Twelve Tips to a Natural-Healthy-Skin

A natural-healthy-skin is a reflection of our general health and wellbeing. If we are at peace with God and ourselves, physically fit and well nourished, we should be able to avoid or delay many of the skin problems associated with aging. Maintaining a natural-healthy-skin as we age can be an outcome of our healthy lifestyle and it is never too late to start.

Your skin is the largest organ in your body. It protects our bodies from infection and gives us the sense of touch, which brings both pleasing sensations and pain. The pain protects by alerting us to danger. Perspiration from the pores in our skin cools our bodies and helps to detox the body. And importantly our skin especially that on our face can help to make us feel good about ourselves.

Excessive sunlight exposure damages the skin causing premature aging and wrinkling. Sunlight is composed of ultraviolet light, which can penetrate the skin and cause a lot of damage to blood cells and nerves. Long periods of exposure to ultraviolet light can damage the skin’s DNA that can result in skin cancer. Free radical damage caused by UV rays is also believed to be the cause of wrinkles and other symptoms of premature skin aging.

As we age our bodies produce less energy needed for cell regeneration and the repair of DNA. Your supply of antioxidants also decline. The following are tips to help preserve our natural-healthy-skin.  

Tips to help preserve our natural-healthy-skin 

  1. Have a positive upbeat attitude. Your prayerful and positive mental attitude is a powerful force for you to harness by simply choosing to trust in almighty God and being grateful for what you have. Learning to love yourself is easier when you realize how truly important you are to your loving God.
  2. Get plenty of sleep. Sleeping an uninterrupted 7 to 8 hours per night allows regeneration of cells and helps your body and hormonal systems function normally.
  3. Don’t smoke. Smoking contributes too many health problems, ranging from cataracts, sinusitis, and dental disorders to aging skin. Smoking breaks down the collagen and elastin, a group of proteins present in tendon and ligament and in the connective tissue layer of the skin. Smoking causes wrinkles.
  4. Drink lots of water to moisturize your skin (coffee and tea) don’t count. Maintaining proper hydration by drinking enough water is essential. Drink 8 to 12 glasses per day depending on your body weight. Limit the amount of caffeine and alcohol that you drink. Maintain moisture in your home environment especially in the dry winter months with a humidifier or with hot mist vaporizers.
  5. Wash daily and don’t scrub harshly.  Our skin thins as we age and thinner skin is more easily irritated by scrubbing. Additionally, scrubbing with harsh soaps can make our skin drier. After bathing pat dry and apply a moisturizer to help seal in the water and preserve your natural-healthy-skin. For a luxurious, spa style experience and superior performance try Eniva’s salon-quality Shampoo, Body Wash and Conditioner, as well as its new hydrating lotion. To learn more about Eniva’s natural skin and beauty products, click here.
  6. Modify your diet to include nourishing, organic foods including a lot of whole grains, Omega 3 rich foods, fresh fruits and berries especially blueberries. Research suggests that foods especially high in antioxidants such as blueberries, blackberries, and strawberries protect against age-related changes in the skin as well as in the brain. Eat more dark green, organic vegetables such as broccoli and spinach for heart and brain health. Greens are a rich source of vitamins A, B, C, E and K. Vitamin “A” helps maintain the integrity of tissues that line your skin and act as a barrier against germs. The body uses vitamin “C” to manufacture collagen, which is needed for healthy skin and to maintain skin strength and elasticity. To complement this diet with a good supplementation program that provides multiple vitamins and minerals in a bio-available form, click here.
  7. Consider adding a reishi mushroom supplement to your diet. A Korean experiment with an extract of the Reishi mushroom seemed to indicate that eating reishi mushrooms can slow the aging of the skin and protect against skin cancer as well. Chinese women take reishi for beautification of the skin and it is included in many Japanese patents for hair loss formulas, including products used for alopecia (baldness).
  8. Get the right amount of sun. Exposure can be reduced by staying out of direct sunlight during periods of peak intensity (11:00 AM to 3:00 PM). You can also use a sunscreen with an SPF rating of 15 or higher. The sunscreen will provide protection from the sun but will also block production of vitamin D. You can consider wearing protective clothing when outside, such as a wide-brimmed hat, long sleeves and sunglasses. Do not use tanning beds, which can cause harm to natural-healthy-skin. Have an annual check-up by your dermatologist.
  9. Engage in an ongoing exercise program. Exercise enhances circulation that brings more oxygen rich blood and nutrients to the cells of your skin. Exercise also helps to get your heart, lungs, and blood vessels in great shape. It helps your body eliminate toxins through perspiration and by improving the natural action of your lymphatic system. Aerobic activities include walking, jogging, swimming, biking, or any other activity that keeps you moving.
  10. Manage the stress in your life. Stress is one of the causes of high blood pressure, constricts blood flow and triggers increases in hormonal levels that can be destructive to our general health including that of our skin.
  11. Eliminate sugar and refined starches.  High sugar consumption is known to suppress the immune system increasing the likelihood of bacterial infections, chronic viral sickness, and even cancer. Sugar and starches can increase insulin levels and change your body’s hormonal balance. Your hormonal balance has a big impact on a natural-healthy-skin.
  12. Be judicious about the amount and type of cosmetics that you use. Avoid the use of petroleum-based products, which cannot be absorbed by the skin and block perspiration by as much as sixty percent.

All nutritional supplements should be taken only under the supervision of your physician. Nutritional supplements do not cure or prevent illness and disease.  They only give the body the extra nutrition it needs to take care of itself!  A healthy lifestyle starts with good nutrition.

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References and Suggested Reading List:

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  • "collagen." Encyclopedia Britannica. Encyclopedia Britannica Ultimate Reference Suite.  Chicago: Encyclopedia Britannica, 2011. 
  • "skin, human." Encyclopedia Britannica. Encyclopedia Britannica Ultimate Reference Suite.  Chicago: Encyclopedia Britannica, 2011.
  • "baldness." Encyclopedia Britannica. Encyclopedia Britannica Ultimate Reference Suite.  Chicago: Encyclopdia Britannica, 2011.

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