How to Keep Your Skin Healthy, Naturally

How to Keep Your Skin Healthy, Naturally

Your skin speaks volumes about your health and reflects how your environment, genetics, and choices affect you. It also has the ability to reveal signs of stress, poor diet, sleep deprivation, aging, substance abuse, and much more. And did you know that it’s also your body’s first line of defence against weather, germs, allergens, and physical hazards?

No matter your age, gender, or skin pigment you can help keep your skin healthy and radiant with the following healthy choices:

Good Nutrition

Eating a healthy diet that includes a variety of unprocessed foods will provide your skin with the nutrients it needs for proper maintenance, repair, and free radical defence. Be sure to include plenty of fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds, whole grains, lean sources of protein, and healthy fats too.

For women, taking a daily multivitamin and mineral supplement that includes iron, such as Super Multi Plus Iron, will help provide extra nutritional insurance. As well, this supplement also contains biotin, beta-carotene, and zinc which helps maintain healthy skin.

For men, a multivitamin and mineral supplement without iron, such as Super Multi® Iron Free, is a great option for extra nutritional support.

Limit Sun Exposure

Limit Sun Exposure

Exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays speeds up the aging of your skin [1]. By limiting your exposure, wearing an SPF of 30 or more, and covering your skin with clothes, hats, and sunglasses while outside during peak UV hours, you’ll help protect its health – and hopefully hang on to that youthful glow a little longer.

Proper Hydration

Staying hydrated is important for your entire body, including your skin. Drinking enough to quench your body’s needs – plus a little bit extra – supports epidermal hydration and the ability for the skin to recover after physical stress.

Manage Stress

Manage Stress

Your stress level has a complicated relationship with your skin’s health and can possibly influence its appearance [2]. Keep psychological stress from getting the better of you and your skin by finding healthy ways to manage it, such as regular exercise and relaxation.

No Smoking

Smoking is bad for you on the inside and out. Cigarettes accelerate skin’s aging [3].

Watch for Changes

Watch For Changes

If you notice a sudden change in your skin, such as the appearance of red, black or brown patches, bumps, or sores that don’t heal, consult your health care practitioner [4]. While many changes are trivial, some can be indications of underlying health problems that require medical attention.

References:

[1]  Better Health Channel. “Healthy Ageing – The Skin.” Victoria State Government. Web. 15 September 2016.

[2] Chen Y, Lyga J.  Brain-skin connection:  Stress, inflammation and skin aging. Inflamm Allergy Drug Targets. 2014;13(3):177-90.

[3] Akiba S, et al.  Influence of chronic UV exposure and lifestyle on facial skin photo-aging-results from a pilot study.  J Edipemiol. 1999 Dec;9(6 Suppl): S136-42.

[4] Wick MR. Cutaneous melanoma:  A current review.  Semin Diagn Pathol. 2016 Jul;33(4): 225-41.