Maintaining Healthy Skin

Perhaps not everyone will really admit it but deep inside we all want healthy, glowing skin. When a person has healthy skin, that person will look young and yes, attractive. But maintaining healthy skin is not always easy.

Sometimes our bad habits get in the way. Sometimes we fail to even take the basic steps to nurture our skin. Sometimes the kind of skin type we have makes it a challenge to maintain it well. And then our skin can battle against allergy, infection, pimples and blackheads. We then have to find means to free our skin from these. How does one stay allergy-free or pimple and blackhead-free? Thankfully, the internet can be our ally in finding resources to stay free and be relieved from these skin problems. There are helpful articles like the one here http://motivational-tips.com/beauty/how-to-get-rid-of-blackheads-around-lips/ that could help you and me get rid of blackheads from around our lips.

Less we forget, here are the basic things we can do to take better care of our skin:

Eat well. In other words, eat healthy. The reality is we do become what we eat. What we eat affects our health and yes, our skin. Fruits, vegetables and whole grains are our best friends in keeping our skin healthy. Let’s not also forget to drink well – to drink plenty of water to keep our skin hydrated.

Say no to smoking. You really should. It is best to do so not just for your skin but for your overall health. Smoking causes damage to collagen and elastin. These fibers are responsible in giving your skin strength and and elasticity. Smoking makes your skin paler and can give you more wrinkles. Be warned as well that smoking can increase your risk of skin cancer. So really, please stop smoking if you are a smoker. But if you find it hard to stop, ask help from your doctor. You can beat smoking and be a healthier version of yourself.

Get serious in protecting your skin from the sun. According to Mayo Clinic: “A lifetime of sun exposure can cause wrinkles, age spots and other skin problems — as well as increase the risk of skin cancer.” We need then to really make the effort to protect our skin from too much sun exposure. Use sunscreen whenever you will be exposed under the sun (SPF 15 or higher) an re-apply after every 2 hours. Stay away from sun exposure from 10 am to 4 pm.

Be careful in using skin products. Just because some skin products work well on your friend or a famous actress/model, don’t assume it is also good for you. Don’t be careless in just using any cream, lotion or facial wash on your skin. Make sure that your skin has no negative reaction to it.  Find out if these products are approved by the food and drug authority in your country.

Get enough sleep and rest. Sleeping well and taking the time to rest is good for your skin. Well, in fact, it is good for your overall health. Make  sure that you know how to manage stress. A stress-filled life can equal to skin problems including acne. Taking the time to rest and relax means a healthier you and yes, healthier skin.

While beauty should not only be skin-deep, it is still for our benefit to take better care of the only skin that we have in this lifetime.

4 Tips in Coping with Stress

It is inevitable. We will always have our share of stress-filled moments in life. And apparently, the older we get and the more experienced we are with life, our sources of stress or stressors seem to also level up.

While not all stress is actually bad for us, it does help to make our lives better and healthier when we know how to cope with or face stress. If our stressors seem to multiply or level up in relation to our age then I think our ways of coping with stress need to also improve, level up.

1. Your perspective matters. The way you look at stress and whatever causes it can affect how you cope. It is to your best interest then not to allow yourself to look at the stressful situation as something beyond repair or beyond solution. What you can do instead is to think of possible ways and steps on how you can face your stressor. Personally, what has been helpful for me is to remind myself that I have survived through several stressful situations in the past and surely, there is a way for me to face well this particular stressor in my life right now.

2. Focus on what you can do now. Sometimes what makes a situation or problem more stressful and energy sapping is when you constantly repeat or rehash what could have been or what should have been done so that there would have been no stressor to face now. But the reality is what has happened has indeed happened and so what you need to be focused now is what can be done. For instance, if you have found yourself deep in debt, what can be done now is just to look for possible solutions. You can reach out to a friend or a family member who is adept with finances or a financial advisor you can trust who can help you. This can also be the time to avail of debt relief services.

3. Continue to maintain a healthy lifestyle. We are able to face stress well if we have been living a healthy lifestyle: enough sleep and rest, eating well, doing regular exercise. The temptation is to cut hours in our rest and sleep in the name of productivity or failing to exercise because we do not have time for it or to eat what is just readily available, never mind if it’s overloaded with sugar, with calories. We are better “armed” to face stress if we have taken the time to take care of ourselves.

4. Find your de-stressor. You need to know what are the things that can de-stress or relax you. Perhaps it is talking to your friends or your loved ones. Perhaps it is taking the time to read the Bible and some inspirational literature. The key is doing these things that can de-stress you within the day, week or month. Take regular time to de-stress and you will actually find yourself better able to cope with stress.

Note to Self

A note to myself and to you as well 🙂

Psalm 37:3-5 The Passion Translation

Keep trusting in the Lord and do what is right in His eyes.
Fix your heart on the promises of God and you will be secure,
feasting on His faithfulness.
If you make God the utmost delight and pleasure of your life,
He will provide for you what you desire the most!
Give God the right to direct your life,
and as you trust Him along the way
you’ll find He pulled it off perfectly!

Psalm 37:3-5 New Living Translation (NLT)

Trust in the Lord and do good.
    Then you will live safely in the land and prosper.
Take delight in the Lord,
    and he will give you your heart’s desires.

Commit everything you do to the Lord.
    Trust him, and he will help you.