Beautiful skin is an asset that everyone wants. But few people, outside of skin care professionals, dermatologists, and aestheticians, strive for healthy skin. The truth is that the two are intimately related.
Your Skin and Your Health
As the largest organ of your body, your skin serves several very important functions. It protects you, it gives you the sense of touch, helps you to eliminate toxins and regulates your body temperature. (Source). Your skin consists of three layers, each related to these different functions. The epidermis, which is the outer and visible layer, is waterproof and gives the skin its color. Color comes from cells called melanocytes that produce melanin. Melanin is a pigment. The middle, or dermis layer, contains connective tissue, hair follicles, oil glands and sweat glands. The deepest layer, the subcutaneous layer, is made up of fat and connective tissue.
The skin’s structure and functions rely on a number of different compounds that include water, proteins and a variety of minerals, chemicals and lipids. Some of the most important ones related to your appearance are:
- Collagen. Found in the dermis layer, it is the most abundant protein in the skin (75%). Collagen is why young people do not have wrinkles or fine lines in their faces. As people age, and instigated by environmental and health factors, collagen is produced less effectively and existing collagen more readily breaks down.
- Elastin. This is the elastic component of your skin. The protein is found with, and works in conjunction with, the collagen in the dermis. Elastin is what gives your skin and other organs the flexibility to return to their original form after stretching. Elastin is also impacted by age, your health and the environment. As elastin breaks down and is produced less its loss contributes to wrinkles and sagging.
- Keratin. This provides the rigidity of your skin, also found in your hair and nails. It is the strongest protein in your skin and like the others is impacted by age, health and the environment.
On average your skin weighs about six pounds. It regenerates itself approximately every month. In order to maintain its health and functionality, as well as how it looks, you need to maintain proper skin care.
What Healthy Skin Looks Like
Glowing, radiant, dewey, or luminous are all adjectives for the skin that everyone seeks. This can also be thought of as having an attractive, youthful appearance. According to Consumer Health Digest, this is skin that looks “natural throughout and feels smooth to a touch. Unlike with the dry skin, it has no fissures or visible lines. It naturally moisturizes shortly even after you are from that hot bath or swimming pool. It illuminates with sparkling naturally secreted oils without any dry or patchy spots.”
How to Get Healthy Skin
Proper skin care to support beautiful skin, begins with the same habits that the rest of your body relies on to stay healthy.
- Diet. “I tell my patients that what they put in their mouths is as important as the products they apply on their skin,” says Dr. Jessica Wu (dermatologist and creator of Dr. Jessica Wu Skincare), who’s written her own guide to eating for beauty, Feed Your Face. “Foods get digested and broken down into vitamins, minerals and amino acids that your body can use to build healthy skin. If you crash diet or eat highly processed foods, your skin won’t be as strong and supple as it could be. (Source).
“I find that the best skin diet is one that involves eating vegetables of different colors for every meal and a green juice every day,” says celebrity esthetician (and founder of the eponymous salon and skincare line) Joanna Vargas. (Source).
- Sleep. It is really important to get adequate sleep, as this is the time that most skin cellular repair occurs. Your best bet is to get at least 8 hours a day, but never less than 7. (Source).
- Hydration. The skin is mostly water and needs water to function. Experts agree that you should drink no less than 8 glasses a day.
- Exercise. Regular exercise will help you to sweat out toxins that are under your skin, eliminating a lot of potential bacterial issues that can lead to skin problems. (Source).
- Avoid Smoking, Sugar, and Excessive Caffeine and Alcohol. These all dry out and damage your skin. Smoking, in particular, does extensive damage on the order of what the sun can do.
Skin Care Tips for Beautiful Skin
Proper skin care continues with a daily routine that is specifically designed for the skin. This means choosing products that are formulated to be effective and contribute to you looking your absolute best. Products like those made by MDSUN.
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Good Skincare Routine for Beautiful and Healthy Skin
Make sure that you incorporate at a minimum, the following into your skincare routine.
Cleansing. Clean your face at least twice a day.
Research has shown that certain physiological changes in the skin do occur overnight. Like many of our organs, our skin can tell night from day. Biological processes vary over 24 hours as a result of time-sensitive “clocks” within our cells, said Dr. David R. Weaver, a neurobiology professor at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Some evidence exists linking circadian clocks to cell cycle (cells dividing to [replace] dead ones) and DNA repair, the natural process by which a cell regularly detoxifies itself. (Impact Journals: Aging.)
Overnight, the skin needs oxygen to repair itself. And sleeping with your makeup on deprives it of this vital nutrient. “When makeup is left on, it blocks the natural exfoliating process, which can leave your skin looking dull”, says Dr. Robin Ashinoff, Director of Cosmetic Dermatology at Hackensack Medical Center in New Jersey. Overnight your skin recovers. Which means in the morning you have more dead skin cells to slough off. And more excess sebum to emulsify. These can’t be rinsed away with mere water… you need to dislodge [excess skin cells and sebum] them & then rinse them away. Water alone removes only approximately 65% of the oil and debris from the surface of the skin (Livestrong Article). Think about what you’re leaving behind – yikes! (Source).
Exfoliating. Dead skin cells can linger on your body. When you exfoliate your face and your body on a regular basis, with a gentle, preferably chemical, exfoliator, you are getting rid of dullness. (Source).
Moisturizing. Moisturizing is critical to your skin’s health and your looks. It can help you look more youthful, delivering key ingredients into the skin that help you retain collagen, elastin and keratin. It can also help your skin be brighter and help to eliminate age spots. Certainly moisturizers are one of the best ways to fight fine lines and wrinkles and to help your skin retain enough water to function. (Source).
Sun Protection. Many people feel they only need to protect themselves on sunny days or when they’re visiting the beach,” says dermatologist Dr. Debbie Palmer. “But the truth is that we need to protect our skin even when we’re driving a car, flying in an airplane, or running errands.” Using sunscreen all day, every day, will protect you against the harm that UV radiation does to your skin and to your health. (Source)