We literally live inside our skin.
Take good care of your skin and it can function properly and remain healthy for a lifetime.
Here are seven habits you can begin today to ensure your skin achieves and maintains an overall balance of health and longevity:
1.) Get A Good Night of Restful Sleep - When you do not get adequate sleep, your body makes more of the stress hormone cortisol. Higher levels of cortisol can lead to increased stress and inflammation throughout the body, damaging your skin's quality. Here is a good article on 6 Amazing Reasons To Get More Sleep For Skin Health. A highly successful skin care routine should start with restful sleep.
2.) Eat A Healthy and Balanced Nutritional Diet - A healthy diet consisting of the proper portions of all six food groups in the Food Pyramid is essential for your body and skin to function properly. We like to say that "we are what we eat" and that certainly is the truth. This is not new news, however, good eating habits are often overlooked in our hectic lives as we take short-cuts to fill up and curb hunger. Fast food establishments have grown to be a mainstay of many people's lives and this type of eating is often an injustice we do to our bodies. A highly successful skin care routine must include proper nutrition.
3.) Avoid Cosmetics with Questionable Ingredients - When choosing skin care products people who know better always read the label and they avoid ingredients which can be harmful to the skin. Specific ingredients are included in skin care products to stabilize the formula or thwart bacterial growth. This function is required in topical skincare products however through the years it has become evident that certain ingredients such as parabens, phthalates, and certain alcohols may disrupt the skin's balance and have additional negative consequences. Always read the label carefully and avoid products which contain artificial colors, parabens, petrolatum, mineral oils, sulfates, and phthalates. Also, avoid products that list "fragrance" as an ingredient. The term "fragrance" in skincare can include dozens of potentially harmful chemicals that are non-regulated when used in skin care products at less than 1%. Choose, instead, cosmetics which list the scent source such as essential oils of various citrus extracts or other natural blends.
4.) Take Precautions to Avoid Sun Damage - Radiation from the sun in the form of UVA and UVB rays can take a heavy toll on our skin's health and vitality. Avoiding exposure to intense sunlight is a good practice especially when living in warmer climates, where you may tend to stay outside longer. If you are like me and enjoy the feeling of the sun's rays, then you need to be religious about protecting your skin in other ways. Applying a natural quality sunscreen, with at least an SPF rating of 30, to exposed body parts such as the face neck and ears, is recommended on a daily basis.
5.) Supplement With Internal Sun Protection - I tell everyone I care about that they should help protect their skin from damaging and sometimes fatal rays of the sun by supplementing their health with a high-quality Astaxanthin product. Astaxanthin is the naturally occurring red pigment which imprints shrimp, krill, Salmon and even lobster. When supplementing our health Astaxanthin bio-accumulates in our skin tissues and directly helps revitalize and protect skin by quenching oxidative stress and inflammation initiated by the sun's rays. Astaxanthin also increases the skin's moisture levels, lessens wrinkles and fine lines, and increases skin's elasticity from the inside out. The benefits to the body of Astaxanthin actually go much further than just skin deep. Learn more by clicking the Astaxanthin bottle.
6.) Wash Your Face Before Going To Bed - With our hectic lives, it is often easier to go to bed without properly cleaning your face. Oil and dirt accumulate throughout the day and is added to the makeup you may have applied in the morning. Your skin wants to breathe at night. It requires oxygen... makeup, oil, and grime, are not part of the equation for healthy skin. We recommend the SeaQuarius Sea Clean Facial Wash. it provides an outstanding clean and you will feel like you just stepped out of the sea.
7.) Stay Hydrated - You have heard about the importance of drinking eight glasses of water a day but many of us fail to achieve this level of optimal hydration. You can get a portion of this water from eating lots of healthy fruits with high water content. Proper water levels in your body help to plump the skin which decreases fine lines, plus water intake helps the skin's metabolism work more efficiently for a healthy glow.
A highly successful skincare routine may take a little work but the positive results for your skin's health can last you a lifetime.
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