Did you know that the skin is the body’s largest organ? The skin performs multiple functions, the most important of which is to act as a barrier to protect the body from the entry of harmful pathogens and bacteria. This saves us from being smitten by diseases and illnesses. Therefore, it’s imperative to take care of your skin. Those who already suffer from skin problems know the struggle of fighting acne, alleviating sunburns, dealing with rosacea and more. In today’s article, we’ve discussed 5 tips to help those who currently have skin problems, keep their skin healthy.

Drink Plenty of Water

You can never stress the importance of drinking enough water. It is the reason we are all alive today. Water is a major constituent of our body, and it’s a medium for the metabolic reactions that take place in our bodies. Water does wonders for your skin. From keeping it hydrated, smooth and supple, and adding that glow you always wanted, water aids blood circulation in the body. It’s this ease in the circulation of blood that brings vital nutrients to all cells in our tissues and allows for the removal of toxic wastes. Be sure to drink 8 glasses of water a day to keep yourself and your skin hydrated.

Eat Healthily

Here is another item on the list for which the importance can’t be stressed enough – eating healthy. It will never benefit you if you let your cravings for fast food rule you. Remember that it’s easy to add a few pounds to your waist, but it’s not so easy to get rid of them. Consuming a healthy diet laden with fruits and vegetables is key to keeping your skin healthy. We recommend consuming avocados, blueberries, broccoli, cucumbers, pomegranates, sweet potatoes, papayas, and nuts, because they’re all packed with nutrients like vitamins A, C, E, K, potassium, magnesium and more which favor the skin in protecting itself and delaying aging.

Avoid Alcohol & Smoking

Drinking alcohol and smoking are not only injurious to your health, but to your skin as well.  The nicotine found in cigarettes constricts blood vessels and prevent nutrients from reaching cells in the body. Therefore,  waste products and toxins are not eliminated as thoroughly as they should be. This contributes to premature aging because the skin loses its elasticity and begins to wrinkle. Alcohol, on the other hand, dehydrates the skin and depletes the skin of crucial nutrients. It also causes your face to look more bloated or puffy. Needless to say, alcohol can make both your breath and body foul-smelling since alcohol in excess is removed via sweat.

Avoid Plenty of Sun

Did you know that skin cancer is one of the most common cancers? As a result of the ongoing depletion of Earth’s ozone layer, UV rays from the sun are penetrating the earth and don’t make their way back out into space. This is probably the biggest cause for the rise in skin cancer.  Limit your exposure to the sun as it can result in various other skin issues like sunburn, wrinkles, age spots, discoloration and more. Be sure to wear clothing that offers more coverage when in the sun, apply sunscreen with SPF 15 or above, and avoid tanning beds at all costs.

Be Gentle & Caring

The last tip on our list is to be gentle with your skin. Firstly make sure you know your skin type so you can purchase skin products accordingly. Secondly, purchase products that are not loaded with chemicals and opt for products that have more natural ingredients. Make sure to always take a bath with warm water as excessively hot water can damage your skin. Furthermore, moisturize your skin to keep it from becoming dry and flaky.  Wear clothes made of materials that don’t irritate the skin, and if you feel itchy, try washing that area of skin with cold water instead of scratching it.