Your skin is your body’s largest, most exposed organ. It acts as a barrier to protect your internal organs and, as a result, experiences more damage from environmental factors such as the sun, toxins, and dirt. This can often result in acne and other skin problems. Proper skin care is essential to healthy, cleaner, and clearer skin. You take good external care of your skin, with moisturizers, toners, and sunscreen; but what about from the inside? Your skin is just as susceptible to internal factors as it is to external ones, and that includes stress. Taking care of yourself can lead to dramatic results in the health of your skin.
While it is good to embrace the natural aging process, the following lifestyle changes and natural remedies can help you age gracefully and in the healthiest way possible.
- Drink more water. Oh my, you’ve heard me talk about this for everything. But it is true – water flushes toxins out of your body and this can only result in good things. Drink water when you’re thirsty for healthy hydration.
- Exercise regularly. Whatever that is for you. If you need to blow off steam, go for a run or try power yoga. If you are stressed over the top, take a walk or do some gentle yoga.
- Don’t smoke! Smoking increases wrinkles and increases the aging process.
- Reduce sugar intake. Sugar is a cause of inflammation in the body and very toxic to your internal organs, which all affects your skin.
- Lower stress. Stress is everywhere these days and it seems everyone I talk with comments about their level of stress. Stress is highly inflammatory in the body, causes digestive issues such as constipation, diarrhea, and poor nutrient absorption, heart and blood issues. Reduce stress with exercise, relaxing bath, time with friends, essential oils in a diffuser, or writing in a journal.
- Eat more protein. Eating the amount of protein your body needs will help with food cravings, building muscle mass and improve skin health.
- Eat less salt. Salt can cause puffiness in the skin and bloat.
- Wear sunscreen. Protect your skin from UV rays.
- Control alcohol consumption. I love a glass of wine in a pretty glass. It is a time for me to end my day and relax with a puzzle, chat with my hubby or watch TV. BUT, too much alcohol is dehydrating, causing the skin to become wrinkly.
- Wash your face before bed. I know how tempting it is to come home after a night out with friends and want to plop into bed. Wash your face first to remove all the dirt from the day and any makeup. This is a big deal for clean and healthy skin.
- Get a good night’s sleep. Yes indeedy. Your skin needs sufficient rest to rejuvenate and to prevent dark circles under your eyes. Sleep long enough to feel rested and alert in the morning.
If you have questions, please contact me asap. Let’s get started!