Skin Care Simplified: 8 Things You Can Do Today to Improve Your Skin Health

Serious Skin Care 101 with Rob Hardwicke, President and Product Master at Awakening Mineral Therapies.

Hey there, and welcome to another edition of Serious Skin Care 101 with yours truly, Rob – Product Master at Awakening Mineral Therapies for Healthy Skin. Today I’d like to discuss some easy things you can do to improve your skin health RIGHT AWAY. There are a lot of skin care products on the market these days that are targeted to particular skin problems, certain age groups, and even consumer niches (Organic, Ayurvedic, Biodyamic, Homeopathic…). Each of these approaches brings something new (and in many cases, something valuable) to the arena of skin care. But no matter what your age, sex, geographical region, or skin problem, there are some basic things you should be doing every day that will contribute to better skin health in the long term. In fact, without these basics, it is unlikely that the products you choose for your specific skin needs will have their full effect. The skin — your body’s largest organ — is but one component of human health, and as such, it does not exist in a vacuum. Stay healthy in general, and you’ll have healthier skin – there’s no two ways about it!

Read on for a list of 8 simple things you can do to improve your skin health right away. The key is getting going right now, and doing these things every day. Ready? Okay, we’re off to see the Skin Wizard.

1. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate

Our mantra here at Awakening is “Hydrate & Heal.” The reason for this is that without proper hydration, your skin cannot flourish — let alone heal properly when it’s attacked by direct injury or by the all-pervasive oxidizing junk that’s in the air. For example, did you know that eczema sufferers get more relief from keeping their skin hydrated than from any single other component of treatment? This is remarkable, considering that eczema is one of the more difficult skin problems to manage, with a multi-billion dollar industry surrounding it.

Hydration for skin health consists of two things, essentially: First, drink lots of water. We all know how good this is for our health. Skin is no exception. The proper functioning of skin relies first and foremost on hydration. One easy way to see if you’re dehydrated is to pinch the skin on the back of your hand. It should snap right back into place. If it doesn’t, you may be dehydrated. You should drink half your body weight in ounces each day. So if you weigh 150 pounds, that means you should be drinking 75 ounces, or about 10 eight-ounce glasses per day. Frankly, I think this rule-of-thumb is a bit excessive; I’ve found that 8 glasses each day is a challenge. But when I actually do it over several days running, I can’t help but note that my skin is better (even though my bladder may be asking ‘what the heck is going on here?’!

The next step is using the right skin care products to keep your skin hydrated. The trick is to feed your skin cells the right nutrients for hydration. At Awakening Skin Care, that means pure, concentrated Dead Sea potassium, which is one-half of our signature Mineral Hydration Factor™ formula (the other half is the healing mineral, magnesium). Potassium is one of the building blocks of human life. Specifically, it is the mineral responsible for the regulation of hydration levels in all the cells of the body. By feeding your skin cells the very ingredients it needs to stay hydrated, rather than just coating the skin with an oil-based formula, your skin will not only feel better, it will stay healthy over the long-term. Simply switching to a Dead Sea mineral skin cream can have an enormous impact on the health of your skin, practically overnight.

2. Get Enough Rest

If you don’t sleep right, you can’t stay healthy. And as I mentioned above, good skin health is not really possible without good health in general. When you sleep, your body goes through an intricate, delicate process of regeneration and rejuvenation. During “Stage 2” or “Delta sleep,” —which accounts for about 35% of your nightly slumber—hormone activity reaches its peak so that skin cell repair can occur. Proper cell repair equals skin longevity and youthfulness.

During sleep, the body also works at destroying free radicals, those insidious chemical compounds that are directly related to premature aging, cancer, and other diseases. This is largely thanks to the airborne ‘crud’ that I mentioned earlier. Further, studies have shown that lack of sleep results in higher levels of stress hormones like cortisol that make you age faster and make you more susceptible to high blood pressure—a major contributing factor to premature aging. Simply put, if you don’t sleep enough, you age faster. And the skin is the place in your body where aging shows most clearly.

Unfortunately, “Get more sleep” is more easily said than done. We’re all so busy being busy these days that we tend to relegate proper sleep to (at best) weekends and vacations. And when we actually DO have the time for sleep, many of us are so wound up that we can’t fall asleep. If this sounds familiar, don’t fret: There are some easy things you can do right away to start sleeping better. Here are 5 things you can do TONIGHT to help you get to sleep more easily:

  • No caffeine after noon (I know, that can be a toughie, but you’ll thank yourself at bedtime!)
  • Don’t eat after 7PM. Full belly = poor sleep. You need at least 4 hours to fully digest before bed.
  • Make a list of all the things that are on your mind before you go to bed. Things that you have to do tomorrow, things that are bugging you—whatever. Just writing this stuff down and knowing it’s in a place where you can refer back to it easily will help you “let go” of it. And there’s nothing like letting go to help you sleep.
  • Make sure your room is nice and dark.
  • If you are easily awakened by noise, try a “background noise.” Studies have shown that a soft, constant background noise of some kind (a fan, a CD set to play ocean or river sounds over and over again) helps enormously to keep OTHER noises from waking you.

