We all like to think that we take good care of our skin. Mostly this is because we spend a small fortune on skincare products in order to combat the signs of aging and endow our skin with a youthful glow that defies our age. But there is a universe of difference between buying a lot of skincare products and ensuring that we have healthy skin. Your skin is more than just a fundamental part of your appearance, it’s an organ. Your skin is the largest organ on your skin, and like any other it needs to be properly nourished and maintained, and this needs to come from within as well as without. If you smoke heavily, drink daily, spend as long time in the sun and never leave the house without first applying your makeup, all the skincare products and egg masks in the world won’t give you the youthful skin you so desperately crave. Indeed, your comprehensive skincare routine could even be damaging your skin.
Here are some searching questions that you’ll need to ask yourself in order to ascertain just how healthy your skin really is…
When did you last see your dermatologist?
Dermatology (the study of the skin) is a rich and multifaceted discipline, and your local dermatology specialists can be of immeasurable help in ensuring that your skin is as healthy as possible. Aside from using techniques like mole mapping to ensure that your skin is cancer free while also helping with sensitive conditions like acne, eczema, psoriasis, hives and rosacea. They can even help us with problems caused by excess sweat and body odour.
While they can also help with cosmetic treatments from lip fillers to skin tightening procedures, they are an instrumental component in maintaining and monitoring your skin’s health.
How much water do you drink?
We all know the importance of keeping our skin well hydrated and moisturised, yet all too few of us focus nearly enough on the amount of water we drink quite so much as the moisturising products we apply to our faces and bodies. Drinking a bare minimum of 8 glasses of water a day can help to ensure that our skin is flushed free of toxins and facilitate healthy blood flow to the skin, ensuring that it gets the oxygen and nutrients that it needs to look and feel healthy. Thus, you can never have truly healthy skin if you continue to deprive it of water.
What’s going on your plate at dinner time?
As in most things, we have a tendency to massively underestimate the importance of diet in maintaining healthy and beautiful skin. Loading up on these delicious wholefoods will ensure that your skin remains healthy and gorgeous whatever your age…
Nuts and seeds- Rich in Omega 3 fatty acids to will help your skin to retain moisture and stay full, firm and youthful. Pumpkin seeds are also high in zinc to boost immune function and quell outbreaks of spots or acne.
Leafy greens- There’s a whole lot to love in kale, pak choi and spinach, but besides being a powerhouse of nutrition, these plants are also rich in chlorophyll to help improve circulation to give your skin a healthy glow and facilitating nutrient absorption by the skin.
Berries- These tiny tasty morsels are low in sugar but packed with antioxidants which can protect against the aging effects of sun damage.