Take care of your skin to revolutionize your overall performance in 2019! Learning the basics on skin care is crucial in ensuring that you maintain a physiologically and socially healthy life!
But how does my skin health affect the achievement of my 2019 goals?
This may appear far-fetched to you but the reality is that individuals with a flawless and healthy skin are more likely to achieve their 2019 resolutions seamlessly than those with no skin care plan!
Still confused? Let’s put this into perspective?
You’ll opine that the speed of achieving your goals is directly proportional to the level of your self-esteem and self-belief at any given time. Right?
As early as 1948, acne vulgaris was considered a significant threat to people’s self-love and confidence to face life. Sulzberger and Zaidems, some of the most profound researchers of all time in dermatology, made a statement that carries significant weight to date. They wrote:
“There is no single disease that causes more physic trauma, more maladjustment between parents and children, more general insecurity and feelings of inferiority and greater sums of physic suffering than does acne vulgaris”
More studies have been published to support the findings of Sulzberger and Zaidems’ research article.
A study published in the Journal of Cutaneous and Aesthetic Surgery showed that scarring affects the self-esteem of youths in the society which significantly reduces their quality of life.
The skin is the first thing that people will notice on your first meeting! As such, you should be careful to take care of your skin adequately thus preventing acne breakouts and other conditions that may disadvantage you.
Why You Should Take Care of Your Skin in 2019
We’ve already seen how the skin can affect your social life. You’re obliged to take care of your skin to ensure that you boost your chances of success in 2019.
Not all skin conditions are avoidable. However, you can reduce the chances of their occurrence by ensuring that your skin is cleansed and well-kept. Even when an unavoidable condition attacks you, the level of skin care that you adopt will directly influence the speed of recovery!
Your skin is highly exposed to the external environment. As such, it interacts with lots of harmful substances on a daily basis.
Consider this analogy:
Alexis and Thomas bought a car at the same time in Hawaii. Thomas moved to the Highlands County of Virginia to manage an agricultural project he was undertaking. A few months later, Alexis called Thomas to inform him that his car had undergone serious corrosion and required lots of money to repair and repaint. Thomas was shocked since his car was in perfect condition!
Now consider this;
Alexis was living in a rather harsh environment for the car. The Pacific water may have offered him a relaxing breeze but it carried with it corrosive elements that destroyed his car! This was not the case for Thomas who lived in a salt-free environment.
For Alexis to maintain the car in a perfect condition, he was required to take extra care! He should cover the car, wash it regularly, and frequently wax the paint. If this does not happen, he’ll end up using a lot of money more often to repair his car.
In the same way;
The skin interacts with very severe conditions. It acts as a barrier to protect the internal organs from damage. If you’re not careful, these contaminants will destroy it and cause severe conditions.
However, just like Alexis, there are myriad options that you can use to prevent skin damage. It’s upon you to ensure that you effectively take care of your skin to avert any such problems.
How to Take Care of Your Skin
You’ve probably read repeatedly on the basic facts that you should consider when you desperately need to take proper care of your skin.
The question is; have you implemented them?
This section will remind/introduce some of the crucial skincare tips as well as offer unique ideas that will make it a breeze to comply!
Treat Your Skin Like an Expensive Jewel!
Is it not paradoxical that you keep saying that you want a flawless skin yet you’re deliberately refusing to pay the price?
Let’s face it, friends;
There is a price to pay for a healthy and flawless skin! If you can afford to purchase a safe box for your jewels, then there is absolutely no reason to neglect your skin.
The skin is the most expensive jewel you have in the body. It not only promote your external appearance but also protect all your internal organs from infections.
If your skin stopped functioning today, your internal organs would be exposed to all manner of infections and the chances of you surviving would be zero!
You can imagine the tons of waste products excreted through the skin would accumulate in your body. The pollutants would have a field day in your body. The temperature regulatory mechanism would be affected! This is just a scratch of the devastating effects that would accompany a failing skin.
Given the crucial role that the skin plays in your body, it’s only fair that you invest in habits that will ensure that you take care of your skin adequately. And yes;
It’s time you started treating it like an expensive jewel! If you do it, you’ll start to see improvements in its texture and general well-being.
