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Sunday, September 12, 2010

The Basics: Healthier Skin. (Second Half)

Yesterday I talked about the things that my dermatologist friend taught me, and so today I will talk about some of my own knowledge on achieving healthier skin.

  • Antioxidants.  I'm sure you've all heard this word before, but I'm not sure if all of you know what it means. You can look them up online for a long definition.  Basically, an antioxidant is something that goes into your body and bonds with free radicals.  In short, they're vitamins.  Vitamins belong in your body, not on your skin.  You can look it up and websites will tell you that it's good to put antioxidants onto your skin.  This is advertising.  Instead of spending extra money for something that has "antioxidants for healthier skin" (And by the way, retinal A has been associated with skin cancer when applied on the skin.)  The first step for healthy skin is too make sure you get all of your daily vitamins.  I suggest taking a multivitamin.
  • The next thing for healthier skin is yet another eating habit.  Stay away from anything that's carbonated.  Carbonated drinks dehydrate the body and, in the long run, damage the skin because it keeps the skin from getting enough water.  I suggest drinking only things such as waters and teas (unsweetened.)  Milk doesn't do anything for your body when you grow older because It uses the calcium it gives in digestion, making it practically water with fat, some vitamins (multivitamin can replace that nourishment) and protein (which is unessential after you're done growing).  The second thing is sugars.  Stay away from unnatural sugars such as high fructose corn syrup.  These are all very bad for your body, and not only will make your skin less healthy and more bloated, but it will make you feel drowsy constantly.
  • This is the last of eating habits, I promise.  I don't have to worry about this one much because I'm pesceterian (vegetarian but eat fish and dairy).  However, the only meat I eat is salmon because it is the most healthy meat that you can eat, and is the tastiest.  Basically, stay away from bottom feeders and pork.  The reason for this is because all of the toxins in their body get stored up in their fat.  Well, you're saying, "that goes away, doesn't it?"  It doesn't.  The toxins from the fat are released into your body when you eat any of the animal's fat, making you feel drowsy.  It is incredibly unhealthy and, if you have acne, will make your acne much worse.  If you don't have acne, you may feel as if you are starting to get it if you eat too much pork and bottom feeders.  It also is related to high blood pressure, early deterioration of the kidneys, and a bad heart.
  • Now I'll move on to something that's not eating habits.  This is  big one.  Don't get stressed.  Now I know this seems like an insane thing to try to do because everyone gets stressed.  However, it's actually very easy to keep from getting stressed.  Meditation.  You can look up a guide online or whatever, but I'm going to cover the basics here.  The first step is to close your eyes and start breathing slowly, count to 3 on the inhale and to 6 on the exhale.  What this does is clear your body of air pollutants and lowers your heart rate.  Next, with each breath try to relax a different part of your body, start with the legs.  Let your entire body relax and feel as if you're sinking into nothingness.  Next you must relax your brain.  Every time a thought comes into your head just pass it away, reject it, try to have nothing in your head.  Imagine yourself in a peaceful spot, perhaps a meadow, or a sunset beach. Be in that peaceful spot, don't let anything distract you from being this.  After 20 minutes or so, you should be completely relaxed and free of stress.  It will also help prevent stress.  I will not go over all the harmful effects of stress (distress) here, but I will just say that it creates a hormonal imbalance which results in oily and more acne-prone skin, as well as skin that looks patchy.
  • Make sure you get enough sleep and keep your pillow clean.  Having a clean pillow will prevent the dirtiness of your face from building up and rubbing back on .
  • Use a facial masque every week or so, you'll be amazed by the affects.  I'll go over how to make one most likely later this week.
  • Eat more fruits and vegetables, come on.
  • Don't drink, smoke, etc.
  • Stay away from processed foods (hint, the more fiber it has, the less processed it is)
  • Last one.  Fiber is one of the best things for your body in the world.  Don't deprive yourself, it'll help you look much more healthy, and will help keep you from being overweight (huge benefactor).
I can't think of any more of these on the spot, so I guess that'll be all for today.  I think I was going to tell you all something else as well, but I've forgotten now.  Happy reading!

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  1. Thanks for the tips! Really nice read :D

    Keeping myself from touching my face seems to help me, along with most of the things you mentioned

  2. These are very good informative posts mate keep up the good work

  3. sweet, maybe that will help with my breakouts

  4. All very interesting stuff, thanks for taking the time to write it <3

  5. My fiance will enjoy your blog!

  6. great tips, I need to change my whole lifestyle