Did you know that by far the largest organ in your body is your skin? And not only is it the largest, it is also one of the most important in terms of the functions it performs. It therefore makes sense to take good care of it.

Look good on the outside – feel good on the inside

Whether we are meeting people face-to-face or in the ever-ubiquitous on-line world, the face we show has a big impact on the impression we make, not only on others but on ourselves too. For most people the knowledge that we are looking good, showing a clear, healthy complexion reflects on how we feel about ourselves. It’s a confidence booster. With that in mind, if you find yourselves in the area, booking an appointment with Lab Skin Clinic in Neutral Bay can work wonders for your overall sense of well-being. There’s a wide range of treatments and products to choose from to suit all ages and skin conditions. And guys, this is not just a female thing – you too will feel the benefit that a good complexion and head of hair (yes, they do hair restoration too) can do for your sense of self-esteem.

Food matters

We read a lot these days about holistic approaches to general health and well-being. One life-style choice that fits into this category is that of diet. While fad diets come and go, and some are of dubious benefit in terms of health, there is one that has been around for centuries and is of well-proven benefit. It is also one that is easy to adopt in an Australian or ‘western’ context with regard to the shopping aspect. You have probably heard of the Mediterranean diet but have you seriously considered how it can contribute to your overall health, including that of your skin, and increase the likelihood of a long and active life? And it tastes good.

Hydration

Another holistic feature of a healthy lifestyle, and one that’s as easy to accomplish as turning on a tap or unscrewing a bottle cap, is maintaining an adequate level of hydration. Your wholesome diet will provide the energy needed to engage in the kinds of physical activity that in turn contribute to higher levels of fitness. However, while you are burning off those calories in, for example, a session at the gym or hiking in the countryside, don’t forget that you’re also losing fluid that needs to be replenished. It’s not only internal organs like the kidneys that need to be well watered; the skin also gets thirsty. Also, if the activity is particularly strenuous, such as an aerobics session or game of squash, you’ll need to replenish lost electrolytes, for which a sports drink will do the trick.

Sleep well

At the end of the day, having eaten well, and worked and played well, you’ll need a good night’s sleep, without which much of the physical and mental benefit of the healthy lifestyle you’re living will be lost. In order to achieve this, avoid late-night heavy meals and if you find it difficult to nod off, there are some herbal teas, chamomile being one, that can be an effective solution.

Dealing with problemsOn a final note, it is possible that, in spite of a well-ordered lifestyle, you may nevertheless suffer from some irksome skin condition due to hereditary or environmental causes. If so, the Australian government’s Health Direct website provides a comprehensive guide on diagnosis and treatment.

By Tolbert

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