The stress of daily living takes a toll on our bodies and our skin. Every day we wake up to a laundry list of stress filled situations and we find ourselves stretched way too thin. We jump out of bed already behind schedule, skip breakfast as we struggle to get the kids off to school and then have to immediately tackle endless tasks at work. After a day responding to urgent emails and behind schedule project tasks, it’s back to home, dinner and answering more emails before bed.
With everything going on, it’s no wonder that our bodies are not as healthy as they should be. There’s simply no time for relaxation or recovery built into our busy days. Our skin, the biggest organ in the human body, feels the negative effects of all of this. Environmental factors, hot weather and climate change and the lack of time for self-care all affect the overall well-being of our skin. Fortunately, there are some proactive steps you can take to nourish your skin back to good health.
Use a Top-Quality Moisturizer
One of the first things you can do to increase the overall health of your skin is to find a top-quality, long-lasting moisturizer. Ideally, this product will be clinically proven to hydrate for up to eight hours. This extended time will provide increased dry skin relief and will also reduce further moisture loss during that time.
Ideally, the product will be made from natural ingredients and will be gentle and hypoallergenic too. It should work with different skin types to help improve the smoothness of your skin and create a rejuvenating effect whether you use it day or night.
Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
Drinking plenty of water not only helps your body and keeps your organs going, it also has deep benefits for your skin. When you have enough water, your skin becomes far less oily because the glands don’t have to produce oil to protect your epidermis. You’ll also reduce irritation and itching dramatically by making sure proper levels of hydration are maintained.
When you have enough water in your body, your skin will also be far more supple in appearance and even a little bouncy to the touch. The dead skin cells will also be reduced by hydration, and your skin will look healthier and far less dull.
Control the Environmental Factors You Can
You can also help care for your skin by controlling the environmental factors where you can. If you spend time outdoors and are exposed to harsh UV rays, be sure to cover up with clothing that is breathable and can keep you cool and protected from the sun.
It’s also helpful to pay attention to how often the heating and air conditioning system is running in your home. If you constantly have the heat or air conditioning blowing, you may not realize that you are lowering the humidity level substantially and constantly drying out your skin. As you go through life, and especially as you age, it’s critical to take the time to really nourish and care for your skin. Be sure to take the steps necessary to assure your skin’s optimum health by using a clinically-proven moisturizer, drinking plenty of water and staying out of the sun and avoiding constantly blowing heat or air.