We continuously underestimate the power our lifestyle holds over our skin. Think about it- drink less water and our skin gets dry, eat a lot of junk and get puffy skin, stress a lot and we get acne, exercise and get the glow! While we put a lot of effort on curative skin care, there is a lack of preventive measures that we take for our skin. In order to imporve that, here are some lifestyle tips to get naturally glowing skin:
1. Make your skin glow from inside out - Remember what you put in your body is as important as what you put on your skin.
Here are several universally-recognized essentials and a few of their common sources:
• Vitamin A: Butter, eggs, and cream
• Vitamin C: Broccoli, citrus fruits and spinach
• Omega-3 fatty acids: Salmon, chia seeds and walnuts
• Biotin: Yeast, dairy and avocados
• Silica: Oats, cucumber and onions
• Vitamin K12: Broccoli, fish, and eggs
• Probiotics: Yogurt, kefir and kimchi
• Vitamin E: sunflower seeds, almonds, and spinach
2. Exercise/Yoga helps in lifting up the face, increasing blood circulation for healthy & glowing skin and reducing the toxins in the body. Exercise also helps in nourishing skin cells and keeping them vital.
Please note that if you are suffering from any dermatological conditions such as acne, rosacea, or psoriasis, you might want to talk to your dermat before hitting that track!
3. We can’t say it enough - water is your best friend. Water hydrates the skin and delivers nutrients to the skin cells. In addition to that, with the twin benefit of bringing elasticity to skin texture and replenishing skin tissue, water also helps in delaying the visibility of ageing signs like fine lines and wrinkles.
4. Don’t stress it : You are stressed — you get acne — acne gives you more stress — stress brings you more acne! What a vicious circle. Take care of your skin but don’t stress too much about it, because it is counter-productive. Stress brings a rush of a hormone called cortisol. Cortisol triggers your oil glands to produce more oil, which makes your skin oily, hence more prone to acne and other skin problems. Indulge in meditation or Yoga to relieve yourself of the stress.
5. Never ever sleep with your make-up on. Not removing makeup before going to bed has serious ill-effects on your skin. Makeup left overnight can clog your pores, blocking it from releasing sebum hence leaving your skin more prone to acne. Tip: Always wash your face before getting into the bed, and for the days when you are feeling too tired, keep makeup remover wipes by your bedside table.
6. Sleep- While we are sleeping peacefully, our growth hormones are focusing on repairing our damaged skin cells, just like the staff that restores the shopping complex at night, before the shop opens again the next day. If we don’t sleep well, our staff team of hormones does not get enough time to fix the damaged cells, hence making the damaged and dead cells accumulate on our skin, in turn making our skin look lackluster.
In addition to that, sleeping less also affects the eyes, lowering the pH level of complexion and bringing in dark circles under eyes. Know how to get your beauty sleep here - https://getyours.co/blogs/news/beauty-sleep-is-real
7. Say no to smoking- Smoking narrows the tiny blood vessels in the outermost layer of skin, which decreases blood flow and makes skin look paler. Cigarette smoking also depletes essential nutrients which helps protect and repair skin damage.
8. Pillow-case- change your pillow-case twice a week and try to opt for silk pillowcase. Silk pillowcase reduces the sleep lines and creases on the face which over time result into premature signs of ageing such as wrinkles and permanent fine lines.
Remember, precaution is better than cure.