to thrive and function properly. While it may seem like simply applying a variety of different chemically based creams to your skin is the most direct way to improving it, understanding what your skin actually needs to flourish is even more important. Most of these things can be obtained by simply making adjustments to the foods you put into your body everyday or changing a few behavioral habits. Give them a try before you run out to buy your next bottle of skin care cream containing god knows what in it.
Countless studies have been conducted outlining the important role a variety of different vitamins play in encouraging healthy skin growth. Vitamin C and E can actually help counter the effects of UV rays by eliminating free radicals (molecules that destroy various structures within the body, including DNA) in the body, and can be obtained by eating foods such as nuts, spinach, and seeds. Biotin, a B-vitamin, is an instrumental building block in the production of skin, hair, and nail cells. A lack of biotin can lead to the reduced ability of your body to produce new skins cells. Biotin is produced in small quantities in the body, but can also be obtained by eating more eggs, bananas, and oatmeal.
Many are well aware of water’s ability to improve the state of one’s skin, but few are aware of why this is. For one, adequate water intake improves the body’s ability to remove toxins from the body. This includes the toxins and bacteria that can lead to skin infections known as acne. Most water also serves as a great source for obtaining many of the minerals our skin needs for healthy functioning, such as zinc. While the role water plays in improving skin health is controversial, there are a number of other health benefits that arise from drinking proper amounts of water, so what have you got to lose right?
While many look to exercise as a cause of acne and bad skin, it’s likely that its benefits far outweigh and possibly cons. One of the primary causes of acne and bad skin is stress. The body does a number of different things when put under stress which includes sending extra immune cells to the surface of the skin under stress (which can lead to blotchiness) and releasing cortisol (which triggers the release of sebum from hair follicles, an oily compound). Continued levels of exercise has been shown to reduce overall levels of stress, and reduce the excretion of the hormone cortisol. Exercise also improves blood flow throughout the body which can provide with a healthy glow. Finally, sweat brought about through exercising can actually help flush toxins trapped within your sweat glands, which are found everywhere throughout your skin.
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