Many times people ask me to give them my opinion on what type of cream they should use based on a skin condition, as they look for a solution in the world of creams.
Often it is not just a cream that will solve a skin problem. The skin is the largest organ of the body and one of the few that we can actually “see”. As such it is via the skin that we are often “notified” of an internal problem or condition. For example, dryer-than-normal skin may not necessarily mean that we are not using the correct skincare, but that perhaps our body is dehydrated, due to lack of water or too much caffeine intake. In addition, an acneic skin usually flags a hormonal imbalance of the body and extra sebum is therefore produced.
A quick fix is not necessarily the answer, we first need to find and treat the underlying problem. Once we understand the cause, we can then concentrate on helping the skin regain its normal glow.
Tips for promoting healthy skin
- Drink plenty of water to keep the skin cells hydrated. Other health benefits of drinking water are highlighted in this article - Back to Basics, What Could Water do for You?
- Try to get a good night's sleep. At least 8 hours is recommended as, when we sleep, the body undergoes a period of skin renewal - new skin cells grow to replace older ones. Sleep can also help to improve dark circles under the eyes as when we don't get enough sleep, the blood vessels under the eyes dilate making them appear dark.
- Limit your alcohol intake.
- Avoid smoking, both active and passive.
- Try to avoid processed foods and eat plenty of fruit and vegetables to provide the right nutrients for healthy skin and body.
- Avoid stress, which can cause acne, rosacea, and other skin conditions due to the release of stress hormones.
- Exercise and healthy breathing will result in a healthier body inside and out, as circulation will improve, bringing the right nutrients to all the organs of the body, including the skin. A great article about breathing - Something about Breath
- Use a hard brush before or while showering or bathing (either with shower gel or on its own). This will promote removal of dead skin cells, as well as improve circulation and digestion. Brush the body for a few minutes, starting from the feet and moving upwards towards the heart, always in circular motions.
- Thoroughly cleanse your face as part of your bedtime routine. This will get rid of any excess make-up that can damage the skin overnight, obstructing pores. The use of a gentle toner after cleansing and before moisturising is also recommended.
- Use natural salts such as Epsom, Dead Sea, or Himalayan salts in the bath. This is great for detoxifying the body and skin.
- Protect the skin from the sun to avoid long term skin problems, as well as skin cancer.
Taking care of your general health will improve your skin condition and appearance. Using organic skincare products gives your skin that extra TLC.