Your skin is a great sign to tell how old your are, your stress levels, if you’re tired, if you’re sleeping properly or if you haven’t been eating right. When meeting new people, new skin is important as it can give you a great boost in confidence, just like a new suit or an elegant dress. The skin weighs roughly six pounds and it’s the body’s largest organ. When creating new skin cells, all of the layers are involved: the epidermis, the dermis and the basal.
When studying skin at the cellular level, you will discover there are millions of skin cells being created every day, which begin from the deepest level of the skin — the basal. These skin cells have the role of dividing and creating new skin cells that are plump. They then start to go up the layers of the skin, boosting collagen, which is essential for the skin’s elasticity, regeneration and cohesion, but also for hair, bone and joint health. But if your system doesn’t have the amino acids needed for collagen production, the body can’t produce enough of it. Skin cells are in a constant state of growing, living and dying, making way for new skin cells. The process is sustained by a mix of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, hydration and oxygen.
The skin cells need to be properly fed in order to support formation. The NIH (National Institute of Health) says that healthy skin cell development is strongly dependent on a healthy diet and must include vitamins A, C, D, E, K, B-vitamins; especially niacin. To help produce healthy skin cells naturally, your diet must also include zinc, copper and selenium, which can be found in lean meats, fish, poultry, fruits, vegetables, legumes, whole grains and nuts. If you can’t keep a track of what foods you eat, then choose a multivitamin supplement that ensures you get your recommended dietary allowance. As we’ve said, hydration is also important, so make sure you drink 8 to 10 glasses each day to secure the plumpness of skin cells. Making healthier diet choices comes in support of your blood vessels and ensures your support new skin cells growth.
The top layer of the skin may be the most important, as it’s the one people notice. The epidermis is made up of keratin – a protein made from dead skin cells. The role of these skin cells is to shield the skin against injury, infection or sun damage. If not removed, these dead skin cells start creating layers, giving the skin an uneven, dark tone. Exfoliating facilitates new skin cells rising to the surface, as it scrubs away dead skin cells, unclogs pores and stimulates new cell production. Natural exfoliants are easy to get a hold of, all that’s required being an abrasive action against the skin. Popular choices are oatmeal, sugar, salt, baking soda mixed with coffee grounds or even chopped nuts. It’s recommended you use other natural skin healers in conjunction with these abrasives. Popular choices are honey, lemon juice, egg whites or tomatoes. You can try various combinations depending on the ingredients you have around the kitchen, or search for homemade recipes on the internet.
It’s best to sleep for 8 hours every night, but most of us don’t get that long. However, sleeping for at least seven hours help the skin rejuvenate and repair itself, facilitating the formation of new skin cells. The immune system is directly affected by sleep deprivation, which can cause serious skin problems. The most important thing you can do for your skin is getting enough sleep.