With all that is going on in our world and the hectic lives we lead, it can be a constant struggle to keep up with our self-care routine. All too often we find ourselves pulled in ten different directions as we try to juggle work, family, and life responsibilities. While we might go to sleep at night thinking we’ll spend time nurturing ourselves tomorrow, in reality, we’ll most likely wake up a little late and then start the day rushing through everything.
It’s no wonder we find our health declining at times when we have far too many things going on. Work alone keeps us swamped, and the demands never seem to cease. Technology was supposed to help make life easier, but instead, we find that we’ve got overwhelming stacks of project tasks and we are still answering emails at 8 PM. Things only got worse when the pandemic arrived, because now our homes became our office and the kid’s school building too. Any hope that home would become our sanctuary was long gone.
Why You Have to Pay Special Attention to Your Skin
Our skin is often referred to as the largest organ in our bodies. Amazingly, we have around 22 square feet of coverage and it comprises most of what we first present to the world. When someone does a great job of caring for their skin or they are doing great in life, we compliment them and say they are “glowing” because there is a radiance to their being.
By the same token, when we are under severe stress our skin can make us look older and run down, and new wrinkles can even appear. With all of the pressure in life, increased heat from global warming and particulate matter from poor air and wildfires it’s like the outer covering of our body is under constant siege. It’s increasingly necessary to come up with and follow a care regimen that truly works.
The Best Choice for Quality Skin Care
While there are many things you can do for your skin, the starting point to any care program should be high quality moisturizer that can protect and nourish around the clock. This sort of product has been clinically shown to hydrate and raise the moisture levels of your epidermis and other layers. Best of all, the protection lasts for up to 8 hours at a time. It’s great to apply it at the beginning of the day, and then again just before bedtime.
Ideally, your choice of product will be dermatologist-tested and compatible with all types of skin. The gentle, hypoallergenic nature of such a product will leave your epidermis notably smoother. Look for all-natural ingredients on the label so you are sure you are getting a moisturizer free of harmful chemicals.
Be Sure to Drink Plenty of Water
In addition to using a top-quality moisturizer, you should also make sure to drink plenty of water. Water not only keeps your organs and body working beautifully, it also fully hydrates your epidermis and other layers and improves its elasticity. Instead of looking lifeless, crinkled, or saggy, there will be a stretch to it and it will maintain its shape. Full hydration will also plump up deflated cells and reduce the effect and appearance of wrinkles.
One important element of healthy skin is that it is primed to fight off damage from things like free radicals. This is especially so when you are also taking anti-oxidants. If you are dehydrated, you’ll also find that signals your sebaceous glands to produce unsightly oils.
How Eating Healthy Foods Can Help
What you eat can make a big difference in how your skin feels and how it looks. One of the best things you can do is to eat foods that are high in essential fatty acids. This will help keep your cells healthy and will improve your hydration levels too. Examples of these foods are olive oil, walnuts, salmon, and pumpkin seeds. The fish also provides Zinc, which is a key mineral you need.
Other foods that are highly beneficial and that you should add to your diet are avocados, sunflower seeds, and yellow or red bell peppers. Sweet potatoes are great because they contain beta carotene, a carotenoid that is actually a natural sunblock. Broccoli, with its full complement of vitamins and minerals, is also highly recommended.
Other Ways to Care for Your Skin
Another step to take as part of your care routine is to pay attention to some environmental factors in your home. When you shower, it’s best to only use warm water instead of taking very hot baths and showers. High-temperature water can wash away the moisture your epidermis needs.
It’s also important to not run your heating and air conditioning system all day. The constant blowing of heat or cold air can dry out your cells, and leave them feeling irritated and itchy. Ideally, you should try to maintain a humidity level that is between 30 and 50 percent.
If you’d like to look younger and have a wonderful, healthy glow, you’ll want to start nourishing and taking care of your skin. Using a top-quality moisturizer that provides long-lasting protection, staying hydrated and eating the right foods can make a huge difference in how you look and feel.