Nourishing the skin doesn’t end with having a good bath and washing your clothes; there are other ways to take care of your skin. Do you know that the skin is the largest organ of the body? The skin is a very impressive part of the body that functions differently to keep us safe.
The skin reveals some stories about your life, the skin changes at different points, the acne breakouts during your teenage years, the glow of a good lifestyle, and the wrinkles of ageing. Your age, health, and lifestyle reflect in your skin.
Nourishing the skin is essential because it is the first line of defence between the body and the outside world. We are exposed to various things in the outside world which can harm the body. The skin fights and protects us from being affected by bacteria, pollution, and other chemical substances.
I will enlighten you as you continue reading about why nourishing the skin is important and insightful ways to nourish the skin. Your lifestyle plays an important role in nourishing the skin. Unhealthy diets, smoking, and stress damage the skin. You have to put your lifestyle in check for good health in general.
Why Nourishing The Skin Is Important
The skin plays a vital role in supporting and protecting the body. Here are three insightful functions of the skin
The skin regulates body temperature
We feel differently when the weather is cold and when it is hot. The skin has a way of controlling the body temperature. It does this in two ways: through blood flow changes and sweating. During the hot season, the blood vessels enlarge and increase the blood flow, releasing heat from the body by sweating. This process is different in the cold season; the body retains heat when the blood flow reduces due to narrowed blood vessels. That is why during this period, we sweat less
The skin protects us
The skin comprises pigments, proteins, and glands that help protect the body. Keratin is a protein in the skin that protects tissues from stretches, chemicals, and heat.
The pigment( melanin) in the skin protects us from the sun’s harmful UV( ultraviolet) rays. The sebaceous gland produces oil that helps prevent the skin from drying out. Note that sweat protects against germs due to its acidic nature.
The skin recognizes sensations.
Tiny structures(receptors) are found within the skin layers that help detect sensation. These sensations comprise heat, touch, vibration, cold, pressure, and pain. The skin sends an alert of danger when exposed to life-threatening sensations like exposure to fire.
With the conveyed important functions of the skin, we should strive toward nourishing the skin for a healthier life. But unfortunately, the skin is affected negatively due to some occurrences like hormonal imbalance, skin conditions, or clogged pores.
Causes Of Uneven Skin Texture
1. Hormonal imbalance
An excess hormone in the body causes hormonal acne bumps in menstruating women. Low estrogen causes skin conditions like eczema. Hormonal changes result in dry and flaky patterns on the skin.
2. Vitamin deficiency
Lack of vitamin B in your diet can lead to skin diseases like acne, flaky skin, rashes, and wrinkles.
3. Air pollution
Regular exposure to air pollutants like auto exhaust, smog, manufacturing byproducts, and other gas particles can damage the skin, dry skin, and cause wrinkles and clogged pores.
4. Chronic skin conditions
Eczema is an inflammatory skin condition made distinctive by red, dry, and sometimes itchy patches on the back, hand, wrist, and face. Constant itching of the affected areas can cause a patch and change your skin texture.
It would help if you learned how to take care of your skin by using some healthy skin tips like exercising, drinking enough water, and so on. There are various ways to nourish the skin; you just have to select the more convenient one.
Nourishing the skin doesn’t have to be luxurious or time-wasting. Following healthy skin tips, skincare routines, and healthy lifestyle choices are ways to nourish the skin. Nourishing the skin helps it look shiny, beautiful, and healthy.
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7 Tips for Nourishing The Skin
Here are healthy skin tips to help you get a radiant glow and soft, wrinkle-free skin throughout the year.
1. Eat a healthy diet.
Eating healthy is a way to nourish the skin. It promotes young-looking skin and a radiant glow on the skin. Stay away from unhealthy fats and unrefined carbohydrates. Eat more fruits, whole grains, and vegetables. Some skin-healthy foods include;
Tomato doesn’t only nourish the skin but also nourishes the body. Nigeria is the one of the largest producers of tomato in the world, so it should be easy for you to get it. Research has shown that tomatoes have skin cancer prevention advantages.
They have antioxidant properties that help protect the skin’s components (e.g. collagen).
Oily fish and walnuts
They contain omega-3, which helps prevent dryness and scaling of the skin.
Others include Avocado, dark chocolate, sweet potatoes, and fatty fish(e.g. mackerel).
Calorie restriction also contributes to nourishing the skin and slows down ageing.
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2. Protect yourself from the sun
An important way to nourish the skin is to protect it from the sun. Exposing the skin to the sun for a long period can cause age spots, wrinkles, and a high risk of skin cancer. The sun’s rays are strongest between 10 a.m and 4 p.m, so avoid staying under the sun during these hours of the day.
In addition, you can use sunscreen of at least SPF 15, hats or caps, long pants, and a long-sleeved shirt to protect yourself from the harmful effects of the sun.
3. Gentle treatment of the skin
Cleansing and shaving can also affect the skin, so it is advisable to do these things gently. Use warm water rather than hot water and reduce your bath or shower time because going otherwise removes oils from the skin, leaving the skin dry. Use soft soaps and mild cleansers. Shave carefully by using shaving cream or lotion before shaving.
During exercise, blood flow increases, nourishing your skin by supplying oxygen and nutrients. Simple exercises that help in nourishing the skin include jogging, walking, dancing, and yoga.
5. Adequate sleep
Adults are recommended to sleep for 7-9 hours every day. Not having enough sleep can be detrimental to your skin and health. Insufficient sleep increases signs of premature skin ageing and prevents collagen production. Collagen gives the skin its strength and elasticity. During deep sleep, your body repairs and regenerates skin, muscles, blood, and brain cells.
6. Put a stop to smoking
Smoking damages the collagen and elastin in the skin and also increases the risk of squamous cell skin cancer. Smoking makes the skin pale and look older—the repetitive facial expressions made when smoking contributes to wrinkles. Smoking is detrimental to health.
7. Relax and have fun
Make time to rest. Stress triggers acne breakouts. Stress makes the skin look older. Make time to do fun things and whatever you enjoy doing. To promote healthy skin, you must manage your stress and relax.
We all want radiant, glowing and healthy skin, which can only be achieved by nourishing the skin. The skin shows the kind of lifestyle you have. Eat healthily, sleep well and follow other tips from this insightful article for healthier-looking skin.
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