Beautiful skin in 3 simple steps – find out what they are!
We all dream of healthy, firm and radiant skin. In our quest to attain this dream, we spend large sums of money on expensive cosmetics, visits to beauty salons and aesthetic medicine treatments. Despite all our efforts, our skin appears tired and grey. Do you know why this is the case? Check if you also make these fundamental mistakes in skincare.
We may not all be aware that our lifestyle has an enormous impact on the condition of our skin. We are under constant stress and are forced to do everything in a hurry, so despite professional and time-consuming skincare, our skin may remain thin and lacklustre. How can we prevent this from happening? The answer is simple. We need to regain control over how we sleep, what we eat and how often we engage in physical exercise.
Beauty one can only dream of
Women who have had enough sleep look younger – is this not a sufficient argument for maintaining correct sleeping patterns? Sleep is particularly beneficial to our health if it lasts approx. 8 hours. We should always remember about the quality of our sleep – if you go to bed relaxed and you air the room before falling asleep, you can be certain that you will enjoy a deeper sleep and you will be more sufficiently rested. When we observe good sleeping patterns, our skin ages slower and regenerates faster, giving us a more radiant and fresh appearance. Why is this?
During the day, our skin is exposed to numerous stimuli. It is exposed to pollution, as well as adverse weather conditions, such as solar radiation, strong wind and extreme temperatures. On top of that, the skin has to deal with stress and make-up which makes it difficult for the skin to breathe and regenerate.
As a result, the skin can rest only during the night, when it can finally work towards regaining its vitality. During the night, the cell division process accelerates, and the organism produces hormones and proteins responsible for the elasticity and smoothness of the skin – elastin and collagen.
When you are asleep, the blood circulation in the skin improves which enables more oxygen and nutrients to reach the skin. After a good night's sleep your skin will look healthy and radiant and those unsightly bags under your eyes will no longer be visible.
What happens to our skin when we sleep too little? The skin starts showing wrinkles and discolourations, it also becomes thin, and loses its firmness and healthy glow.
There is only one solution to this problem – let's look for our pillows!
Do you want your skin to look radiant? Exercise!
Physical activity is an excellent way to have firm skin and a glowing complexion. Why?
Intensive physical exercise improves blood circulation in the skin. When you exercise, is your face pink and covered with perspiration? That's great! This means that together with blood, more oxygen and nutrients are delivered to skin cells. As a result, the skin can regenerate better, it is more radiant, has less wrinkles and features less blackheads and pimples.
Interestingly, perspiration is beneficial to our skin. Sweat contains substances such as urea and lactic acid, which are responsible for hydrating and softening of the skin. Sweat also contributes to the removal of toxins from the body. Take a look at your face after an intensive training session – it is sure to look smooth and firm. Perspiration must have played a role in this!
Physical activity also reduces stress levels. Increased levels of stress result in the organism producing more sebum, which makes the skin oily, clogged up and tired. When stress levels are lower, the skin's production of sebum is adjusted. As a result, the complexion is smoother and brighter.
Stress also has a detrimental effect on our facial expressions – when we feel tense, we tend to create lines and folds in the skin by the movement of facial features, which unfortunately results in and reinforces mimic wrinkles. It is always a good idea to go jogging or join a zumba class, as such activities are great at combating stress. Remember that when you relax, your skin takes a rest as well.
Beauty on a plate
What we eat has a significant impact on the condition of our skin. For skin to look healthy and radiant, we need to ensure an optimum diet – one which does not lack proteins, sugars and fats. We should always remember to make our diet varied (instead of constantly eating the same favourite dishes, we should experiment with some new ones!) and rich in diverse ingredients. What should our diet contain if we want to look after our skin?
- Vitamins – a healthy diet should include large quantities of the following vitamins: A, B, C, D and E.
- Vitamin A – stimulates the production of collagen and elastin, i.e. proteins which are the main components of the skin. It also increases the flow of oxygen and nutrients to the skin.
- Vitamins from group B – slow down the skin’s ageing processes, help to maintain a healthy complexion, accelerate healing of the skin and control sebaceous glands.
- Vitamin C – has strong antioxidant properties, which means that this vitamin protects the skin from the harmful effects of free radicals. It also improves blood circulation and increases the flow of oxygen in the skin.
- Vitamin D – is responsible for the biological renewal of the epidermis. This means that it stimulates the creation of new cells, which accelerates the repair processes of the skin and delays its ageing. Vitamin D also prevents and alleviates skin inflammation.
- Vitamin E – has anti-ageing and antioxidant properties.
- Nutrients and minerals – a healthy skin requires the following minerals: silicon, iron, zinc, copper, sodium and potassium. These elements ensure the healthy functioning of skin cells and a youthful appearance.
What can we conclude from this information? We are all different, so the needs of our skin also differ. Some of us are troubled by wrinkles, some suffer from thin and loose skin, while some have a tired-looking and grey complexion. There are many different types of skin problems, but there is only one solution – looking after ourselves and our health. When we are healthy and rested we look beautiful. Our skin is no different.