At Cyberspace Health Clinic.co.uk we get many requests for information and advice on a whole range of skin conditions from acne to psoriasis, but by following our guide to skin health you can attempt to make sure that you're skin starts in perfect shape……
- Do not diet - It has been shown that dieting positively adversely affects skin health. Dieters often do not ingest the essential fats that are necessary for keeping the skin healthy. Furthermore, rapid or dramatic changes in weight damage the skin's elastin and collagen fibres causing saggy, dull complexion. So always eat regular, but healthy meals.
- Essential Fats - one of the most important factors in having good skin is eating enough of the right kind of fats and cutting out bad fats. The essential fatty acids found in oily fish (eat at least 3 portions a week), nuts, seeds and vegetable oils combat dry, dull, flaky skin and are actually implicated in good weight control. Other fats such as chips, burgers, crisps, fried food etc just make you fat.
- Take Zinc - The American Academy of Dermatologists has now confirmed that Zinc is essential in improving skin conditions such as acne, eczema and dermatitis. It is also essential for keeping the skin basically healthy. Zinc-rich foods include seafood, cheese, nuts, seeds, and seeds. RDA for Zinc is 15mg so try to get this daily with a supplement.
- Kidney health - problematic or sluggish kidneys are usually responsible for bags under the eyes and spots. It is probably time for a detox. Eat kidney-toning foods such as celery, artichokes, and asparagus and drink teas of fennel and goldenseal helps to flush out your kidneys. Most importantly - remember to drink plenty of water - at least 6-8 glasses a day, between meals, at room temperature - should help immeasurably.
- Sleep - this is one of the best ways of keeping the skin looking healthy and glowing. Obvious but true - try to get your optimum sleep per night (7-9 hours) to prevent the grey, sallow, saggy problems that arise from lack of quality sleep.
- Vitamin C - this vitamin is crucial in skin health because of its role in collagen - the substance that holds the skin up and gives it it's supple, spongy texture - production. Red foods such as red peppers, tomatoes, and berries are an excellent source of Vitamin C, and also take a supplement of up to 500mg-1000mg daily with bioflavinoids.
- Antioxidants - the skin vitamins - Vitamins A,C and E are now found in many skin cream preparations. Vitamin E is the star of skin health. Found naturally in wheatgerm, vegetable oil, nuts, and seeds it promotes healing and reduces scarring. It is used topically in treating eczema and healing acne scars. Taking your daily intake of the antioxidant vitamins helps to keep your skin glowing, supple and blemish-free.
- Balancing - complementary therapies can help in restoring the internal balance that might be contributing to skin problems. Acupressure and Acupuncture can help by stimulating certain internal organs and thereby relieving congestion and restoring skin vitally. To find a qualified acupuncturist in your area look in the Practitioner Directory.
- Exercise - aerobic (oxygenated) exercise such as running, dancing, walking and aerobics will give your skin an instant glow by increasing the flow of oxygen to the skin by using the lungs properly. Just 10 minutes brisk walking per day will kick-start your circulation into action.
- Sunrays - there is a lot of information on how the sun is bad for your skin, but actually taking in the rays of the sun is important in keeping skin healthy. Not only is it the way that we make Vitamin D in the body, crucial for bone and skin health, but the blue light waves in UV light have been shown to kill the bacteria responsible for acne and infections in the skin. The good news is you can still absorb these rays whilst wearing sunscreen, so slap on that SPF15 every time you go outside so you don’t' start developing wrinkles!
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