08 Jul Protect Your Skin Naturally
An average person is obsessed with the idea of looking good. While the term obsession readily springs distaste to the reading mind, it is actually not a bad thing to want to take care of your skin so that you can look gorgeous. In actual fact, it is becoming more essential with each passing day to have a sumptuous looking skin. How best then can you achieve this if not to protect your skin naturally? I am sure you are thinking what I am thinking.
Why should I take care of my skin?
Perhaps it is a fad that would pass? Or maybe it is another crazy trend that would fade? Trust me; this phase can never ever pass. Humans since time immemorial always feel the need to look good and will continue to feel so. It is worthy to note that the care of the body naturally starts from the skin. The reason for this is not farfetched; it is because the human skin is the largest organ in the body and on the first contact, this is probably where people begin to access you so why not make them green with envy at your skin’s delightful glow!
Core Functions of the Skin
Apart from the obvious fact that it covers the inner organs in the body, the skin as we know it is the body’s protective layer and as such, it must be taken care of properly to ensure its functionality. Coupled with its protective function in acting as a barrier to harmful chemicals and radiation, the skin also doubles as an organ of sensation that detects and relays information to the brain about changes in the environment.
It is also very important to note that it is the skin’s function to also regulate the body’s physiologic mechanism like your body temperature. Flowing from the above, it is quite needless to rehash the fact that the skin is a very important and an integral part of the body. You would agree with me that the part of the body saddled with these obviously important duties should actually be jealously and judiciously protected and maintained. Sometimes, we don’t even do as much as the skin does and we want to be jealously protected too! Give your skin some credit!
How do I Take Care of My Skin?
Taking care of the skin is definitely no longer a strange phenomenon if we really are living in this century. It doesn’t require you large sums of money and you definitely can have a fine skin while your bank account maintains its sanity! Here are five ways to protect your skin naturally without breaking the bank!
Minimize exposure to the sun:
Yeah, the sun is good, hogwash! As much as the sun emits Ultraviolet rays in certain wavelengths can of course be beneficial to the skin, this wavelength can also become dangerous to the skin when it’s in such capacity that the skin can’t take.
Prolonged exposure to sunlight at this high wavelength can lead to sunburns, red scaly spots on the skin, brown spots, dry/wrinkled skin or in extreme case skin cancer. We don’t want this for your skin, you need to minimize your exposure to the sun and how do you do this? Wearing sun screen, staying indoors during hot sun and wearing light protective clothes are all good strategies to minimize your skin’s exposure to sun.
Drink lots of water:
Please hydrate! Be sensitized about how fantastic water is to the body. Just like the saying that an apple a day keeps the doctor away, sufficient water a day keeps your body system functioning always!
Of course, water is a basic necessity in life and as such it is beneficial to our body, not only to the skin now but even your internal organs. Its usefulness cuts across every area of human endeavor. Aside the fact that we must drink water to live, water has loads of other functions I cannot begin to list but the most apparent benefit is its ability to help keep the skin hydrated and thus causing it to glow naturally.
We often are torn between good foods and bad foods. Making the choice is really tough sometimes because these bad foods are sweeter (sadly yeah) but who says good foods can’t be sweet too? Eating good foods gives the body balanced nutrients it requires for daily growth.
When you eat good foods every day, it facilitates the effective performance and maintenance of the body organs. Healthy meals such as fruits, vegetables, grains and lean proteins boost the skin’s resistance to the sun because they contain carotenoids, Omega-3’s and antioxidants which help reduce skin irritations, boost your skin’s immunity to sunlight and help stop cancer development.
Manage stress effectively:
The sad thing about stress is that some people don’t even know that they are stressed. You need to identify your stressors and work towards managing it effectively. Truthfully, stress is almost unavoidable as a result of the fast modern world we live in thus it is important that it is effectively managed. Exercise and Quality sleep routine is two vital ways by which stress can be controlled. The effective management of stress is very essential to your skin!
Stop deadly habits
Most times we do know what is wrong but we need others to “call a spade a spade” for us. To maintain a clear healthy skin, it is very essential to give up deadly habits such as smoking. It is not news that habits such as smoking are injurious to the skin. The skin being the most outer body part suffers enormous damage even from the smoke! There are a host of other habits people engage in but smoking is like the most popular. Sadly, smoking in addition to the above further affects the skin’s tenderness and elasticity by depleting skin collagen fibers; it decreases blood flow and also depletes oxygen and other important nutrients.