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Skin Magic – How Your Behaviour Affects Your Skin

Is your epidermis showing? Don’t worry, it should be. Your epidermis is the top part of your skin, and your skin is your body’s largest and fastest-growing organ. Skin is your body’s coat. It protects you. It helps you stay warm when it’s cold, and cool when it’s hot. Your skin keeps all your insides in, from your heart and lungs to your blood and muscles. And unless it’s cut or damaged, it keeps stuff out, including germs and water. You also feel things through the nerves in your skin.

While we all know that the skin is affected by several external environmental factors such as dust, UV light and germs, here’s something that is not so well known: your skin is affected by your behaviour. Several biochemical and physiological processes work from inside the body to keep the skin healthy. These processes are in turn affected by your everyday behaviour. Following are some of ways you can keep your skin healthy by modifying your behaviour.


Keeping yourself well hydrated is important to maintain good skin texture and prevent oily skin. Drinking at least 3 liters of water a day will keep your skin hydrated.


It’s hardly news that exercise is great for your heart, lungs, and mental outlook. Here’s another reason to get moving: Regular exercise is one of the keys to healthy skin. By increasing blood flow, exercise helps nourish skin cells and keep them vital.


When it comes to your beauty routine, sleep may be the closest thing there is to a fountain of youth. Your body repairs itself and recovers while you snooze, and that leads to a long list of benefits for your looks. The key is to get enough shut-eye — 7 to 9 quality hours each night.


It is important to keep smiling always. Yes, you heard it right! A stressful life can make your body produce more of the stress hormone called cortisol. Elevated levels of cortisol can lead to increased stress and inflammation in the body, hurting your skin’s quality.


While cheat meals are allowed once a week, it is important to eat healthy on other days. Eating plenty of fruits and green leafy vegetables, properly timing the meals and not skipping the meals are all very important factors that I advise my patients everyday for a fairer, younger and healthier skin.