Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Easy Tips for Healthy Skin

The skin is the largest organ in the human body, com­posed of cells which keep dying and being renewed all the time. The skin you had last year is not the same skin you 'have today. The skin consists of layers. The outer layer, called the epidermis, is a mass of cells in two levels.

The lower level of the skin is the living level and the upper level is dead. Beneath the epidermis we have the dermis, which is a jelly-like substance supported by bundles of collague fibres, and below this there is a layer of fat. Generally female skin has more fat which gives a soft and rounded look to the body. The epidermis is divided into five cell layers: the horny layer, the glossy layer, the granular cell layer, the prickle cell layer and the basel cell. The skin protects the body from bacteria, elimi­nates waste matter and breathes. The sebaceous glands which produce oil (known as sebum) keep the skin supple. Sometimes the glands overproduce sebum, giving us a greasy skin, and sometimes underproduce giving us a dry skin. The performance of skin in controlling water loss. and temperature in body is directly related to one's health.
The skin is one of the greatest indicator of good or bad health. The essentials for a lovely skin are: a well balanced diet, scrupulous cleanliness and skin care, regular elimina­tion, fresh air and exercise, sufficient sleep and serenity or mental stability.

Diet is also of vital' importance and no skin can be hea1thy without proper nutrition. Try to avoid too much of carbohydrates, sugar, fried and greasy foods, cakes. and alcohol which can cause blemishes and blotchiness on the skin's surface. Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. The skin needs vitamins. Vitamin A aids circulation and a lack of it shows in drying, scaliness and a weakness of the epidermis. Vitamin B is recommended by many dieticians to clear the skin of spots and as an aid to healthy hair. Vitamin C is necessary to purify and vitalize the blood stream. Vitamin E makes the skin appear more youthful. The skin also produces Vitamin D through the action of sunlight upon it.

Drinking sufficient water (at least eight glasses a day) improves the complexion. But do not drink in between meals.
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