Did you know that November is recognized as National Healthy Skin Month? The skin does a hefty job in protecting the body from germs and other infectious agents, but it’s important to treat it right. So how do you keep skin healthy? Here are some important points to consider:
1. Eat a Healthy Diet
Nutritious food promotes healthy skin. Eat foods rich in:
Vitamin A – helps prevent dryness and signs of aging. Carrots, eggs, oranges, and dark green leafy veggies contain Vitamin A.
Vitamin C – boosts protein substances including elastin and collagen. These substances prevent wrinkles, skin lines, and sagging. Citrus fruits, green vegetables, and red peppers are rich in vitamin C.
Vitamin E – an antioxidant that helps skin retain moisture and heals the damage done by free radicals. It can also help neutralize the effects of a sunburn. Foods rich in vitamin E include nuts, grains, and olives.
A balance of these food choices can also lower the risk of some diseases, regulate sugar levels, and aid proper digestion. Keep in mind that the best skin-friendly foods are those rich in antioxidants and flavonoids. These two components can help minimize the effects of free radicals that cause skin flakiness, tissue damage, and wrinkles.
Foods rich in Omega 3 and Omega 6 are also good for the skin. These fatty acids can enhance skin’s moisture and prevent blemishes and dryness. Flaxseeds, salmon, mackerel, and walnuts are good sources of omega oil.
Also, hydration is paramount. Drink fluids regularly.
2. Cleanse and moisturize
Washing the skin helps remove dust, dirt, and excess oil. To avoid damaging skin layers, opt for short showers, warm baths, and mild cleansers. Also consider exfoliating once a week to remove the old layers and reveal a new, fresh, and glowing skin. Moisturizing is also very important and can help strengthen the barrier that keeps out drying influences and negative elements in the environment.
3. Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle
Regular exercise improves blood circulation. As circulation improves, so, too, can the flow of vitamins and minerals to the skin. It’s also important to get enough sleep to avoid premature aging of the skin. Smoking and alcohol can also age the skin markedly.
4. Seek Treatment for Rashes
Eczema and hives can often be treated through allergy medications or allergy immunotherapy. Rosacea (redness or red bumps) can also be treated, and, of course, acne can be addressed as well through creams and medications. See a doctor for help, so you don’t have to live with the irritation and discoloration of skin maladies.