Skin-care is not only about trying new things and products, sometimes it is about being aware of your body’s needs and acquiring new habits. There has been a lot of misinformation about what is good or bad for your skin, however, the truth is actually simple. There are no miracle products, but there have been important discoveries in the skin-care field that will help you keeping you skin looking young and healthy.
The following list includes some useful tips for improving your skin’s health.
This element is a normal component within your body and it works as an antioxidant. This is part of the system that protects you against “oxidative stress”, a negative consequence of needing oxygen to live. People with selenium deficiency will be at a higher risk of skin cancer and have overall poor skin health.
Beans, brazil nuts, rice, whole-wheat bread and yellowfin tuna are foods rich in selenium that you can eat to rise your blood levels and protect your skin.
There are blood tests for selenium deficiency and as is the case with any supplementation strategy, ingesting selenium while having normal blood levels may cause negative side effects and should be avoided.
Those undergoing dialysis or with a chronic inflammatory disease, are at risk of selenium deficiency.
There’s evidence indicating that applying virgin coconut oil on your skin regularly can increase the healing speed and improves several other elements like collagen turnover and protection against oxidative stress. To this day, the exact biological mechanism behind this is unknown. However, this is a safe and beneficial method.
Sleep can affect skin health. People sleeping less than 5 hours each night are known for having skin with more signs of aging, meaning that function and appearance suffer. Aged skin will heal slower, creating more chances for other factors like UV-light and allergies to cause further damage.
Sleeping more than 6 hours each night is highly recommended.
Retinol is frequently used in skin-care products. This reagent has been studied for years as a skin rejuvenating agent. So far, topical application of a 0.4% solution of Retinol has been found very effective in promoting collagen production. This helps improve the overall skin health. Damaged skin can be partially recovered through this method.
Using creams and lotions to keep your skin hydrated is essential. Dry skin suffers much more and ages more noticeably. Using lotion on your face, hands, chest and neck will help with this problem greatly.
This may sound odd, but a big part of avoiding skin-related infections, with all the pain, inflammation and scaring it brings, is to avoid common vehicles for harmful bacteria and other microorganisms.
Your cellphone is exactly a large vehicle for potentially harmful organisms, this is because of the constant contact with unwashed hands and contaminated surfaces. However, this can be avoided very easily. Just clean your phone a couple of times each day with antibacterial wipes (preferably with alcohol).