Experts say that the skin is the benchmark for the body’s health. Healthy skin also an indicator of good health, so taking good care of your body not only gives you great skin but give you good health in general.
Your body has the ability to regulate itself, supply nutrients to various organs such as the skin and generally give it a healthy glow. The body also has the capability of improving how the skin looks. It can make the skin supple, radiant, healthy, and youthful looking. Taking care of the body from the inside out has been grossly underrated. Caring for the skin in this way will result in a more natural glow.
If this is the case, then why doesn’t it do that exact same thing to everyone, you may ask. Various factors will impair the body’s ability to do – bad diet, smoking, stress, lack of sleep and other factors make the skin that old, scaly, thing many people see in front of the mirror.
But wait, there’s hope! With proper nutrition, proper care and maintenance, you can help your body improve your skin’s health and appearance.
Think of it like this. Let’s say you have a green plant, and you don’t water it for some time, and neglect to give it fertilizer, and plant it on poor soil, won’t the leaves wither and dry up? The same can be said about one’s health in general and the skin in particular.
The exciting thing here is that it is becoming increasingly evident that it is not only what you apply on your skin that improves it, but what you put into your body as well. Studies are showing that vitamins, minerals, water, exercise and rest all play an important part in improving skin.
To improve skin health, it would do well to take note of the following factors.
Vitamins and Minerals
It is getting increasingly hard to get the necessary vitamins and minerals from what the average American eats. Vitamin supplements may help in this regard. Scientists are discovering how increasingly important the vitamins C, E, A, K, and B complex are to skin health. Being able to absorb these vitamins through diet and supplements will improve skin health a great deal.
Eat lots of fresh vegetables and fruits which not only supply necessary vitamins but help to keep your digestive system clean.
Dehydration results in scaly, coarse, and unhealthy skin. Water also helps flush out toxins in the body. These toxins could cause a variety of skin conditions and could very well spell skin doom for most people. So drink lots of water and avoid caffeine which can dehydrate.
The benefits of exercise have been understated. Exercise can benefit the body and the skin a lot. Since exercise has the effect of improving circulation, this improved circulation benefits the organs of the body. And since the skin is the largest organ, it benefits greatly from exercise. Good circulation helps bring more blood and nutrients to the skin. It also facilitates the removal of waste and toxins, resulting in a better skin health.
Stress and lack of rest have a telling effect on the skin. The body needs rest to repair and rejuvenate skin cells. If the body does not get this rest the skin generally appears pallid and contributes to a haggard look. Bags can form beneath the eyes due to water retention. Lack of sleep has also been pinned as one cause of acne.