As the body ages, skin becomes thinner and less moist. Keeping the organs healthy keeps skin healthy. The thyroid is an organ that regulates hormones in the body. Hormones affect the skin, hair and nails, how full we feel when we eat, how food tastes to us, sleep patterns, weight control and mood, among other things. Keeping hormonal levels at the norm keeps skin soft and healthy. But that’s not all. The body is attacked daily by free radicals. Free radicals attack the cells that make up the organs, of which skin is the largest. Consuming foods that contain antioxidants fight free radicals for the health of the organs. Keeping the body hydrated does much to make skin soft and healthy. Here are a few tips that will keep skin glowing and soft.
The body is about 98% water, but we lose much of that when we sweat or are in the sun too long. Drinking water not only replaces that which is lost but moisturizes the skin from the inside. Drinking coffee, teas, sodas and energy drinks may give people a burst of energy but caffeine dries out the skin. Limiting these drinks to one or two cups per day denies caffeine a chance to dry out skin. If water is too boring to contemplate, add a little fruit juice or squeeze some lemon into the water.
Eating the right foods can keep skin soft and glowing. Skin contains natural oils preventing moisture loss. Eating foods with Omega-3 fatty acids help keep this barrier working correctly. Fish such as salmon and tuna are high in Omega-3 fatty acids. If fish isn’t your thing, walnuts and flax seed added to the diet will help supply Omega-3s. Spinach is a good source of Vitamin A, another component that keeps skin healthy. Berries, especially blueberries, contain antioxidants that fight free radicals. This keeps cells healthy for organs and skin.
Hot water robs the skin of its oils. Showering or bathing for long periods of time also rob skin of its oils. Bathing or showering for less than fifteen minutes helps keep skin soft and healthy. Moisturizing just after stepping out of the bath or shower helps keep the skin moisturized from the outside in.
If people eat and drink healthy stuff, then what is put on the skin should be just as healthy. Dead skin cells keep the new fresh cells from surfacing. Using sugar scrubs and oatmeal to bathe will clear dead skin cells so healthy new skin can shine through. Avoid harsh soaps and cleansers in favor of natural ingredients for healthy glowing skin.
Stress does awful things to the body. Unfortunately it is difficult to mitigate stress. Natural supplements can help mitigate stress which is good for skin. Stress creates circles under the eyes, lines around the mouth and eyes in addition to other insults. Using supplements to reduce stress will result in soft, healthy glowing skin.