Drink Plenty of Water
I know this is almost sounding like a cliche! But we cannot just get tired of emphasizing the crucial role that water has in your routine to take care of your skin.
Your skin is not just an organ but the largest in the body. While there is no clear figure on the number of cells in the entire body, scientists estimate that you have approximately 37.2 trillion cells.
Since your skin is the largest organ, you expect that it has the largest number of cells out of the estimated 37.2 trillion.
These cells are largely made of fluids and if you do not take adequate amount of water, you’ll interfere with the osmotic functions of the cells! This will eventually affect their normal functioning which will lead to problems.
If your skin is not getting enough water, it will get dehydrated and become dry and flaky. What happens afterward?
The skin dryness will not only affect your aesthetics but also increase your chances of catching infections. Also, when your skin dries up, it loses its resilience and will potentially develop wrinkles. As such, its safe to say that drinking water will keep your skin looking young! Do you want to appear like an elderly person when you’re still at your 20s?
Nobody would want that, right? Well, drink plenty of water to avert such a situation!
Additionally, drinking water ensures that important nutrients are transported to the skin. This nourishment is necessary since it ensures it carries all its functions adequately.
Drinking excess water is equally harmful to your body. All you need for healthy living is a maximum of 8 glasses in a day!
As you drink water, it will be utilized by your body and you’ll get an urge to replenish. Whenever you feel the thirst for water, you shouldn’t go against your body! Even when you’ve already taken 8 glasses, the body may require more depending on your physical activities or the environmental conditions. If the body asks for it, you’re obliged to honor the demand!
Can you apply water directly on your skin instead of drinking?
This question is crucial and the answer is simple;
Direct application of water on the skin is necessary, but it should not substitute drinking. As we earlier indicated, the skin is made of billions of cells. The only way to nourish these cells is by drinking water.
Direct application of water on the skin will help to clear the contaminants and keep the skin fresh, but the rigidity of the cells will depend on the amount of water you take.
It’s crucial to note that your skin gets the water after every other organ. As such, it suffers the most when you fail to take sufficient water. To avert this, you should make drinking plenty of water a part of your routine to take care of your skin!
Tobacco smoking poses a significant threat to the health of your skin. The habit exposes you to chemicals that will interfere with the normal functioning of your skin.
According to a study published in the Journal of Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery, smoking has been strongly linked to numerous dermatological conditions, some of them severe!
According to their findings, people who smoke accelerates the skin aging process. If you’re into this habit, you need to consider withdrawing before it’s too late. We’re saying this cognizant of the fact that the withdrawal will not be a walk in the park. But you know what;
It is possible!
Millions of people have successfully walked through this path, believe you me you’ll equally overcome. This will not only restore the glow on your skin but also protect you from other life-threatening conditions.
The research further discovered that people who smoked had poor wound healing, a high likelihood of developing squamous cell carcinoma, acne, eczema, and chronic lesions for people with diabetes, lupus, and AIDS.
These findings make it extremely clear that there exists an undisputed link between smoking and poor skin health. It’s better to avert this situation before it gets to the worst.
If you’re unable to stop on your own, we advise that you ask for rehabilitation help from professionals. Your health should be your priority and you should never compromise it!
Keep your Skin Always Clean
Your skin is a homeostatic organ. It excretes tons of waste products. As such, it is necessary that you regularly cleanse it to ensure that these toxic substances do not accumulate on the skin surface.
Here are 4 tips to keep your skin clean at all times:
- Use the right products. Never use bar soap for skin cleaning! This soap is not formulated to clean your sensitive skin. It’s highly alkaline and it will interfere with your skin’s pH which will lead to skin problems. If you’re determined to take care of your skin (which you should be anyway), you should purchase specially formulated skin liquid soaps, toners, and moisturizers. Ensure that you clean your skin at least twice daily and apply a moisturizer to keep it moist thus avoiding flakiness.
