We all know what to do to keep our bodies healthy.

  • Exercise
  • Healthy balanced diet
  • Restricted sun exposure
  • Limited alcohol consumption
  • No Smoking

All these factors play an integral part in the health of our skin too. We can, thankfully, disguise our imperfect bodies with clothes but our faces are on public display 24/7. Yes make up can help, but should enhance our skin’s good health rather than completely block it out.

Exercise helps to bring richly oxygenated blood to the dermal layer of the skin. This healthy blood supply feeds the skin cells and optimises cell function within the epidermis.

A diet rich in omegas and antioxidants are vital for healthy organs with skin being the largest organ of the body. Omega rich food includes salmon, great for weight control and radiant skin. Broccoli contains high levels of vitamins and minerals, a true super food, but keep it lightly steamed, don’t boil away the benefits.

The dangers of excessive UV light are well documented. Links with skin cancers and accelerated ageing have been scientifically researched. More damage is thought to occur when sun exposure is taken in short bursts, a week in the sun, loading the skin with harmful rays, or frequent sunbed use. Regular use and reapplication of a good quality SPF 30 and above will help minimise the risk. We require some sunlight as vitamin D is synthesised in the skin and is a much needed requirement for physical health.

Alcohol in moderation is acceptable but it can really dehydrate the skin. This can be very noticeable around the thinner tissue of the eye area. The good news is red wines are rich in antioxidants and keep the blood thin. That said, so are many healthier food options, so keep alcohol intake in check. As for smoking we all know that is a NO NO and experts can spot a heavy smoker’s skin at 30 paces.

For all of the above it may take years to manifest the negative impact on the skin, but as we reach our 40’s and 50’s the effects will be all too evident.

Keep it healthy #skinhealth