3 Practical Tips For Healthy Skin!
Naturally, the starting point for good skin is by improving your lifestyle and thinking of practical steps you can take.
The skin is the largest organ in the body, which weighs around 5kg for the average adult, and it is a remarkably complex one. Its job is to protect you from the outside world. But in the quest to protect, it also acts as a soldier on the front line as it is exposed to damage and diseases from the outside. Not only does the skin defend the insides but it also reflects the state of your health and wellbeing. If your skin is looking great then your insides are probably in a good state too, but if your insides aren’t in a good state it will show up on your skin.
Here are our top 3 practical tips to keep your skin health in check.
1. Eating Well
a. Antioxidant-Rich Foods
Antioxidants fight off free radicals that are responsible for damage caused by oxidation. There are two ways to ensure an adequate supply of antioxidants: the first one is to consume them and the second is to apply them topically. It’s not enough to use antioxidant-rich beauty products and not eat enough antioxidant-rich foods. Eat a rainbow variety of fruits and vegetables.
Here are some antioxidant goodies you can look out for:
- Red fruits and vegetables usually contain Lycopene e.g. tomatoes.
- Orange fruits and vegetables usually contain beta carotene e.g. carrots and sweet potatoes
- Dark Leafy greens and yellow vegetables contain lutein
- Citrus fruits and dark fruits are usually high in Vitamin C
b. Essential Fats
Essential fats improve our immune system, help balance out hormones, reduce inflammation, and maintain water balance.
Include lots of essential fat-rich foods in your diet such as nuts, seeds and their oils. The modern western diet tends to lack an adequate amount of omega 3 fats found in fish and flaxseed oils.
At the same time, it’s important to avoid bad food choices such as sugary foods and unhealthy fats as it will really affect the appearance of your skin by causing inflammatory conditions such as eczema and acne.
2. Keeping Hydrated
To maintain an adequate amount of moisture in the skin you have to make sure you drink enough. Water is an important component of healthy, plumped up, smooth and clear skin as it holds the cell walls up and removes toxins from the body. Moisture is constantly being lost and therefore needs constant replacing.
Drink pure water. Coffees and teas are not the best sources of hydration due to caffeine being a diuretic. If you’re not a fan of water, try herbal or fruit teas.
3. Managing Stress
When your body deals with stress it releases the hormone cortisone which helps the body prepare to encounter a threat. Most of the time, modern-day stress does not require this response. Cortisone increases heart rate, blood glucose and temporarily shuts down the body systems, not in use. This extreme reaction causes havoc to the skin by causing breakouts, sensitivities and other skin issues. It’s really important to take steps to reduce stress. Try practising mindfulness for self-awareness and inner calmness, get adequate sleep as lack of sleep increases stress, exercise regularly, and make time for enjoyable activities that are relaxing.
So don’t forget that If you want beautiful healthy skin, then you need to also take care of yourself internally. If you’re internally happy then your skin will show up happy too. Let us know how your internal skincare journey is going.
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