Heart, kidneys, liver – these are the organs that people probably think of first. Very few people think of the skin, even though it is our largest and heaviest organ. If we could literally “get out of the skin” and then weigh and measure it, we would find that our skin weighs up to ten kilograms and, when spread out, measures up to two square meters. Nevertheless, the skin is only a few millimeters thick.
The skin’s functions are diverse. It keeps our body in place, protects us from pressure and shock, and from the penetration of water, UV rays, dirt, and microbes – in other words, tiny organisms such as bacteria and viruses.
Therefore, taking care of our skin is essential, especially to avoid premature aging. While anti-ageing treatments exist to help you get rid of wrinkles, you can first try to slow down ageing by adopting some healthy habits. Not sure how? Don’t worry! We’ve got you covered. Below, we bring you a series of tips to help you look younger and fresher for longer.
1. Correct Hydration
First of all, it is essential to note that adequate hydration is a foundation for skincare and aging prevention. Drinking water regularly will help us to eliminate toxins from our body and, at the same time, keep our skin healthy and smooth. The reason is that water keeps the skin hydrated and has a moisturizing effect. Therefore, according to experts, it is advisable to drink two litres of water a day. This is particularly important in hot regions and during the summer season.
In addition to water, it is also advisable to consume food with high water content, like fresh fruit and vegetables. Fruits help keep our skin ready against the harmful effects of the sun.
2. Maintaining Healthy Eating Habits
Like water, as with any other biological process, nutrition is a crucial aspect of skincare. Remember that the skin is an organ, and, like any other organ, it requires a healthy diet. Beneficial elements for our skin and to prevent aging include vitamins and minerals.
This means that, as mentioned earlier, we need to include plenty of fruits and vegetables in our diet, as well as nuts, omega 3 fatty acids, lean meats or legumes. It is important to remember that a healthy diet based on these nutrients is also beneficial for our hair.
3. Practice Sports Regularly
Sport is an important activity to take care of the skin in an integral way. Besides the other benefits it brings to our body, sport helps our skin regenerate itself and keep it in good condition much longer.
Harmful substances that enter our body can be eliminated through hydration, as we’ve discussed earlier; also, they can be eliminated through sport. By removing toxic substances, we prevent the aging of our skin as well as its loosening.
4. Keep the Sun At Bay
Although the sun has many beneficial effects on our body, it is not good to over-expose it. It has especially harmful effects on our skin if we prolong our exposure too much. The ultraviolet rays contained in the sun’s rays cause premature aging of the skin, which damages the skin’s collagen and produces an excess of elastin, causing it to lose its firmness.
To protect it, we must use specific products that help us to preserve it from ultraviolet rays. If this is not possible, we must always use accessories to protect it, such as hats, caps or thin sarongs.
5. Avoid Smoking
Tobacco is a very harmful substance when it comes to keeping our skin smooth and young. Tobacco is a substance that dries the skin and reduces blood flow to our cells. As a result, the amount of oxygen and nutrients reaching them is reduced.
Besides, tobacco causes spots on the skin and gives it a more deteriorated appearance due to the toxic substances it contains. Tobacco also has harmful effects on specific areas such as lips and facial skin in general.
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