Healthy looking skin reflects overall wellness. If you have glowing skin, you’re in good health and possess good vitality. On the other hand, dull or dry skin reflects dehydration, stress or imbalances in the body.
As the body’s largest organ, there are many reasons why we need to keep our skin healthy.
The skin’s primary function is to protect us from harm including damage from ultraviolet (UV) radiation, harmful bacteria, viruses and other infections agents. It also helps maintain a healthy temperature for the body by adjusting the temperature through evaporation, perspiration, radiation, and insulation. Under the skin, the sweat and oil glands are working hard to secrete waste and oily substances. Excess oil and sebum production can lead to clogged pores and acne breakouts.
Other than exercising and getting enough rest, here are four easy ways to keep your skin healthy:
- Practice routine hygiene
How often do you wash your face? Do you wash it in the morning and/or before you go to bed? Do you rinse your face to wash off the sweat after a heavy session of workouts? While you sleep, your skin could be producing oils and bacteria can accumulate throughout the night. During the day, your skin continues to sweat and excrete waste substances, on top of make-up and sunscreen products that you may apply. Depending on your skin’s condition, you may need to use specific cleansing products. The key is to make sure you clean your skin routinely to remove the toxins on the surface of the skin.
- Applying skincare products that suit your skin
When it comes to treating issues on our skin, the most important step is understanding it first. With beauty gurus and influencers sharing their routines online, it is crucial to know that another person’s routine may not work for you. First, you need to understand if your skin is dry, dehydrated, oily or a combination of these conditions. Luckily, products in the market are labelled to help us identify the ones we might need. Next, if you have sensitive skin, you’ll have to narrow your search to products with friendlier ingredients. It takes a lot of patience to figure out which products are right for your skin. Start from the basics—cleanser, toner, and moisturiser—before moving on to serums, creams, and lotions.
- Apply sunscreen even if you’re at home
There are two types of UV rays—UVA and UVB rays. UVA rays cause our skin to age faster by breaking down collagen and elastic tissue; while UVB can damage the skin’s DNA, causing inflammatory response.1 Applying sunscreen when we’re outdoors is a no-brainer as it helps block these harmful UV rays. However, you should also apply sunscreen at home. You may not realize it, but not all windows are treated with protection from the sun’s harsh light. Blue light emitted from our screens—whether it’s from our television, tablets, or even mobile phones—can also create free radicals harmful for our skin. When looking for sunscreen products, look for a minimum SPF of 30.
- Hydrate, hydrate, and hydrate!
The most helpful thing you can do to keep your skin healthy is by hydrating. Other than helping your body to flush out toxins, hydrating helps nourish your skin so your protective barrier is not damaged. As water is one of the key components in collagen, you should drink enough water for collagen production to keep your skin looking youthful. If you’re not drinking enough water, your skin will become dry and your skin will produce more oil to make up for the dryness.
While normal drinking water is enough to keep us hydrated and our skin looking healthy, hydrogen water offers another level of benefits not only for our skin but also our body. Its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects reduce inflammation and get rid of free radicals in our bodies. By drinking hydrogen water daily, it can help prevent major health issues like high-blood pressure, diabetes, heart diseases, joint pain, and slows down the ageing process.