Did you know that the largest human organ is the skin?
Our skin reflects the state of our general health and it is our first defense barrier against external stresses. It is of paramount importance to maintain our skin health and we can do this naturally and efficiently by following these 6 easy steps:
Do drink plenty of water. I would not advise you to sip water all day long as the current trend is, as our body is used to get water when thirsty only. Drink as much water and a little more than you need when you feel thirsty and ensure you drink at least 1.5 liters in total per day. For a more pleasant experience, the water can be enriched with lemon and cucumber slices and mint leaves.
Do not drink alcohol in excess. If possible, do not drink water from plastic bottles.
Do drink vegetables and fruit juices daily and your skin will glow with health. And not only your skin, your hair too! I will not enter into detail regarding the detox qualities vegetables and fruit juices have, this will be the theme of a future article as well as vegetables and fruit juices recipes and juices blends. Natural vegetables and fruit juices shall be consumed within 30 minutes from preparation.
Do not drink fruit juices from the supermarket as they are loaded with sugar and additives.
Do eat plenty of vegetables, especially green leaves and, if possible, organic. The chemicals (fertilizers, insecticides, etc.) used in industrial farming have a huge negative impact on the well-being of our internal organs and our skin is just the reflection of our internal health.
Do not overcook the vegetables as most of the vitamins and nutrients are destroyed during the cooking process. Reduce the use of the microwave as much as possible.
Do use natural body care products whenever possible: natural shower gels, body lotions, face creams, and cosmetics will have a beneficial impact on the appearance and health of your skin. There are plenty of excellent natural beauty products and your skin will thank you for using them by feeling soft and radiating health.
Do not use very hot water when showering as the hot water will wash off most of the natural oils protecting the skin against external aggressors.
Do have plenty of sleep! You can have a restful night sleep by ensuring that:
- no eating takes place after 7 pm
- no browsing on electronic devices (laptop, tablet, mobile phone) in bed
- no blue light in the bedroom from bedside lamps or other lighting appliances
- ambient temperature is between 18 – 20 deg.C
- go to bed around 10 pm
Do not watch TV in the bedroom before going to sleep.
Do exercise daily, preferably outdoors, surrounded by trees, fresh clean air, family, friends and maybe your beloved dog.
Do not stay in full sun between 12 pm and 5 pm other than occasionally and avoid using artificial tanning devices and cosmetics.
It is really easy to maintain your skin health – naturally and efficiently by following the steps above but the question is will you do it? It looks so easy that we just do not believe it will work. As we know already, Mother Earth gives us the tools and at the same time the Dos and Don’ts but as always the choice is ours!
My intention is not to convince you to change your habits or preferences, my intention is just to make you aware that there are different ways of living our lives and our choices will make a huge difference in our general health and of course on our skin.