8 Ways To Make Taking Care Of Your Skin Quick And Easy
Your skin is the largest organ in your body and generally the most under appreciated.
Aside for cosmetic reasons, people don’t really take care of their skin. The health benefits to maintaining a healthy epidermis can help increase your overall health.
The first part of properly taking care of your skin is knowing what kind of skin you have. Skin types vary from person to person and your own personal skin type can even change throughout your life.
Stress, diet & hormonal changes are just a few reasons why your skin type could change. If you are a female your skin type may change during your menstrual cycle for example. Another factor all people need to be aware of is the affects that the weather has on skin.
The type of skin you have will fall into the following categories. In order to test your skin type either ask a dermatologist or use an oil blotting paper to test your skin.
Oil blotting paper works by first washing your face and letting it dry then dabbing sections of your face with the paper. The sections where oily residue appear will tell you what type of skin you have.
Normal skin is identified as being neither oily nor dry. Generally there are very few discolorations and the pigment of the skin remains consistent.
Normal skin gives off a smooth appears and pores are barely visible.
The characteristics of oily skin include a shiny appearance and enlarged pores. Oily skin is also more susceptible to acne and blackheads.
Dry skin can have certain flaky, dry patches. The appearance of the skin is very tight, almost looking stretched.
There is very little shine or glow to this type of skin. This type of skin is also more prone to wrinkles and lines.
Sensitive skin presents itself with blotchy, red patches and broken capillaries. This type of skin is also more prone to rashes and irritation.
People with sensitive skin may have a consistent burning or itching feeling.
Combination skin is just how the name sounds: a combination of dry and oily skin. Areas around the chin, forehead and nose may be oily. Areas around the eyes, hair and jaw lines tend to be dry.
This type of skin is prone to blackheads and pores are usually very large.
It’s important to understand the type of skin you have so that you can use the right products. Yes, this is even important for men, some of which suffer with terrible skin because of their lack of understanding of what their personal skin needs to be healthy.
Once you know what kind of skin you have, you can plan a proper plan of attack to help get your skin healthy.
An overall healthy lifestyle contributes greatly to having good skin. The following are some specific things you can do to increase your skin’s glow:
Protein to build
Real proteins (not fast food burgers or chicken sandwiches) have nutrients in them that really help strengthen your skin.
Try and eat proteins that have more complete amino acid profiles, B12 and vitamin D. These vitamins aren’t easily found in plant sources of protein.
If you choose to get these nutrients from plant sources you need to do the research and properly prepare your food. For example fermentation, soaking or sprouting may be required to make these sources more digestible and to get rid of the things your body doesn’t need like phytic acid.
Water for hydration
Taking in plenty of liquids is important for your skins hydration and overall health.
Quality fats to fight inflammation
Healthy fats are key to being healthy in general. Try and bump up your omega 3 intake by eating sardines, tuna, salmon or Omega 3 enriched eggs.
These healthy fats can also be found in nuts like avocados, sunflower seeds, almonds and peanuts.
Vitamin A to repair damaged skin
Green and yellow fruits, carrots, sweet potatoes, garlic and ginger are some great sources of nutrients that give you healthier skin. Fish liver oil is also high in vitamin A.
You can get vitamin c from apples, leafy greens, onions, garlic, sweet peppers, supplements from the store and of course from oranges.
Querctins to reduce skin reactions
Quercetin is a bioflavonoid that is found in plants. It’s well known for its functions as an antioxidant, anti inflammatory and its stimulating effect on the immune system.
Quercetin can be found in citrus fruits, green tea, onions, red wine, kale, berries and many other fruits and vegetables.
B-complex vitamins to combat dryness
Natural sources of B12 is only found in animal foods. Try eating more organ meat (liver), sunflower seeds, fish , eggs, brewer’s yeast and leafy greens.
Vitamin E to protect the skin
Eggs, liver and broccoli are all great sources of vitamin E. You can also buy vitamin E oil from your local drug store and apply it directly to your face.
Zinc to help skin healing
Peaches, cocoa, apricots, eggs oysters and pumpkin seeds are all great sources of zinc.