- Regularly exfoliate your skin. It’s important that you exfoliate your skin to remove debris and dead skin from your skin. This will open up the pores thus allowing adequate skin aeration. You should note that when you overdo it, the exfoliation process can expose your skin to more problems. Ideally, you should scrub your face at most twice a week.
- Cover your skin. Always ensure that your skin is covered especially when outdoors. This will reduce its contact with contaminants thus keeping it healthy. If it’s not possible to cover it, you shouldn’t worry! Just clean it gently when you get back to the house and apply a moisturizer.
- Never Wear Your Make-Ups Overnight. Immediately after you’re done with your daily activities, you should wash off all your makeups and moisturize your skin before going to bed. If you fail to do this, you’ll provide an opportunity for debris development which will negatively affect the health of your skin.
Handle your Skin Gently
While you may be in dire need to take care of your skin, your routine could do more harm than good.
You must have heard of the ancient statement “too much of anything is poisonous”. Right?
This statement is true when it comes to your regular activities to take care of your skin. You should never overdo anything! Here are a few tips to apply:
- Avoid soaps at all cost. Only use mild cleansers when cleaning your skin
- Moisturize your skin. This is especially important for people with dry skin. You should choose your ideal moisturizer and stick to it.
- Use the right shaving techniques. If you want to get rid of the beards or any other hair on the skin, ensure that you use shaving cream/lotion/gel to lubricate your skin. Never shave against the hair. Also, ensure that you use a sharp razor blade to avoid harming your skin which will lead to acne development.
- Regulate your bathing frequency. Taking too many hot baths will eradicate oils from your skin which will cause dryness problem.
Just like any other organ, your skin has a rich supply of blood vessels. The vessels help in supplying oxygen and nutrients to your skin.
When you exercise, you increase the blood supply to the skin which consequently keeps it nourished.
While exercise does not help in detoxification (this is solely done by the liver), it plays a significant role in flushing out skin debris. Sweating helps in opening up the skin pores and thus enabling aeration and better skin health.
Exercising helps in keeping your muscles firm. This will result in a better-looking you!
Finally, exercising helps you to manage stress which attributes to several hormonal-associated skin abnormalities. Better stress management will translate into a healthy and better-looking skin.
Protect your Skin from the Sun
While the sun is crucial for the formation of vitamin D, you should not expose your skin to too much sunlight (especially between 10 in the morning and 4 in the evening).
Frequent and long hours under the sun will cause age spots, wrinkles, and other skin complications including carcinoma!
Always ensure that you wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a minimum of 15 SPF whenever you’re working outdoors. Alternatively, you can use protective clothes with special additives that can block ultraviolet rays.
Best Ideas to Boost Efforts to Take Care of Your Skin
We’ve listed crucial tips to help you to take care of your skin. You’ll realize that their implementation is not easy!
However, all you need is commitment and disciple. Here are a few ideas that should help you in the process:
- Have a consistent skincare routine. You must choose a routine to take care of your skin and stick to it. There is nothing as harmful as changing your skin care plan. It might backfire and leave behind a mess that will take tremendous efforts to repair.
- Know your skin type. You should note that different skin types have varying skin care routines. As such, knowing your skin type is the first crucial step in achieving flawless skin. Once you’ve achieved this, ensure that you only use products that fit your skin type. Always check the manufacturer’s instructions and only select those products specially meant for your skin.
- Make friends with your dermatologist! Regularly consult your dermatologists whenever you want to switch from one product to another. Also, make it a habit to consult the professional whenever you notice a problem on your skin!
You must have made many resolutions in 2019 and if developing an efficient skin care routine is not among them, then you need to include it!
The skin is a crucial organ that directly affects your social life. It will boost your self-esteem and confidence which is enough to revolutionize your 2019.
You should ensure that you practice all the ideas that we have given in this post. While they may appear simple when reading, we assure you that it will not be easy! As such, we recommend that you uphold high level of discipline and commitment to achieve it.
Finally, you should ensure that you take any problem, regardless of how simple it may appear, on your skin with the seriousness it deserves. If need be, you should consult your dermatologist before the problem is beyond control!