Written By Paris Booton

The skin is the largest organ of the body and yet it is the most misunderstood. When it comes to beauty, we need to consider the health of our skin. Skin is the canvas for our health. Skin goes pale when we are run down and red when we are flushed. It shows our emotions and stretches with every movement. So just like our muscles, it needs proper care. The first way to look after our skin is to stay hydrated. If the outermost layer of the skin (dermis) doesn’t contain enough water then it will lose its elasticity and softness. Avoid prolonged contact with hot water and moisturise after baths. Make sure to drink the recommended amount of six to eight glasses of water a day so that the body doesn’t take moisture from the skin to support the body. A second way to look after our skin is to get enough sleep. During sleep, the body produces human growth hormone which helps collagen production (a protein providing structure to the skin). Lack of sleep increases cortisol (stress hormone) production which encourages inflammation of the skin leading to acne, psoriasis and possibly even eczema – this also means it can aggravate pre-existing skin conditions. The ‘bags’ under people’s eyes is where pockets of fluid collect when sleep is cut short and the body doesn’t complete the process of removing excess fluids in some areas and replenishing fluids in others. This is why it is important to get enough sleep. If you struggle from insomnia or can’t get enough sleep, face yoga or massage can be helpful to move the fluid. Ensure you can have proper skin health by keeping vitamin and mineral deficiencies at bay. A common deficiency is with iron; this causes a pale pallor. Iron is also needed to transport oxygen around the body – oxygen is needed to keep cells healthy. Vitamin A is needed to create and repair skin cells. All eight B vitamins play a part in the processes of the body – all of which can effect skin. Vitamin D uses skin as an entry point from the sun to be synthized as well as being important for skin health. Low levels of Vitamin D is linked to increased inflammation in the body. This is only a handful of the vitamins needed, most of the vitamins and minerals needed in a human diet will be involved in keeping skin in good health. It is important to have a balanced diet and take vitamin supplements where necessary. Then as my last point, buy the right product for your skin. Sometimes that will be products – plural! Even on the face, buying one product for dry skin will do nothing for an oily T-Zone. Likewise, a product to manage oil will do nothing for dry skin. You could buy two different products or products for combination skin. Look out for aloe vera, lavender, cucumbers and green clay for combination skin. Use spot cream sparsely and only on the affected areas. Your skin is the largest organ, it needs care like your other organs. It protects the rest of the body, so skin may need some help in maintaining itself. This is where it’s important to know what can help the skin. The author of this article, Paris Booton, is a Holistic Therapist working out of Leicester. For more information, check out: facebook.com/therapiessunflowerholistic

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