People often ask my opinion on the type of cream that should be used based on a skin condition, looking for a solution in the world of creams.
Many times, however, it is not just a cream that will solve a skin problem. The skin is the largest of the body’s organs and one of the few that is actually visible. Hence it is via the skin that we are often “notified” of an internal problem or condition. For example, drier than usual skin doesn’t necessarily mean that incorrect skincare is being used, but that perhaps the body is dehydrated, due to lack of water and too much caffeine/alcohol intake. In addition, an acneic skin can flag up a hormonal imbalance of the body, due to extra sebum production.
A quick fix isn’t necessarily the answer, like most things the underlying issue needs to be dealt with.
Tips for promoting healthy skin
- Drinking plenty of water keeps the skin hydrated. Other health benefits of drinking water are highlighted in this article – Back to Basics, What Could Water do for You?
- Aim for a good night’s sleep. Sleep allows the body to undergo a period of skin renewal – new skin cells grow to replace older ones. Sleep may also help improve dark circles under the eyes as lack of sleep can lead to the blood vessels under the eyes to dilate making them appear dark. This post can provide more information on how to improve sleep.
- Limiting alcohol intake.
- Avoid smoking. Active and passive smoking can affect the skin.
- Avoid processed foods by eating plenty of fruit and vegetables which provides the right nutrients for healthy skin and body.
- Avoid stress, which can lead to acne, rosacea, eczema and other skin conditions due to the release of stress hormones.
- Exercise and healthy breathing will result in a healthier body inside and out, as circulation will improve, bringing the right nutrients to all the organs of the body, including the skin. See more on breathing exercises here and here.
- Use a hard brush before or while showering or bathing. This will promote removal of dead skin cells, as well as improve circulation and digestion. Brush the body for a few minutes, starting from the feet and moving upwards towards the heart, in circular motions.
- Thoroughly cleanse your face as part of your bedtime routine. This will get rid of any excess dirt, which can obstruct pores and can damage the skin overnight. The use of a gentle toner after cleansing and before moisturising is also recommended.
- Using natural salts such as epsom, dead sea, or himalayan salts in the bath. This is great for detoxifying the body and skin.
- Protect the skin from the sun to avoid long term skin problems, as well as skin cancer.
Taking care of your general health will improve your skin condition and appearance. Using organic skincare products gives your skin that extra care.
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