Your skin is your body’s largest organ, so keeping it healthy is a big job. Unfortunately, there are many things you do every day that harm your skin that you may not be aware of.
Chlorine in water reacts with lotions, topical medications and cleansers. It’s a good practice to limit the time you spend in chlorinated water and always shower to wash off the excess. Remove leftover chlorine from your face with an astringent, such as witch hazel, before applying lotions or makeup.
Your body’s water is constantly being lost to perspiration and normal bodily functions. Even if you are largely sedentary, you should drink 64 ounces of water a day, and more if you are active. Some experts recommend drinking half your body weight in ounces of water, so if you weight 160 pounds, you should drink 80 ounces per day.
Caffeine is a diuretic that robs your body of water, leading to dry skin. Drink purified water with lemon juice instead, which helps remoisturize and alkalize your body.
Healthy skin requires proper nutrition to look its best. Starvation diets, skipping meals and eating too much junk food take a toll on skin health and appearance. Vitamins C, B3, E and A are essential skin nutrients, so include foods that provide the daily recommended dosage.
While relaxing to sore and tired muscles, hot water strips away the entire outermost layer of your epidermis. A sign you’ve been in too long is your skin turning red and beginning to itch. To seal in moisture, apply a body oil before you dry off and a body lotion after.
Hairspray is a major culprit, but conditioners and gels can also cause damage to your skin. Cover your face with a towel when spraying your hair, and wear a sweatband when exercising to keep hair products off your skin.
Your skin rehydrates and replenishes itself during sleep. Lack of sleep can make your skin dull with clogged pores. If you’re sleep deprived, use an exfoliant cleanser, hydrating moisturizer and drink plenty of water to remove dead cells and rehydrate your skin.
Chemical peeling removes the topmost layer of your skin, which takes three to four weeks to grow back. Peeling too often can damage your skin and cause hyper-pigmentation, or brown patches. A common peeling chemical, trichloroacetic acid, or TCA, is now listed as a suspected human carcinogen. To protect your skin, limit your chemical peels to no more than once a month, and ask your dermatologist not to use TCA.
Stress is a demon when it comes to skin, causing blemishes, rashes and wrinkles called “stress lines.” To combat stress, use relaxation techniques such as meditation or yoga, or participate in an activity you enjoy, like gardening or reading.
Sugar interferes with collagen production, which can leave you with sagging skin. Replace those sugary treat with organic fruits, especially those that contain antioxidants, such as dark grapes or blueberries.
Your skin reflects your overall health to everyone who looks at you. Avoiding the things that harm your skin, while practicing those that help it will not only make you look better, but feel better as well.
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