Your skin is the fingerprint of what is going on inside your body, and all skin conditions, from psoriasis to acne to aging, are the manifestations of your body's internal needs, including its nutritional needs. It can benefit from the same nutrition you get from foods that have a positive effect on your heart and other major organs. In fact, new research suggests that eating foods rich in protein and certain vitamins and minerals might provide valuable anti-aging effects.
Emotional anxiety caused by any number of factors in your life, shows up on your face. The connection is purely chemical. When you become tense, your adrenal glands go to work, flooding your bloodstream with the hormone, cortisol. This triggers the sweat glands in your face to produce more oil. When your sebaceous glands go into high gear, there’s a higher probability that this excess oil will mix with dead skin cells and clog your pores, trapping bacteria inside. Have you ever noticed the pimples on your face when you are stressed?
The simplest good deed you can do for your skin may surprise you: sleep! Scientists and mothers around the world agree that a good night’s sleep; at least eight hours, can do wonders for your complexion.
Some vitamins and minerals play a major role in keeping your skin healthy and glowing.
Silica plays an important role in maintaining skin elasticity and wound healing. Green beans, strawberries, cucumber, mango, celery, and asparagus are rich sources of silica.
Zinc, another important component of healthy skin, acts by controlling the production of oil in the skin, and may also help control some of the hormones that create acne. Pumpkin seeds, ginger, oats, and eggs are rich sources of zinc.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids are responsible for skin repair, moisture content, and overall flexibility, and Fish is a good source of Omega-3 fatty acids.
Selenium is an antioxidant mineral responsible for tissue elasticity. It also protects the skin from damage caused by ultraviolet light. Dietary sources of selenium include wheat, seafood such as tuna and salmon, garlic, eggs, brown rice, and whole-wheat bread.
Vitamins C, E and A also help to limit the damage caused by overexposure to the sun and pollution. Foods high in vitamin C include orange, red and green peppers, guava, parsley, and turnips.
Good skin care is cheap and does not require expensive creams, and lotions. The natural chemicals on your skin provide a slightly acidic protective barrier. The normal PH of skin is about 5.5. Most soaps have a PH of 9-11, and excessive use of these soaps destroy the protective barrier. The skin is home to a virtual zoo of bacteria. Most of them are permanent residents. They are our friends and play a role in protecting us and our skin. Unnecessary use of medicated soaps could destroy them and leave our skin exposed to infections by harmful microbes. In fact the skin was not designed to be washed or treated with chemicals and sometimes these can actually be harmful. You can keep your skin clean by simply washing it at least twice a day with clean water, using your finger tips and the palm of your hands. Use mild soaps only, if at all, in the armpits and skin folds. There are many skin care products in the market. Some are good, and some are not so good. It is better to discuss it with your doctor, or someone who knows. Your skin has its own inbuilt cleansing and maintenance mechanism, therefore it is not always necessary to use skin care products.
A balanced diet, based largely on vegetables and fruits and low on fats and meat, drinking plenty of water, 6-7 hours of uninterrupted sleep at night, and of course a relaxed frame of mind, is all that you need to keep your skin healthy and beautiful. Your skin is your best garment. Beauty said Shakespeare, was in the eyes of the beholder, but the beauty of the skin is universal.
Dr. Shabihul Hassan
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