The skin is the largest organ in the body and it is very delicate too. Anything could irritate an unhealthy skin and even cause infection. It is therefore essential to keep your skin healthy and young at all times. Consider the following 10 secret ways to achieve that.
- Drink lots of water
This obviously had to be the first point. This is because water is probably the most important resource ever. It causes plants to grow, machines to run but most importantly, it helps us human beings to function. There are countless benefits of water and top on the list is the benefits it has on the skin. Drinking water causes the skin to be moist and more resilient, a factor which prevents wrinkling. You should take at least 8 glasses of water a day to maintain a healthier, younger-looking skin.
- Wash your face
Do not go to bed before taking off their makeup. Do not! It may seem harmless enough but the consequences will appear later on in life. First of all, makeup, especially too much of it causes the skin to clog. Imagine sleeping through the night with a clogged skin? If you are too lazy to wash your face, then use wipes to take off the makeup. For those who do not use makeup, washing your face is still a necessity. It gets rid of the oil and dirt build up which you acquire as you go about your duties during the day. Not washing your face frequently can this lead to breakouts and bacterial infections.
- Avoid too much sugar
Not many are accustomed to the unhealthy effects of taking too much sugar on the skin. Too much sugar intake leads to glycation which is a condition whereby excess sugar breaks down collagen; a compound that is responsible for giving the skin its structure. You would have to cut down your daily chocolate, ice cream, and candy intake if you desire to maintain your skin’s good health.
- Exercise regularly
Regular exercise is good for the skin too. It gives one a glow almost immediately after exercise because your sweat pores open up and the surface of your skin is moistened. Exercise keeps stress levels down which has great benefits on the skin. Exercising does not only mean going to the gym and struggling to lift weights. Exercise entails very many things. One can choose to swim, run, dance or play a sport, whichever the form, as long as it is regular, it will help keep your skin healthy and young.
- Avoid taking too much alcohol
Intake of too much alcohol has serious effects on the body and the skin being the largest organ, it is not exempted. Alcohol causes dehydration. We should avoid consuming too much alcohol and for every glass of alcohol, you should have an equal glass of water to rehydrate.
Fun fact: water also helps prevent hangovers.
- Apply sunscreen
We all have our excuses to avoid applying sunscreen. Some say that it causes darkening of the skin, others say it causes blemishes while others simply say it makes them uncomfortable. Well, all this may be true. However, the benefits of sunscreen outweigh the disadvantages provided that you choose the right type of sunscreen.
Like all products, there are sketchy sunscreens but there are also quality ones out there. You can inquire from your dermatologist which sunscreen is best for you. Sunscreen will help shelter your skin from sun rays which break down collagen, causing wrinkles and in the long run, can lead to sunspots.
- Do not share makeup with friends
You may have done this from time to time when in a rush, do not make it a habit though. Sharing make up also means sharing bacteria and skin infections. As expensive as they may be, you should have your own makeup kit equipped with extra brushes just in case you lose some. If you cannot afford a full make-up kit to at the moment, then consider applying make-up at all.
- Get enough sleep
Apart from taking water, sleep comes in second as a very essential process of rejuvenating your body. Most repair and replacement of worn-out tissues and skin cell actually takes place in the dead of night while you are deep in slumber.
You may find yourself staying up late on social media or glued to a TV screen binge-watching your favorite series. There is no reason good enough for one to pull an all-nighter because it has serious repercussions on our health and skin. We can almost immediately see how lack of sleep affects our skin. We wake up with baggy eyes and a pale looking face. Therefore, for the sake of keeping our skin young, get enough sleep, a recommended 8 hours a night for children and at least 7 hours for adults.
- Do not skip meals, take more fruits and vegetable
Meals are very important when it comes to keeping our skin healthy and young. Sometimes we have such busy schedules that we do not find time to eat regularly. Having enough essential nutrients and energy help us work better and hence prevents our skin cells from aging faster. You do not want skin that looks old and dry, therefore munch up on leafy greens, fruits, and cholesterol-free foods. They will help keep your skin young and supple.
- Relieve Stress
We have allowed stress to become a big part of our daily routine, especially in our demanding careers. If effects of stress are not countered, our bodies suffer the toll and this will show prominently on the skin.
Stress causes skin wrinkles, blemishes, and dullness. This makes us look older. There will always be stress causing factors but it is up to us to determine whether we will let them affect us or not. We should avoid stressful situations or at least find a healthy way to deal with them. We can enroll in a gym, take part in yoga sessions or baking lessons. If the level of stress becomes unbearable, you should think about going to see a therapist.