WHAT DOES YOUR SKIN CRAVE?
Updated: Sep 24
Your skin is as unique as you are. But, what is it craving?
Your skin being the largest human organ needs to be taken care of, by you. Skin can vary in condition from one part of your body to the other with the face needing some extra special attention to maintain its youthful appearance or help your skin to look and feel better. First, you want to know the type of skin you are in. Do you have dry, oily, combination skin or somewhere in between? #lovetheskinyouarein #hydration #skintype #beauty
The "t" Zone
If you look at your face in the mirror and imagine a vertical line going from your forehead to your chin and than a horizontal line going from one side of your cheek bone to the other, that is called the "t" zone.
The "t" zone can secrete more oils than the rest of your face. Or, it can be the opposite. You can secrete less oils in the "t" zone while the rest of your face is more oily. Or, it can be a combination other than those two options. Yes, it can be annoying, but once you get a handle on the type of skin you have the better you can focus on how to meet the needs of your skin type. #whatismyskincraving #lovetheskinyouarein
What kind of climate do you live in?
Does the climate you live in have seasonal changes? Do you live in an extreme climate that is either super hot or humid or super cold and dry? The kind of climate you live in along with the changes of your areas seasons will affect the condition of your skin and what is it craving. Adapting your skincare regime or routine as the seasons change is as important as the regime itself. Keep track of how your skin looks and feels during the transitions of season as well as the current climate you live in and adjust accordingly. #climatecanaffectskincondition
Hormonal Changes can affect your skin.
Other factors like hormonal changes can also affect how your skin is doing. Don't be surprised when you get that monthly blemish breakout or two or three. Monthly blemishes are your hormones talking and actually letting you know your skin is function well. Know your skin is changing everyday as a natural cycle of renewal. Skin also responds to every type of condition in the environment from climate to humidity level to free radicals of toxins in the form of pollution. #hormonalchangesaffectyourskin
So, what is your skin craving?
Think of your skin like a living plant. Like plants your skin needs clean water, nutrients and light. Water is one of the main sources your skin craves and is needed for optimal function. Drinking half your body weight in ounces is a good measure of how much water you need. You don't hear too often or maybe not at all that drinking too much water is rare, but it is not good for you as it will alter the salt and electrolytes and can make you feel sick. It is called water intoxication, so keeping that balance of fluids is important. Take note of how hot the weather is and how much exposure you have or how much you sweat during a workout. Those signs and signals will help you determine how much water intake you need for the day. Also, limit those sugary drinks and opt for water instead. Refined sugar is not your friend, so keeping it to a minimum will help your skin look and feel better. #skincraveswater
Your skin craves nutrients.
We get nutrients by eating and drinking healthy foods and can include taking those most basic vitamins and mineral supplements. Spices are also a rich source of nutrients and can help aid in overall skin health. Sometimes it feels like our skin is craving a burger and fries, but do keep those fat rich foods to a minimum. Too much fatty foods can lead to all kinds of skin problems and aid in the craving of more fatty foods. Breaking down what your skin needs to be healthy can vary from person to person. Finding what your skin is craving is a journey worth discovering. It's not about the perfect diet. But, if you want to improve the condition of your skin or keep your skin youthful long term than eating and drinking vitamin rich food and spices is a must. (Spice doesn't mean spicy, but it can be). Adding one more piece of fruit or veggie or adding some spice to your food everyday will lead you to better skin health.
Your skin craves light.
You do need natural light to absorb that valuable vitamin D. Getting that natural light safely by putting on sunscreen or protective clothing and wearing sunglasses or even a sun hat or visor to give extra protection for your skin and especially your eyes is a must have. Always keep in mind the skin around your eyes is the most delicate skin on your face. Protecting your skin is so important, since too much sun is very damaging to your skin and will age skin faster than anything else. The worse contributing factors for unhealthy lack luster skin is too much sun, sun damage, smoking, alcohol, pollution/free radicals, negative stress, and inadequate nutrient rich diet. Your skin is craving water, nutrients and light along with some good sleep of course. Take the journey to discover how you can improve your skin health and love the skin you are in. Future posts will include more specifics on skincare regimes from the easiest to more elaborate routines. Stay safe and take care of your skin. You are worth it!!