Overall health and skin health

The skin is the largest organ in the human body. It consists of about 300 million cells and renews itself approximately every 28 days. The skin contains about 300 sweat glands per square inch.

The skin can be a good reflection of a person’s overall health. And as a consequence, many activities which are harmful to a person’s health also directly affect the health and appearance of the skin.

Smoking and skin health

Smoking is harmful to nearly every organ in the body. It has dramatic negative effects on the skin, including changes in the elastic fibres of the skin and narrowing of the blood vessels. It also reduced the vitamin A levels and moisture content of the skin. Smoking causes premature skin ageing, it delays wound healing, and causes a large number of skin disorders. In addition, smoking doubles the risk of getting a type of skin cancer called squamous cell carcinoma. Therefore, it is very important for smokers to get help in quitting and for non-smokers to avoid taking up the habit in the first place.

Exercise and skin health

Exercise has massive benefits to overall health including skin health. The increased  blood flow helps to nourish skin cells and carry away waste products. In addition, exercise helps to reduce stress levels.

Stress and skin health

Stress is very harmful to overall health and certainly affects the skin as well. Stress causes your body to produce cortisol and other hormones, which have the effect of causing sebaceous glands to produce more oil. This is turn can cause breakouts. People who are very stressed may also eat poorly and neglect to take care of their general health. Therefore, it is important to find ways of handling stress in a constructive way, in order to take care of you skin and general health.

Sleep and skin health

Sleep is a time during which the body heals, renews and eliminates toxins from the skin. Lack of sufficient sleep has been shown to cause puffiness under eyes, increased breakouts, and increased number of fine lines developing. It is important to make time to get enough sleep, in order to take care of both skin health and overall health.

The effect of the sun on skin health

The UVA rays in sunlight damage the skin, causing premature aging and increased risk of skin cancer. It is important to protect the skin with a high SPF factor sunblock when it is exposed to the sun.

A closing thought

The above guidelines can help you take care of your overall health, and as a consequence improve the health of your skin.