How to Get Healthy Skin Without Chemicals
By Jamell Andrews
March 17, 2011
Nowhere is oneís overall health more apparent than in the skin. Whenever you eat well, refrain from consuming unhealthy substances, and stay away from unnatural products, this translates into a warm and healthy complexion. In contrast, when someone eats a lot of junk food, smokes, consumes caffeine or alcohol in excess, or uses too many products that are bad for the skin, the complexion becomes splotchy and poorly colored. Sure, there are any number of reasons why skin may look good or bad, but health is the most crucial aspect, and the one that we have the most control over.
Hydration and sun protection
Sun exposure is the biggest cause of rough skin, wrinkles, freckles, and age spots. While itís difficult to get protection from direct sun exposure without resorting to SPF sunscreens, many of which are unnatural, there are ways to protect yourself without overusing chemicals. Most importantly, try to avoid the sun during the peak hours between 10 AM and 4 PM. Also, wear hats and other items of clothing that cover up the skin.
Fruits and vegetables
It is also a good idea to eat plenty of leafy greens. Remember that when it comes to greens, the darker the better. Spinach and chard, for example, contain numerous nutrients that have benefits for the skin cells. But it is important to go beyond just greens with your vegetable consumption. A good rule of thumb is to try to eat a full rainbow of vegetables on a daily basis.
Finally, mental health is also a factor in your skinís appearance. Research has shown that unchecked stress can lead to breakouts and an overall unhealthy-looking appearance. Any time you are dealing with skin problems or a poor complexion, think about whether you have been unusually stressed lately. If so, slow down and take measures to increase your relaxation.