The Skin You Live In

The largest internal organ in the body is the liver; however, the largest organ on your body is the skin. The skin protects us from the elements, helps regulate body and temperature, and permits sensations of touch, heat, and cold. The skin also protects us from contaminants. Proper skin care is important because we need it to be in optimal condition to perform these tasks. Taking care of your skin does not have to be difficult. People usually emphasize taking care of facial skin. We should also remember to take care of the skin on the rest of our body.

Having our skin at its best condition involves a number of tasks including eating right, exercising, and getting our rest. There are foods we can consume for healthy skin. They include carrots, green leafy vegetables such as spinach and kale, tomatoes, berries, beans, peas, lentils, fatty fish like salmon, and nuts. A diet high in processed or refined sugars, fried foods, and unhealthy fats can be a detriment to your skin. Getting enough sleep is important for your skin because while you sleep your body repairs and recovers. You should get at least six hours of sleep a night. Exercise increases blood flow and helps nourish skin cells and keep them vibrant.

You should also protect your skin from the sun. Regardless of your ethnicity you should use sunscreen even in the winter. We have heard of the health dangers from smoking. Smoking is also bad for your skin. It contributes to wrinkles and makes your skin look older. Avoid hot water on your skin because it can make it dry. Don’t take long showers. Be gentle with your skin by using natural products. Stay clear of harsh soaps. Do your best to avoid stress. Stress can make your skin look dull.

You don’t need to spend a fortune on skin care products. There are a lot of inexpensive natural products you can use on your skin. I use Vaseline on my feet. Coconut oil, Shea butter, or cocoa butter is great for keeping your skin moist.

Healthy skin is important for your overall health and appearance. Take the time to give this organ the attention it deserves.

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