How To Love The Skin You're In

By Hand On The Hip - 9/27/2019

Image by chezbeate from Pixabay

It’s essential to love the skin you’re in, it’s your biggest organ, it’s your biggest protector and a beautiful part of your body that is one of the first things people see and notice when they meet you. Loving your skin means looking after it, and if you do that, it will look and feel better and make you look and feel better. So what are the best ways to show love for your skin?

Up Your Water Intake

Your skin is mostly made up of water. Without water, your skin can’t function at its best. If your skin doesn’t get enough water, not only will it become dry, tight, and flaky, but it will also become even more prone to aging. Your body loses large quantities of water every day, so if you don’t replace it by drinking more water, your skin will suffer. It’s easy to see the visible difference that hydration can make for your skin. The more hydrated you stay, the fewer wrinkles and fine lines you’ll see. Water helps your skin maintain moisture, which increases your elasticity. The more elastic your skin, the fewer wrinkles you’ll see.

Use The Right Products

If you have dry skin, your choice of face wash maybe even more important than your moisturizer. A nonsoap cleanser is ideal because it helps replace the moisture barrier in the skin. According to, too many of us are always over-cleansing, exfoliating, burning, and sandpapering our skin and therefore taking our “barrier” off. Your barrier is a naturally secreted, thin, protective film that covers your skin and is made up of oils, fatty acids, lactic acid, amino acids, and your skin’s natural moisturizing factor. So it’s imperative not to damage this essential layer. You can wash and scrub away this barrier, and it can be neutralized by alkaline soaps and body washes that raise the pH of your skin. If your skin feels tight and squeaky clean after cleansing or exfoliating, you have probably just stripped away your barrier, which significantly increases your chances of skin damage and infection.

Drink Green Tea

If your complexion is red or blotchy, the anti-inflammatory properties in green tea can be very soothing. However, iced tea is best because hot beverages can worsen redness and other symptoms of rosacea. Consider swapping your morning mug of coffee for a cup of green tea instead.

Don’t Stress

Stress takes a toll on nearly every part of your body, including your skin. In a study conducted at Stanford University, researchers found that during exam time, students who felt stressed had more severe acne breakouts than did those under less pressure. That’s because stress increases the body’s production of hormones such as cortisol, which can make skin oilier and decrease its ability to fight off acne-causing bacteria. To keep stress at bay, regularly practice stress-management techniques, such as yoga, deep breathing, and meditation.

Get A Good Sleep

While you’re asleep, the skin’s repair mechanisms swing into action. Being sleep-deprived, by contrast, puts stress on the body, causing it to release more adrenaline and cortisol, which can trigger breakouts and other skin problems.

P.S. This post is a collaborative post and not written by Hand On The Hip.

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