Tuesday, December 22, 2015

3 Keys To Wrapping The Perfect Present!

So what is the perfect present?

YOU! You are the ultimate package and the gift wrap is your skin!

Your skin is the largest organ and it covers your entire body. It is also the first line of defense in protecting your body both on the inside and outside. 

Your skin is constantly bombarded every day by elements that you may or may not have control over.

Key #1

  • Dehydration
The average person does not drink enough liquid to properly keep their body hydrated. Men should be drinking approximately 3 liters or 13 cups in total beverages and women should be drinking 2 liters or 9 cups.

  • Weather
Wind, sun, swimming pools and humidity can be very drying for your skin without proper protection.

  • Pollutants
Smog, dirt, dust interferes with the skin’s ability to regulate moisture, leaving the skin dry, splotchy, wrinkled, and clogged.

  • Harsh Hand/Facial Soaps
Many soaps, especially deodorant bar soaps, contain detergents that remove your skin’s natural oils, leaving it dry and more sensitive.

So how do you care for your skin? By bathing it in nutrients that cleanse, moisturize and protect so you create a strong and healthy barrier for your body.

Key #2

  • Stress
Heartburn, shallow breaths and headaches are some of the signs that your body is under stress. Your skin shows the effects of stress by wrinkles, dermatitis and acne. 

Practice deep breathing. Take a big breath that fills your belly, hold for few seconds, and exhale slowly through your mouth. This technique will help calm any anxiety or stress.

  • Hormonal Changes
Hormone imbalances can make your skin appear older. Too little estrogen will cause skin to lose its firmness and elasticity. Too much testosterone will stimulate the oil glands and leads to adult acne. Too little thyroid hormones will create skin that is dry and brittle. 

  • Dermatitis
Dermatitis is an inflammation of the skin with symptoms that includes itching, redness and swelling. Common causes are stress, allergies and contact sensitivities. 

  • Smoking
The nicotine in cigarettes causes narrowing of the blood vessels in the outermost layers of your skin. This causes less blood flow and reduces the amount of oxygen and nutrients that can get to the skin.

All of these triggers can have a serious impact on your immune system.

Key #3

  • Weight fluctuation 
Effective weight management can avoid negative consequences such as sagging and flabby skin. 

  • Poor eating habits
Poor eating habits over a long term basis will break down your immune system and your skin will be dull and lack luster.

  • Exercise
Consistent exercise is great for keeping your body looking young and in shape. Too much intense exercise? This can actually accelerate signs of aging. Stress from extreme exercise breaks down your skin's collagen leading to premature wrinkles. 

  • Lack of sleep
When you don’t get enough sleep, your body releases more of the stress hormone cortisol. In excess amounts, cortisol can break down skin collagen. Collagen is the protein that keeps skin smooth and fresh looking.

With a complete and balanced approach, you can have skin you’ve always wanted through good nutrition, supplements, hormonal balance and proper exercise.

Beautiful skin…gift wrap on a healthy body!

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