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The skin is our largest organ which reflects our complete health. There are nuances that only a trained eye can recognize, tell-tale signs that our health is poor. The quality of our skin is not just for aesthetics. For example, dark spots on your lower leg could be due to diabetes, a new mole could end up being melanoma, yellowing of your skin can mean liver problems, and even a zit below the lip can mean poor digestion.
These are of course extreme examples, but there are other factors to consider too: dehydrated skin, sunburnt skin, dry, oily, spotty skin - reactions to everyday habits that can be easily be resolved if you follow these five simple steps:
Drink 3 bottles of water a day:
The most common water bottle is 750ml, so according to the 8x8 rule then three of these bottles a day should suffice, with an extra few drops thrown in for good measure.
The 8x8 rule is this: 8 x 8oz of water a day.
Drinking water is good for our whole body, helping with blood purification, liver detoxing, and healthy skin. It should not be difficult to drink this much water. If you keep your bottle with you at your desk or next to the water faucet then the constant reminder will trigger your brain into remembrance. Carry it everywhere with you, and if this means carrying a larger back or a backpack then do it - health should never be compromised for the sake of fashion.
Avoid the sun:
Bronzing the skin is dangerous, whether you do it in a tanning bed or at the beach or on your front lawn, just don’t do it. The number of dangers associated with the sun and skin is just not worth the risk. To mention the big C, other outcomes are burned skin, overly red, which then turns into flaking skin (who wants that, right?), the appearance of dangerous moles, and ages favorite enemy - wrinkles. There are many people with this leathery, deep lined look who appear so much older than they actually are.
How to avoid the sun when you love the sun? Good question. The sun’s exposure is at its highest from 11 am to 3 pm so soak up some vitamin D rays in the morning or late afternoon. If you do need to go out at this time then wear a wide-brimmed hat and light clothes that cover your arms and legs, and especially your chest. The skin on your chest is tauter than the rest so it is more susceptible to burning and sunspots.
We are all born with different skin types and it is important to adequately take care of it. All dry skin may need could be just a good moisturizing. With all the creams and possibilities out there it can be hard for some to figure out exactly what cream to apply, especially as the shelves and shops are mostly marketed to women. For the more natural approach, I would suggest using Macadamia Nut Oil. This is what I use myself and since I started to use it I have received many compliments from family and friends about how healthy and young my skin looks.
I apply it in the morning after I wash my face and at night, adding a bit more for soakage, before going to bed. It is a non-greasy oil so you don’t get that shiny after look, and the residue on your hands can be run through the ends of your hair to battle split ends. After my shower, I apply all over my body, especially my knees, elbows, and arms.
I discovered that buying this oil is a LOT cheaper if you get it in the alimentation section rather than the beauty aisle. Comparing with a friend we found both products to act perfectly the same, yet the price for my salad oil was half the price of the beauty company’s’.
Although it may seem to be counter-productive, oily skin can be well maintained with natural oils! Characteristics of (facial) oily skin is a shiny glaze, and often acne. On a plus note people with naturally oily skin, due to genetics, will not wrinkle as earlier as those with dry skin.
One of the most difficult challenges for people with oily skin is their back. It is natural that we don’t see our backs every day like we do our faces, so we don’t actually have a day-by-day report on its health. Oily skin is caused by larger pores creating more sebum. These pores can get clogged up and cause acne, or for the back, bacne. People become uncomfortable with this and often avoid wearing clothes or doing activities that can show the back. A daily gentle scrub using a konjac sponge can really help, followed by a light moisturizer. Asking another friend, they highly recommend Jojoba Oil. It is the closest molecular pattern to our own sebum oil, therefore our skin thinks it has enough of our natural oil and prevents overproduction. Sounds like magic, right? Try it for yourself and let us know below in a comment!
Zits occur on all skin types, all over the body, and for many reasons. Acne is likely the most loathed breakout for people of any age, and it can come at any age. Even some babies are born with baby-acne! There is the pre-teen fear that puberty will bring on acne, and then people with a hormone in-balance, and oily skin, are very prone to acne. Unfortunately, acne cannot be wholly avoided, but steps can be taken to reduce the flare of it, and perhaps even shorten its visit. As mentioned previously, a daily gentle scrub with a konjac sponge, followed by applying Jojoba oil could be just perfect for you.
In regards to zits, in general, I have a few rules that I follow, which has been working quite well for me. I always moisturize, and even more so before if I am putting on make-up; I clean my face every night before going to bed with a gentle cleanser, and then put a healthy slathering of macadamia oil for it to absorb throughout the night; I avoid junk food, and if I am to indulge I ensure I have no important events coming up; for hormone imbalances, I take some DIM; and my golden rule: NEVER PICK. It is so hard to not try to squeeze it, but it disappears much faster with less of the inflammation afterward.
I hope these tips will help you! Please leave a comment below to share your experiences, we all learn from each other!