In our last article, you have been introduced to the benefits of water, and the myths that follow it. Here, it is high time someone gave you more information on the matter.
It is important to keep the skin well hydrated over extended periods of time, not just trying to provide it with some moisture that can easily evaporate. The skin’s natural oils provide a barrier that maintains a perfect moisture level, by keeping the water in the skin from evaporating and additional, unnecessary levels of water from being absorbed.
This is why it is important to have a good balance of our natural oils, and a good way to achieve this is by eating foods containing omega-3 fatty acids.
The membranes of our cells are like the walls and gates around a castle: they give the cell its basic shape and regulate the flow of chemicals. In scientific terms they are selectively permeable, which means that only good nutrients come in or are exchanged amongst cells (for example blood cells carrying oxygen to the cells of the muscle fibers) and the harmful byproducts are excreted.
A healthy cell membrane is essential for limiting the amount of chemicals that are detrimental, especially those involved in the aging process. It also, a very important task indeed.
As the membrane provides structure to cells, and affects the ability of the cell to hold water, they can affect the texture and condition of the organs. Since the skin is considered the biggest organ of the human body (using surface area as the main criterion) it is important to strengthen the cells to achieve a soft and elastic, youthful feel long into maturity.
Omega-3 fatty acids are the thing that keeps the membranes working properly, enabling the cells to retain water and excrete dangerous materials more efficiently, we should try to eat more food containing these fatty acids. Some examples of omega-3 rich foods are:
● Flax seed oil
● Fish (particularly salmon)
What to do and what not to do
In addition to getting enough water, eating antioxidant and omega-3 rich foods you will also need to take some supplements to ensure your skin is healthy, specifically these vitamins: A, B complex, C and E.
A good moisturizing cream is essential for keeping your skin soft. Too much soap can dry out the skin very quickly. It is best to use water and wipe it off gently with a towel and then applying a skin moisturizing cream. You should also avoid using alcohol based products such as aftershaves as alcohol tends to dry out the skin as well.
For men using an aftershave balm or cream is better than the standard water-alcohol solutions, also referred to as cologne. Using a good shower gel is preferred over using soap.
The most important things to consider are quitting smoking and protecting yourself against the elements. Smoking is generally bad for you and it affects the skin as well. Heavy wind, over-exposure to ultra-violet light, extreme cold – these are all things you should protect your skin against.
If your job involves using your hands to carry things, or swing tools you will want to use gloves to protect the skin against blisters and apply a generous amount of hand cream afterwards.
Try to remember the simple rules every day – take regular showers/baths, drink water, eat a lot of fruit and nuts, moisturize, use creams and avoid too much soap and alcohol based products. And above all, feel comfortable in your own skin.
In case that you missed my first post from “Hydrated Skin- The Best Tips You’ll Ever Get” series, you can read it by clicking HERE.
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