There are many products on the market that promise to fix an array of dermatological issues. These skin care products claim to have the ability to resolve everything from acne and scarring to fighting wrinkles and dark spots. Celebrities often endorse creams and lotions that give the illusion of their effectiveness. While some products actually do what they claim (usually prescription strength products), other over the counter products just smell amazing and feel good on the skin.
Instead of approaching skin maintenance from the outside, you should also look at ways to nourish your skin from the inside out. Caring for your skin will help prevent it from taking on a texture you would happily avoid (picture tired, dull, or even dry crocodile skin).
Although skin is our biggest organ, sometimes the skin is forgotten. Our skin requires a great deal of H2O to maintain regular daily functions. Water is essential for fresh and resilient skin as it flushes out toxins and delivers nutrients to skin cells that are vital for hydration. Hydrated skin means healthy and glowing skin.
Besides drinking plenty of water, there are other small steps you can take to improve the appearance of your skin. Physical activity gets blood pumping through your body causing increases in oxygen flow to your body, including your skin. Sweating helps push out impurities and cleanses the pores. Incorporate some mild to moderate exercise into your daily routine and in addition to the health benefits of exercise, it will also provide your skin with a rosy complexion. The long-term benefits of exercise include clearer and more vibrant skin.
Get your sleep too, Sleeping Beauty. The body makes necessary repairs when you’re sleeping. This includes repairs to your skin. Seven to eight hours of sleep is the recommendation for adults to give your body and your skin ample time to make the necessary repairs. Side note -- washing your face with a gentle face wash before hitting the pillow and after waking will also help ward off unwelcomed visitors on your face.
Finally, diet plays a role in nourishing your skin. Cutting down on processed foods high in sugar and salt will help in returning some of the skins’ vitality. Eating plenty of foods rich in antioxidants such as veggies and fruits will also help restore or maintain clear and healthy skin.
If you apply some or all of these tips as lifestyle changes, you will start to see improvements in your skin. Your friends might even ask what your secrets are. Remember, if you have a serious skin issue always seek out the advice of a medical doctor.
Bottom Line: Outshine even the biggest stars in Hollywood by taking time to care for your biggest organ, your skin. Staying hydrated is a key component, but exercise, sleep and proper diet also play a big part, so take time to pamper your skin and yourself. You deserve it.
Written by: Sadaf Baig, Wellness Workdays Dietetic Intern. Learn more about Wellness Workdays and our wellness program offerings by downloading our brochure.