Taking Care of an Ill Loved One

Tips to Help Keep Your Skin Healthy and Radiant

The largest and fastest organ on your body is your skin according to the American Academy of Dermatology. With this now on your mind, you may want to think about taking better care of it to keep it looking healthy, hydrated, and radiant. After all, you take good care of the other organs in your body like eating healthy for your heart or drinking plenty of water to help your kidneys function properly, so why not take that same care with your skin. See below for tips to help keep your skin healthy.

Eat Healthy Foods

Eating healthy isn't just for your heart, it helps your skin as well. Eating greasy foods can reflect in your skin, leaving your skin greasy as well, possibly leading to acne. Eat foods high in fiber such as whole grains, plenty of fruits and vegetables, and lean protein. Try to limit fats, oils, and refined sugars. Also be sure to drink plenty of water to help you stay hydrated and to keep your skin hydrated as well.

Beware of Detergents and Alcohol-Containing Products

Cleansers for your body that contain alcohol (and other chemicals) can dry out your skin, as can some detergents that you use to wash your clothing. Look for cleansers that contain natural oils (such as olive and coconut) and are chemical free. With detergents, use scent- and dye-free detergents to help prevent breakouts in sensitive skin.

Take Warm Showers/Baths

You should never take hot showers/baths, as this can damage your skin and dry it out. Instead take warm showers/baths and keep them short to prevent your skin from drying out.

Stay Moisturized

While showering, use a moisture-rich soap. After showering, be sure to use a moisturizer for your entire body to help your skin hold in moisture. You may already do this for your hands, but you should be applying it to your entire body. Look for more natural moisturizers that do not contain chemicals. 

Use a Humidifier

Dry air can damage your skin and it can be difficult to keep your skin hydrated if your house is dry all the time. Use a humidifier or invest in a whole house humidifier to help add humidity to the air.

Reduce Stress Levels

Stress can take a toll on your skin and can cause acne breakouts in some people. Reduce your stress by exercising, reading a book, taking time to yourself, and focusing on relaxing. 

Keep your skin healthy and radiant by following the tips above. See your dermatologist for other things you can do to keep your skin healthy.