Want to achieve young-looking, healthy skin? The solution may not be skin-deep.
One of the biggest misconceptions in achieving healthy skin is that it involves just that – taking care of the skin. Applying all sorts of balms and oils in an attempt to obtain the desirable results. While all these may truly benefit the skin, getting longer lasting effects may take more than just that.
The truth is, healthy, young-looking, and clear skin is the result of not only good cosmetics but a healthy body. The whole process of achieving it requires taking care of yourself from head to toe and inside out. Think of the skin as an outward indicator of your body’s overall wellness. How well you are on the inside will reflect on the outside. Simply put, great skin is the result of a healthy lifestyle.
Glowing, youthful, and beautiful skin is possible at any age – and the sooner you start fostering healthier skin habits, the better your skin’s appearance will be when you’re older. Start your lifelong commitment to healthy skin with these skin-loving practices:
- Get adequate amounts of sleep. For adults, a good range for sleep is between six to eight hours. Anything less or more than that can result in dry, or puffy skin. Sleep is your body’s chance to heal itself. When you don’t get enough of it, your entire body – not just your skin – loses the opportunity to rejuvenate thus resulting in a number of ill effects to the body.
- Eat healthily. Consume a diet rich in green leafy vegetables and Vitamin C rich food. Your skin also needs a good dose of Vitamins A and E from food sources and supplements, and Vitamin D that your skin creates with healthy amounts of sun exposure.
- Exercise (or just sweat a lot). Have you ever taken a selfie post-workout? Did you notice how much clearer and brighter your skin seems after a good workout session? This is because sweating helps our skin ‘breathe’ and rids it of impurities, excess salts, trapped dirt, and toxins. Exercise not only allows your skin to burn some extra calories but helps your skin get that healthy glow.
- Dry skin is itchy, blotchy, patchy and flaky. It does not look good without makeup, and it looks even worse with makeup on. Keep your skin plump and hydrated by moisturizing regularly. Switch moisturizers between seasons to help your skin to adjust to the weather.
- Drink lots of water, but don’t overdo it. Ditch the sodas, sugary drinks, and even coffee! The Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences determined that an adequate intake (AI) for men is roughly about 13 cups (3 liters) of total beverages a day. The AI for women is about 9 cups (2.2 liters) of total beverages a day, but this fluid intake is different for everyone, and depends on region where the person lives, body mass, season or time of the year and level of exercise. Water is your body’s principal chemical component and makes up about 60 percent of your body weight. Every system in your body depends on water. Water flushes toxins out of vital organs, carries nutrients to your cells, and provides a moist environment for ear, nose and throat tissues. Lack of water can lead to dehydration, which makes your skin look older than it really is.
- Protect your skin from the sun. The sun’s harmful UV rays are one of the skin’s greatest enemies. You don’t even have to bake in the sun for the sun to damage it. It takes as little as five minutes of sun exposure to damage your skin. That is why it is important to apply sunscreen multiple times a day even on gloomy and wintry days.
- Rid yourself of stress. Stress is one of the most common causes of declining health in most people. It manifests physically – from chronic headaches to asthma to fatigue to – yes, dry, unhealthy skin. Meditate, relax, practice yoga, laugh a lot – rid yourself of stress healthily and it will dramatically show on your face.
And of course, healthy, youthful-looking skin requires proper hygiene. You don’t need to lose tens of thousands of pounds in doctor visits and aesthetician appointments. Take care of your body and your body will take better care of you! Start your skin wellness journey today!