Our Skin a Blessing or Curse? Part 1

If we were given three wishes most of us would make one of our wishes healthy and youthful skin.  Many of us spend thousands of dollars each year trying to recapture the radiance glow we once saw in the mirror.

Below is a list of 16  ways we damage our skin everyday and some are so easy to change we can start today.  If you could change three things on this list to get your youthful look back which one would it be?

16 Ways we damage our skin?

Clogged pores – not thoroughly cleaning our face morning and night can hold bacteria, causing infections, inflammation, blemishes and scaly skin.

Dehydration – water helps our organs and cells function properly, help us metabolize fat and flushes waste out of our cells.

Diets low in fresh fruits and vegetables – can accelerate free radical damage.

Excess sun exposure – accelerates the effect of aging and possibly cause skin cancer.

Excess Alcohol – creates inflammation throughout the body including the skin.

High Blood Sugar – (elevated glucose levels) this is the process in which sugar and amino acids in collagen adhere to each other, interfering with collagen regeneration, promoting wrinkles, sagging and chicken neck but can be all over our body.

Hypothyroidism – An underactive thyroid can cause dry and flaky skin.

Inflammation – causes puffiness, blemishes and pigmented lesions.

Insufficient amounts of essential fatty acids – insufficient good fat in our diets – avocado, coconut oil, olive oil and omega oils

Skincare products some skin products sit on the surface, over saturated and cause limited nutrient effect, inflammation and clog our pores.

Sleep – most of us know that when we sleep our body renews itself. Consistent and inadequate sleep can damage the skin and make us look older.

Smoking Cigarettes and/or exposure to second hand smoke – can accelerate the normal ageing process of skin, contributing to wrinkles.

Sodium lauryl sulfate – is one of the most irritating cleansing agents used in drug and department store skin-care products. In fact, it’s considered a standard comparison substance for measuring skin irritancy of other ingredients. It strips the skin of natural moisture which causes the skin to look old and tired.

Stress – causes skin cells to appear tired.

Sugar and Starchy Carbs – foods which contain sugar and starchy carbs shows up on the skin as a loss of radiance, dark circles under the eyes, the loss of tone, puffiness, an increase in fine lines and wrinkles, the loss of facial contours and increased pore size.

Toxins – environmental pollutants damage our skin.

Check back on Thursday for Part 2 on 6 Ways to nourish your skin from the inside.