Our skin – our largest organ, is ever-changing, shifting, and morphing in order to protect us from our environment. Whether it be from the pollution in the air or the rays from the sun, our skin is constantly working to make sure that our body can work at peak performance. Because we are exposed to so many different harmful carcinogens every day, it’s important to take care of your skin; not only to ensure that it does its job well but also looks good! I’d like to share some things the average person can do to preserve and maintain the health of their skin.
Improve your diet
The most important thing any person can do to improve their health and their skin is to consume better, more nutrient-rich foods. As the old saying goes – “you are what you eat”! According to an article from everydayhealth.com, decreasing the amount of alcohol, which depletes the anti-aging vitamin A, and processed carbs which are attributed to rapid aging. Include more vitamin-dense foods such as lean proteins (like fish and chicken), unrefined carbs, and leafy greens which all contain the nutrients needed to maintain healthy, youthful skin.
As previously mentioned, lean proteins can be implemented into your diet in order to maintain youthful skin. This is because they promote collagen development. Collagen is the most abundant protein found in the human body. It can found in our skin, as well as our muscles, bones, tendons, and ligaments. According to Healthline.com, activities such as smoking, spending too much time in the sun and eating sugars and refined carbs, all contribute to collagen depletion. If you have dietary restrictions that prevent you from eating foods abundant in collagen, consider taking a supplement. Collagen supplements have been shown to not only improve skin elasticity but they also can increase muscle mass and reduce the progression of arthritis.
Slather on the Sunscreen!
In my personal life, the best thing that has improved my skin’s health was to implement a moisturizer into my skincare routine with SPF in it. The sun can cause serious damage to the skin as it promotes photoaging, which a term used to describe the aging caused by UV radiation. In an article published in the US National Library of Medicine, sunscreens lessen the risk of adverse effects associated with UV radiation. It should, however, be seen as a preventative method for anti-aging, since there is no concrete data that supports the revision of sun damage.