Did you know that the skin is the largest organ in the human body? Well, most of us definitely do. The skin also forms the first defense against disease-causing organisms, protecting the internal body parts from infection and inflammation. As if that’s all, the skin is an organ of beauty. Owing to the many functions it plays in the body, the skin needs to be taken proper care of to ensure that it stays youthful and healthy always. A moisturized and healthy skin will keep you glowing and can have a huge positive effect on your self-esteem as well as your overall health and wellbeing.

Needless to mention, the skin is always the first part of the body to reveal signs of aging. These could include wrinkles, dull spots, and fine lines, among others. This is because naturally, the skin loses its elasticity as the years go by. Even though the process is often complex and inevitable, experts have shown time and again that one can slow down or even reverse the signs of aging by taking proper care of their skin.

This having been said, here are some easy ways to keep your skin moisturized and healthy.

1. Keep your skin hydrated

Dehydration is one of the main reasons the skin sustains damage. Especially during summer when it’s too hot, the heat tends to rob your skin of its natural oils and moisture. As a result, you’re likely to feel drier on your facial skin, feet, and arms. It is also not uncommon for the skin around these areas to feel and look flakier. To protect your skin in such cases, always invest in a good hydrating product or moisturizer. As a matter of fact, winters tend to be harsher on the skin than summers. In winter, a heavier moisturizer would be more advisable. This means investing in a quality moisturizer or hydrating product that suits the season. As a matter of fact, Dr. Bill Andrews, founder of Siorai, says that quality skin serums are more effective than standard moisturizers because they penetrate the skin more deeply. It is always important to pick a quality moisturizing cream or lotion that won't be harsh on your skin.  

2. Use sunscreen

According to the NIH, skin cancer (including melanoma) is among the most common types of cancer diagnosed in the U.S. well, surprisingly, UV damage is one of the most common causes of this form of cancer. This makes it important to develop a habit of wearing sunscreen and protecting your skin from the harmful effects of UV at all times. In addition to applying sunscreen, it is important to cover your face, legs, arms, and other parts of the body that are bound to get direct exposure to the sun, especially around midday when the sun is at its hottest.

This protects your skin and allows it to retain the natural oils and moisture that keeps it healthy. When choosing sunscreen products, always consider what is known as the sun protection factor. A product with an SPF of around 30 can keep about 97% of UV rays away.

3. Exfoliate regularly

Just like most other body cells, the skin cells get used up, die, and are replaced with new ones. But then again, the body lacks a natural ability to get completely rid of these dead skin cells on the outer layer of the skin. When these accumulate, the debris can end up blocking some of your skin pores, especially when combined with beauty products, sweat, and excess oils. This can affect your skin’s integrity. To keep your skin healthy and glowing, it’s advisable to exfoliate regularly using a good scrub and soft body brush. Exfoliating your skin regularly comes with numerous benefits.

4. Stay Hydrated

Even as you keep your skin hydrated, it is also important to keep your body hydrated. This is because almost all biological processes and functions in the body rely on water, including metabolism, cell growth, and development. The doctor-recommended 8 glasses a day will go a long way in keeping your skin smooth, flexible, glowing, and healthy.

5. Use essential oils

Essential oils also provide another easy and fun way to take care of your skin, keeping it healthy and moisturized. As a matter of fact, there is huge scientific evidence suggesting that essential oils can reduce wrinkles and other signs of aging. Most of these oils are highly rich in antioxidants such as vitamin E, vitamin A, as well as fatty acids that enrich the skin with essential nutrients while locking in the moisture to restore its glowing health. Thanks to these therapeutic substances, they are able to penetrate deep in the skin to initiate repair and rejuvenation. Additionally, most of them work for all types of skin and can create a huge difference when used the right way and in the right amounts. Especially for dry skin, some of the best essential oils to use include castor oil, coconut oil, jojoba, sesame, and olive oil.

In addition to essential oils, you can also treat your dry skin with some of these natural skin moisturizers.

  • Organic honey

  • Aloe Vera Gel

  • Buttermilk

  • Avocado

  • Cocoa butter

  • Shea butter

  • Beeswax

6. Make use of skin rollers

Most people use them during the warmer months of summer, sometimes to beat the heat or soothe the skin. However, ice rollers are another way to keep your skin looking moisturized, vibrant, and healthy. Experts suggest that they can also help reduce wrinkles, redness, and keep your skin firmer.

7. Wash your skin every night

Will, this one doesn’t need a lot of explaining. For you to keep your skin well hydrated and healthy, you have to stick to a skin care routine that involves keeping your skin clean as often as possible. Wash it up every night to remove dirt, sweat, and other debris that may have accumulated all day long. This also removes any skin care products that you may have applied during the day and allows your skin to breathe overnight for a healthy look and feel the next morning.

8. Regular exercise

This one should have actually been one of the first pointers on the list. Nothing keeps your skin healthy and vibrant than a regular exercise routine, especially one that involves some sweating. When you sweat, your skin naturally eliminates toxins that may have built up in the underlying layers. It also improves your circulation, allowing better delivery of nutrients to your skin and other parts of the body. Exercise also improves your skin’s flexibility and can be an amazing way to fight the signs of aging.

There is only too much you can do to keep your sing healthy and moisturized. On top of the above pointers, it is important to be extremely careful when picking your soaps and skin care products. Some of them are known to be harsh on the skin and can rob it of its natural moisturizing oils. Depending on the type of your skin (sensitive), it can be advisable to keep away from products that are too colorful, strong-smelling, or too bubbly since these could easily irritate your skin. Nonetheless, the above pointers could be what you’ve been missing to transform the look and health of your skin.

 

Published by Peter Garlow