The gym addict’s guide to healthy skin
You may be thinking “What does healthy skin have to do with getting ripped and huge at the gym?” Actually, a lot more than you think. What’s the point of getting ripped and big if your skin looks nasty? You have to understand that people do judge a book by its cover.
You may be big, but if your skin has blotches, looks uneven or, worse yet, you’re suffering from acne, the impression you make with your body is not going to be all that good. Let’s put it this way. You could be impressing a lot of people by the fact that you’re big.
They can tell that you’ve put in the time and sacrifice to achieve that size. But whatever respect and admiration you would get completely goes down the drain because you have nasty skin. You have to take good care of yourself across the board.
I’m not just talking about your skin. I’m also talking about your mindset and your daily habits. By adopting a healthier holistic approach to weight lifting, you always put your best foot forward. You will be able to make the right impression all day, everyday.
This article guides you through a natural and low impact approach to healthier skin.
Your skin is your body’s largest organ
Keep this in mind. A lot of people think that the heart is the most important organ. Others say it’s the brain. But when it comes to the impression you make in the eyes of other people, you can’t ignore your skin.
You really can’t overlook this organ but for the simple fact that it’s so huge. It is your largest organ. It creates oil, it helps regulate your body temperature as well as your fluids. It is your first line of defense against infection from the outside world.
It is also the first thing people see. So it’s a good idea to invest in a holistic approach to keeping this large organ healthy.
Your skin requires a holistic treatment to look amazing
Maybe you have dry skin right now. Maybe there’s certain parts of your skin that have different tone. If you’re like a lot of people, maybe your skin is a little bit on the oily side.
Whatever skin issues you may be suffering from, keep in mind that if you take a holistic approach instead of just buying one product after the other, your skin will not only look amazing but stay that way.
Fact: Your skin has a built in repair system
Since you were born, your skin has an amazing self repair system. This organ of yours has a natural cycle of pushing out and getting rid of dead skin cells. Once that’s done, it releases liquids and secretions to moisturize itself while at the same time healing the lower levels of your skin and the whole process repeats itself over and over again.
This is the reason why baby skin is so soft and supple. Their skin is operating at peak performance. The problem is once you get older and as you encounter stress, your skin gets thrown off its natural healing cycle.
This makes you more likely to break out in zits. Your skin might get really dry. This is when blemishes appear and your skin starts developing an uneven tone. The good news is that none of this is permanent. You don’t have to take any of this lying down.
Adopt a skincare routine
The first thing that you need to do to get on the road to amazing looking skin is to decide to work with your body. That’s the bottom line. Your body is already working to repair its skin. You just have to move it along.
The best way to do this is not to get in the way. How? Make sure you apply the right moisturizer, lotion and exfoliants to your skin. This works with your skin as it pushes out dead skin layers and repairs itself.
By applying skin vitamin lotions loaded with aloe vera and vitamin C, you work with your skin and supplement its self repair capabilities.
Always make sure your dermatologist is part of your overall annual physical check up
A lot of guys are under the impression that they only need to see a dermatologist when they have a nasty skin rash or they develop a bad case of pimples. When you do that, you’re a day late and a buck short.
It’s like calling the fire department in your city right before your house burns down. You have to be more proactive when it comes to healthier skin. A lot of the skin problems that you see only appear when it’s too late. The damage is already done.
By always keeping in touch with your dermatologist and getting guidance from them as far as your skin health goes, you will be able to not only treat your current skin issues but prevent future ones from appearing.
Switch to a healthier skin boosting diet
Believe it or not, there is such a thing as a healthy skin diet. By switching to a low carb high fat diet, you will be able to enjoy softer and younger looking skin. How come?
When you eat a lot of carbs like rice, white bread, pasta and other starchy foods, the carbs in your system draw a lot of water. When your blood vessels, skin cells and all other body cells are loaded with water, your body becomes inflamed.
This leads to high blood pressure, nerve numbing or even damage and bad skin. By increasing your fat intake and reducing carbs to a few grams per day, you actually start eating more fats that help replenish your skin and kick start its internal healing mechanism.
This doesn’t mean that you have to skip out on vitamin C, which is very important for cellular repair. There are other keto-friendly sources of vitamin C. Loading up on salads can help you get your daily dose of vitamin C.
Use non-surgical and low impact skin remedies
As much as possible, avoid products that have harsh non-natural and non-organic ingredients. Instead, use lemon facial peels to exfoliate. You can also use a natural loofa. You can also use apple cider vinegar as a topical treatment to help clean your skin.
A key part of this non-surgical low impact approach to skin issues involves your treatment of ingrown hair. Many guys are quite hairy and they develop ingrown hair or at the very least, their hair follicles are irritated.
This can lead to all sorts of problems. Irritated hair follicles can produce acne. They can also lead to skin infections. They are bad news, to say the least. The good news is you can use a wide range of mellow organic remedies like medicated talcum powder, rose hip oil and eye rollers with vitamin D.
You can also minimize the stress on your hair follicles by using clean towels every time you work out. Finally, if you need to use a stronger non-organic product, look for skin treatments that include glycolic or salicylic acid.
The final word
By being more proactive about the health of your skin, you can go a long way in presenting the body that you worked so hard for in the gym in the very best way possible. Make no mistake. People will judge you based on the appearance of your skin.
Don’t give them that satisfaction. There is a lot you can do to achieve healthier and more radiant skin.