Did you know that the skin is the largest organ of your body? It happens to live on the outside of the body, protecting all the inside organs. Our skin allows oxygen and other nutrients to be absorbed while preventing harmful substances from entering. It also excretes waste products that are harmful to the body through perspiration.
The skin also acts a little like a crystal ball. It mirrors the health of the inside of our bodies. When something is out of whack inside, your skin will show you!
So, how can you keep your skin looking great – especially during the summer months when you want to show it off? Here are a few beauty secrets anyone can use.
* Drink water – Water is important for the body. Many of our cells are composed of water. Without it, the body cannot function. Each day, we lose water through sweat, respiration and urination. It must be replenished. Remember, when you feel thirsty, you are already in the process of becoming dehydrated. Here is a tip to make sure you drink enough water each day. Divide your weight in half – that number in ounces is the amount of water you should drink each day. EX.- Body weight is 150 divided by 2 = 75. You should drink 75 oz of water a day.
* Remove dead skin cells – This is often done through exfoliation. Using a sugar scrub once a week can remove excess dead skin cells from the body and the face. Exfoliation also prevents pores from being clogged, resulting in pimples. You can also dry brush your skin with a good natural bristled brush. Dry brushing is also a great way to open those lymph passages.
* Make good food choices – In the summer, everyone wants to go light. Choose raw salads foods that are not fried. Eat smaller meals more often instead of three heavier ones. Choose fresh fruit and veggies over refined sugars and foods. Avoid eating unhealthy, refined and processed fat which can lead to acne prone skin.
* Wear a hat – When you are out in the sun, wearing a hat protects the sensitive skin on your face from sun and wind damage.
* Wear sunscreen – Even if you are gardening, sunscreen is important. Without a layer of protection between you and the sun, the harmful UV rays are allowed to penetrate the deeper layers of the skin and damage them. You can go out for some sun without sunscreen for about 15 minutes a day but make sure if you are out at the beach, lake or exposed to the sun for long periods you use a safe, non-chemical sunscreen. Here is a link to EWG’s sunscreen guide to help you find a sunscreen without harmful chemicals.
* Moisturize – The heat can dry out your skin. After a long day outside, bathe and then moisturize your skin so that it can stay supple even while you sleep. Here is a list of chemical safe moisturizers.
Is your skin ready for the summer sun? In order to keep it looking good, protect it first.