Most of us are concerned about our skin and the way we look. Both men and women try tons of products and perform elaborate practices to make their skin healthy and younger-looking.
Why do we spend so much time on skin? Well, that's easy! Our skin is a visual reflection of our overall health. If someone is healthy, their skin is also typically radiant and glowing. If a person is unhealthy, stressed, or tired, it often shows in their skin.
For example, when the body is dehydrated - skin is dry, and lips are chapped. Vitamin deficiencies may also result in skin problems such as dryness, skin eruptions, dermatitis, and premature aging. Lack of sleep makes us appear older and can increase breakouts and dullness.
We take good care of our skin because of both personal and social reasons. Eating healthy food, exercising, sleeping right, managing stress, and reducing unhealthy habits can all contribute to better looking skin.
However, lifestyle modifications may not always be effective for some. We have different skin types, different environmental challenges, hormones and other daily life stresses. This is the reason why cosmetics and beauty products are one of the leading industries in the world today. As technology and science expands our knowledge of skincare, our options continue to grow.
It is easier than ever before to find the skin care products we want. Gone are the days when the rich and famous were the only the ones who had access to advanced skin care products! Thanks to the advent of technology, more people are able to access the information and products that will help them improve their skin.
When choosing the skin care product for our skin it's best to look for natural and organic ingredients. Oftentimes, beauty buyers are not really aware of ingredients and their possible effects. In reality, there are more products in the grocery store or an over-the-counter drugstore that have harmful chemical ingredients than products with natural ingredients in them.
According to Dr. Axe, “the majority of store-bought, commercially-produced beauty products come packed with artificial colors, fragrances, preservatives and stabilizers that can easily be absorbed through the skin’s pores, potentially causing a range of negative long-term health effects. Although they might provide immediate relief to skin problems, they offer a higher risk of causing negative effects to our health in the long run.”
We are surrounded by different environmental and emotional factors every day and this exposes us to certain elements that may lead to skin damage and premature aging. One of the main causes of skin problems is lack of sleep.
Some people disregard the importance of sleep in our health, especially teenagers and younger people. But once we start to experience its harmful result, we begin to take extra precautions and make sure that our body gets lots of it.
Lack of sleep leads to various skin problems and this can manifest as rashes, skin eruptions itchiness, acne, etc. During our slumber our skin regenerates and repairs damage caused by everyday activities. At this time, our body releases human growth hormone which is responsible for the repair. Cell turnover also happens thus replacing old ones with new and healthier ones.
If this cycle is disrupted, the cell repair and regeneration process is also disrupted. This is why people who lack a significant amount of sleep have visible skin differences from those who sleep adequately.
People who lack sleep are also prone to infections because of lowered immune response. So, they easily get sick and develop immune-related skin disorders such as psoriasis and eczema. Because the skin is unable to repair, this will result in wrinkles and unwanted spots that are early signs of aging.
The quality of sleep is also important. Simply lying in bed with your mind still floating is not sleep at all. For the skin to complete its repair process, it should be deep and uninterrupted sleep. It is advisable to sleep also at the same time every night as the change in sleeping pattern may also affect the skin repair cycle.
Night time is also the best time to use skin care products because ingredients are better absorbed during this period. However, we do not choose just any type of skin care product to apply. There are many options to choose from but it is best to look for a product with natural ingredients.
With the right night cream and serums, we will be able to experience skin rejuvenation and revitalization during the time that our skin is at its peak of renewal. This will lead to glowing and younger looking skin upon waking up.
There are many skin care products these days that we can benefit from. All have their own promises of improving our skin. But we should choose products that lean more on their benefits to our body than their side effects. We should choose natural-based products because of their benefits and minimal side effects.
Because of the increasing knowledge about the harmful effects of chemical based skin care products, there is also an increased demand for natural-based products. Here are some wonderful ingredients that can largely improve our skin and help reduce the visible signs of aging:
Chamomile (Anthemis nobilis) is an effective and natural ingredient that help to unclog full pores. Because of this, chamomile is deemed as one of the best herbs for acne treatment. It also contains anti-inflammatory elements and antiseptic property which is very useful during acne outbreaks. Because chamomile is rich in antioxidants, it can help delay the early signs of skin aging.
Aside from being a healthy substitute for coffee, green tea contains EGCGwhich is known for its anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory effects. It is also known to help boost the immune system thus making it easy to fight off skin infections. Green tea (Camellia oleifera OR Camellia sinensis) also fights the oxidizing effect of environmental stressors and the signs of aging.
Watermelon (Citrullus lanatus) is a healthy snack and an effective skin care fruit at the same time! It is very rich in vitamin A and C which are effective in improving skin and immune system functions. Watermelon is also one of the most useful antioxidants that help to fight free radical damage, which causes early signs of aging. Plus, vitamin A assists in repairing and creating new skin cells, making skin look more radiant and younger.
Lentils (Lens esculenta) are rich in iron and protein. These little legumes help improve iron deficiency and poor blood circulation. Because of their protein content, lentils can hasten repair of tissues especially the skin, hair, and nails.
Eating apples on a regular basis helps skin become glowing, smoother, and younger-looking, but what about their topical benefits? Apples (Pyrus malus) are rich in antioxidants that protect the skin from free radical molecules which cause aging.
Aside from being a delicious salad ingredient, cucumbers (Cucumis sativus) are a rich source of vitamin C, which is important in fighting off infection, especially important during acne outbreaks. They also contains caffeic acid known to relieve irritations and swelling of the skin. Further, they contain lactic acid which is effective in making skin soft and smooth.
Topical products that contain burdock root (Arctium lappa) offer cleansing, balancing, and healing from just that single powerful ingredient! This root vegetable from the sunflower family is known to help soothe and control common inflammatory skin conditions such as acne, eczema, and psoriasis.
Maypops or passionflowers (Passiflora incarnata, pictured above) are known for their relaxing and sleep-inducing effects. This floral extract has astringent, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory properties.
Also known as elderberry (Sambucus nigra), this fruit extract has been used internally to help relieve flu and cold symptoms. Elder berries are also rich in anthocyanins which improve the health and quality of the skin and help protect skin from photoaging (UV damage).