Simple Tips For Healthy Skin

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If you want to keep your skin healthy and blemish free its really pretty simple. Fortunately I was never one to have suffered with troublesome skin except for a few years in my teens. Keeping skin healthy really comes down to a few key things which provided you keep consistent will keep your skin nourished year round.

Start the Day with a Wash

Its a good idea to start the day with a good face wash with some natural soap. I like Dr Bronners as it really cleans deep and is very refreshing in the morning. This will help wash out the toxins and oils your skin has produced overnight leaving your pores clean and ready to start the day. If you suffer with dry skin don’t hesitate to use some moisturizer after washing to keep things supple.

Drink Up

I have written before about hydration and while I do not feel its nececcary to drown yourself in water I do think we should drink enough. So especially this time of year when its hot outside be sure to keep hydrated with 6-8 large glasses of water a day. Again avoid drinking with meals as it can hinder digestion. Get your main water in the morning and in between eating, Herbal teas throughout the day are a good idea and I find drinking green tea with meals helps digestion plus the anti-oxidants do your skin a world of good. Keeping hydrated keeps your skin elastic and gives your body something to work with when going about its various jobs.

Get Some Sun

Vitamin D is hugely important for our skin as well as just about everything else. What’s the best way to get it? Through sitting in the sun of course…..

Boosting levels of vitamin D could cut the incidence of breast cancer by a quarter, bowel cancer by a third and it should be offered to the population as part of a public health drive, scientists say.

The finding is based on a review of 2,750 research studies involving vitamin D, sometimes called “bottled sunshine”, which show that taking daily supplements of the vitamin could do more for cancer prevention than a library full of lifestyle advice.

The sun may be our best protection against cancer as well as a great way to keep your skin looking healthy, supple and nourished.

Don’t Scrub Too Often

I find exfoliating once or twice a month to beneficial but some people go overboard. If you scrub your skin too much you will rid yourself of all the good oils which allow your skin to regenerate. Therefore take it easy on the scrubbing and when you do always moisturize afterwards to replenish your skin.

Good Fats

Keep your intake of good fats high. This will allow your skin to maintain its elasticity, try to take a good Omega 3 supplement as well as eating things like raw dairy, raw nuts and avocado’s regularly.

5 Best Healthy Fats

Keep consistent with these foods and watch your skin’s health improve in no time. Another key to good skin is to limit your sugar consumption if you are someone who still regularly binges on sugary foods then give this a go it’s likely to make the most profound difference.

Skin Healthy Vitamins

Anti-Oxidants are something that show a huge amount of promising signs when it comes to skins well-being.

“There is a lot of important new research showing tremendous power of antioxidants in general, and in some specific nutrients in particular that can make an important difference in the way your skin looks and feels — and even in how well it ages,”

This to me shows the importance of a diet rich in fruit and vegetables. Especially things like berries and green leafy veg. As for supplements a good anti-oxidant formula would be a good idea especially vitamins C and E which are vital to skin health. Vitamin A is also very important for your skin and the best way to get this is through some good old fashioned Cod Liver Oil.

Comments

  1. Grok says

    Great post Chris.

    My ritual is pretty close to this, except I exfoliate nightly and use cocoa butter to re-hydrate afterward. By far the biggest changes in my skin came after switching to a paleo style diet, even though I was already eating “whole foods” almost exclusively.

    I am a strong advocate for cod liver supplementation also. Pretty hard to beat! Good A, good D, and a huge amount of Omega-3! Reasonably inexpensive as far as supplements go.

  2. MrsEvilGenius says

    Excellent advice! I have dry skin in my old age, lol (I’m 45) and so I have to be careful to keep my skin protected. I find that vitamin E oil is wonderful for that and reduces fine lines.

    I also saw my skin completely clear after switching to my current Lacto-Paleo lifestyle. I had bad rosacea that vanished when the carbs and sugars went away!

    -Blue

    @ Blue: Great tips, I have heard some good stuff about vitamin E oil before especially using it on things like scars and dry skin spots. A lacto-paleo lifestyle definitely helps a lot!

  3. Evan says

    When I shower, I wash only my scalp, face (out of necessity since I use plain old soap to shave with), armpits, and .. undercarriage, shall we say. The dry skin I’d been experiencing for so long on my arms and abdomen has vanished, and it’s perfectly smooth and free of blemishes everywhere else.

  4. Rodney says

    I’ll second the Dr. Bronner’s soap! I buy the large bottles of liquid soap and dilute about one part soap to two parts water. I put this in a foaming soap dispenser to make it easier to work with, as the liquid tends to run off too easily in the shower. I have pump dispensers in all of my bathrooms and kitchen. There are different scents, with lavender (not too girly smelling) and peppermint being my favorites. Peppermint does have that cool afterburn like a Halls cough drop, so be careful on delicate skin! People use this soap for all kinds of things, including brushing their teeth. Check it out and give it a try!

  5. Kat Eden says

    This is a great post Chris, thanks!

    And particularly relevant to me as I struggled with skin issues through most of my twenties. Even now I find myself losing track of what someone is saying if they have great skin and are make-up free – I think it’s one of the most confidence-inducing qualities!

    My skin improved dramatically when I switched to a back to basics diet (organic foods, raw diary, plenty of meat etc), and I just wanted to point out one of my favorite fats which didn’t make it onto your top 5 – grass-fed protein sources. Grass-fed meats are high in conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) which is an important Omega 3, and one not present in conventionally-farmed, grain-fed meats.

    Just another way to up the overall O-3 quotient and boost skin quality!

  6. Jonathan says

    Following up on Evan’s comment, Vitamin D takes 48 hours to be absorbed through your skin from the sun and can be washed off by soap and water. In order to get the benefits of sunlight, follow Evan’s washing procedure, so you don’t wash off the Vitamin D.

    I think Dr. Mercola goes into more detail about Vitamin D absorption.

  7. Marissa says

    Coming from someone who has actually battled trouble skin…this list of tips is good, but won’t always cut it. I had terrible acne as a teenager and nothing fixed it but accutane. Not every skin problem can be solved with a cleaning regime and diet. I wish it could. I am 29 and still have to go to the dermatologist once a year and MUST use 2 facial gels or else I will have blemishes. Birth control pills used to help as well, but I am anti-hormonal birth control and so I shun the pill.
    I have to resist saying something snarky here, because I know you mean well, but not knowing what it is like to have problem skin, you only have so much experience.

    Also, Dr. Bronners is incredibly drying and probably isn’t the best for the skin on your face.

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