A healthy regimen keeps me fit and my skin looking years younger
than I am. I follow some basic steps to keep my skin healthy,
but I also make my own cold cream and skin enhancing products.
Because companies who make food and cosmetic products need to
prolong the shelf life of their goods, they have used all manner
of preservatives to accomplish this. Many of these preservatives
are down right bad. The fewer processed foods you eat, the better
off you will be health-wise, and the same goes for the fewer
dyes and preservatives you apply to your skin. Your skin is
the largest organ of your body. It isn't surprising that the
same things that keep you energized and healthy will also contribute
to healthy, radiant skinthings like good nutrition, regular
exercise, sunlight, water consumption, and enough sleep.
general commentsyour body absorbs the nutrients it needs
more easily and readily from the food you eat rather than supplements.
Vitamins and minerals necessary for healthy skin include vitamins
A, B-complex, C, D, E, and the following mineralsiodine,
silicon, sulfur, and zinc. Exercise helps oxygenate your cells
with fresh air and makes it easier for your skin to rid itself
of wastes. Try to exercise outdoors away from pollution. If
you have not been told to avoid sun completely, ten to fifteen
minutes of unprotected exposure to sun enhances bone and skin
health. Sun helps the body absorb calcium because the skin converts
it to Vitamin D. Drinking eight to twelve 8 oz. glasses of water
a day is a healthy habit to get into. When cleansing, use warm,
not hot water. Hot water dehydrates and irritates the skin.
all soaps are created equal. Since this is not about making
soap, let me just say that the more I read about synthetic ingredients
in soap, the more I am convinced that vegetable-based soaps
are better for the skin. They are more expensive, but, in my
opinion, worth the extra cost. I look for soaps that have olive
oil as an ingredient because it is a very good moisturizer.
It attracts external moisture, holds the moisture close to the
skin, and forms a breathable film to prevent loss of internal
moisture. Olive oil does not block the natural functions of
the skin while performing its own magic. The skin is able to
continue sweating, releasing sebum, (oil secreted by the skin's
sebaceous glands), and shedding dead skin. Vegetable soaps made
with olive oil combine coconut and palm oil with the olive oil.
Coconut oil is added for its lathering and moisturizing properties,
and palm oil is added for hardness.
The following should be avoided as they are detrimental to healthy