3. Relax

Again, “Easier said than done,” right? Well, maybe just a little bit. Relaxing does not require extensive transcendental meditation in some rarefied place of calm. Relaxing is mostly about finding something you really love to do, and DOING it, every day. A half-hour walk someplace pleasant, an easy bike ride, knitting, solitaire, a cup of herbal tea with a friend: all of these, if done regularly, can bring a great deal of positive, relaxing energy into your life. (But don’t get me wrong: I’m not seeking to ‘dis’ anyone who is into transcendental meditation! Far from it. I aim to get in at least 20 minutes of my own flavor of meditative respite each day with a meditative discipline called ‘centering prayer.’ Thomas Keating, a Cistercian monk, is the authority on this, and I’d absolutely recommend this process for vacuuming up the junk of everyday life each morning and/or evening.)

Now, what exactly does relaxing have to do with skin health? A lot, as it turns out. Most of us are bombarding our systems with stress hormones at a level that we were never meant to experience. Between lack of sleep, stressful jobs and schedules, and caffeine (thank you, Starbucks and Red Bull!), our bodies never get a break. The constant presence of hormones that were really only meant to be there in brief, intense doses (like, when you ran into a saber-tooth tiger) ages our bodies – and therefore, our skin – much more quickly than normal. Moral of the story? Relax!

4. Exercise

The benefits of regular exercise on skin health are enormous. First of all, exercise dilates capillaries, thereby increasing circulation to your skin cells (parenthetically, so does the concentrated level of natural magnesium that we formulate into Awakening’s Dead Sea mineral foot balm – which is a delightful way to refresh those tired dogs after a run or bike ride). This means higher levels of oxygen and other nutrients being delivered to your skin. Additionally, exercise sets the stage for optimal collagen production. Collagen is the substance responsible for keeping your skin youthful and wrinkle-free. And if you suffer from acne (either teen or adult), you may be thrilled to discover that exercise, as a major stress-reducer, will help to balance the production of hormones related to testosterone, such as DHT and DHEA. Less stress equals clearer skin for most acne sufferers.

5. Don’t Use Harsh, Chemical Soaps and Skin Care Products

Recently I wrote about the 12 Worst Skin Care Ingredients on the market. This article will give you some detailed information about what to avoid. But beyond these “really really questionable” ingredients, it is important to avoid the cycle of over-washing with harsh soaps that dry your skin, followed by “moisturizing” lotions that are anything but moisturizing. Your average deodorant soap (and even some non-deodorant soaps) is full of stuff that should NEVER touch your skin. Unfortunately, many people associate that feeling of being “squeaky clean” with true cleanliness, which is not the case.

Gentle, natural soaps followed by a hydrating mineral skin cream are all most people will ever need to use on their skin. (But never, ever use products containing “mineral oil.” This is one of the greatest marketing scams in the history of skin care. Mineral oil is actually a petroleum product that has no beneficial mineral content whatsoever.)

6. Eat well and get the proper nutrients

At this late date, it goes without saying that a diet high in fat, processed foods, sugar, and refined carbs is bad news. The U.S. is currently experiencing an epidemic of diabetes and other diet-related diseases that are entirely preventable. So what does eating well mean for your skin? Put simply, the skin is the body’s first defense against the elements, and if you’re not healthy, your skin can’t be healthy either.

Of course, high-quality mineral skin care products will enhance and beautify your healthy skin, and in many cases will improve difficult skin problems like eczema or acne. But proper nutrition, including a diet with adequate antioxidant vitamins like A, C, E and the B vitamin Biotin, will do more for your long term skin health than any skin care products on the market (including ours!). If you’re not already taking a good multi-vitamin/multi-mineral supplement, you should start ASAP. Much of what your skin needs can be found in a good supplement. Look for the vitamins listed above, plus a mineral complex including magnesium, potassium, and calcium.

7. Avoid Over-exposure to the Sun

The main factor in skin aging is oxidation. Ever see a rusty old car? Well, that’s oxidation at work, and something pretty similar happens to your skin, only it’s not water that causes it, but sun exposure (and certain harsh skin care treatment ingredients, like benzoyl peroxide).

Now, some level of oxidation is both normal and inevitable, but excessive exposure to the sun oxidizes skin at an alarming rate. So if you’re interested in long-term skin health and youthful, wrinkle-free skin into your 70s (and with regard to my own Mom, into your 100’s!), get out of the sun NOW (or at least use an SPF 15 or higher sunblock every day). Complement your skin care regimen with the daily use of a good mineral skin cream, and you’ve got half the battle won. You may not end up with a tropical tan, but you’ll be the envy of your peers years from now!

8. Stop Smoking

In case you haven’t heard, smoking causes wrinkles — even before it decides to kill you.

Huh? Yeah, you read correctly. “Smoker’s face” is actually a legitimate medical term these days! If you smoke, stop NOW. Cigarette smoking limits skin regeneration by constricting blood vessels in the skin. Basically, constricted blood vessels mean that there isn’t enough oxygen getting to your skin cells, and that the natural process of flushing out wasted products and dead skin cells is hindered. These are of course the facts of skin aging, and as you move into your late 60s, the natural process of aging means that skin function slows down, along with everything else. But hey—if you’re really gung-ho about looking old sooner, then just keep smoking, and you’ll be looking like an octogenarian in no time!

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2 Responses to “Skin Care Simplified: 8 Things You Can Do Today to Improve Your Skin Health”

  1. Magnesium is one of those super-safe minerals that you can take without fear of build up or side effects. There are people who shouldn't take magnesium – those with bowel blockage, heart block, on dialysis, or myasthenia gravis.

  2. Magnesium is one of those super-safe minerals that you can take without fear of build up or side effects. There are people who shouldn't take magnesium – those with bowel blockage, heart block, on dialysis, or myasthenia gravis.