The skin is the largest organ of the body. It is also a protective covering for your internal organs and a buffer against injury and extreme heat and cold conditions. Your skin stretches as you grow. It also adjusts to accommodate life changes such as pregnancy and weight gain. One of the first signs of aging is shown through the skin, especially when it comes to skin elasticity, crow’s feet along the eyes and laughter lines around the mouth.
When you neglect your skin, use drugs or other harmful substances, you will age faster than you should. Even though you take great care of your skin by keeping it moisturized and keeping it from exposure to harmful UV rays, you may still need some help to keep it looking and feeling younger and healthier. Skin conditions that come with age and weight are unsightly varicose veins, spider veins stretch marks and wrinkles.
It is easier to maintain healthy skin rather than try to repair that which is damaged. If you have not been taking care of your skin and want to start now, there is still hope. Some of the tried and true methods below can be of help:
- Drink plenty of water
Although it may not be from the fountain of youth, drinking plenty of water hydrates your cells, flushes toxins and improves the overall complexion of your skin. Drinking water also improves digestion. Drinking a glass of water before meals gives you a full feeling and prevents overeating.
- Stock up on your vitamins
Certain vitamins such as vitamin D and E are great for your skin. They may be applied via numerous creams and lotions or ingested to repair your skin. There are also many herbal remedies that can be used to supplement your diet. Olive oil, grape seed oil and jojoba are well known for their emollient properties. When applied on your entire body especially your hands, feet and neck, you can drastically reduce visible signs of aging.
- Seek professional help
Consult a dermatologist for help on healthy ways to reduce signs of aging. You may also seek the services of a licensed plastic surgeon or for assistance in areas where a good skin and health regimen fall short. For example, a plastic surgeon can assist with cellulite treatment for the removal of cellulite which is very difficult to eliminate via conventional methods.