Time doesn’t do that much to our skin. But the sun does; approximately 90% of the changes that occur with age result from the sun. Melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer, is strongly associated with excessive sun exposure, especially when the skin has been sunburned. Theoretically, a single sunburn can be enough to lead to melanoma many years or decades later. The American Cancer Society estimates that 90% of all skin cancers are caused by exposure to the sun.
Skin ages in two ways: intrinsically, which is controlled by our genes, and extrinsically, which covers all our bad and good habits and the effects of the environment. With sun damage, there’s irregular pigmentation and big dark patches as well as freckling. With intrinsic aging, wrinkling is just fine lines. With sun damage, it can be thick, coarse wrinkling like the farmers who have those crosshatched lines on the back of their neck.
Healthy, radiant skin relies on your body and internal organs being healthy and functioning well.
Some of these include:
Ineffective clearance of toxins or metabolic wastes via the digestive tract and/or the liver
Poor immune function and inflammation • Poorly managed stress
Sluggish circulation and lymphatic flow
Poor dietary habits
Poor personal hygiene or excessive hygiene
Hormonal fluctuations (e.g. skin conditions that worsen pre-menstrually)
Water is important for overall good health because water aids in digestion, circulation, absorption and even excretion
Skin cells are made up of water and without water, the organs will certainly not function properly or at their best.
If your skin is not getting the sufficient amount of water, the lack of hydration will present itself by turning your skin dry, tight and flaky. Dry skin has less resilience and is more prone to wrinkling
You are what you eat: So eat well! A healthy, well-balanced diet is essential for skin health
Be active: Exercise helps increase blood flow to the skin, and encourages the removal of toxins through sweat
Aim for better stress management: Stress can increase inflammation and affect digestive and immune function, all of which are contributing factors to poor skin health
Dry skin brushing prior to your morning shower is a simple technique to stimulate lymphatic circulation, helping your body to clear the build-up of toxins that can aggravate skin conditions
Wash your skin with pH-controlled gels: Humans are covered in a diverse wardrobe of skin microbes, many of which promote skin health
Support yourself with supplements
Treat yourself topically with the correct products for your skin type