In this golden age of self-care and wellness, taking care of your health has never felt so luxurious. With a plethora of fitness studios, healthy eating options, and phone apps to keep your health goals on track, it’s easier than ever to prioritize your well-being, even with the busiest of schedules.
In addition to feeling happier and getting sick less often, leading a healthy lifestyle has the benefit of promoting healthy skin. A few simple lifestyle changes means that not only will your body feel better, but you can also enhance your natural beauty.
Looking to make the most of your skin care? Here are some health and skin care tips to make your skin radiant, while having a positive effect on your overall health and mood.
You know how you get that healthy glow after a workout? Since exercise kicks circulation into high gear, the increased blood flow will carry essential nutrients and oxygen to skin cells throughout the body and give you those rosy cheeks long after that spin class is over. To get the most out of your exercise, wear loose fitting clothing to avoid chafing and always wear sunblock if exercising outdoors. So sign up for that gym membership. Your skin will thank you.
It’s no secret that being under stress wreaks havoc on the body. Stress hormones like cortisol can stimulate the overproduction of oil, which in turn can lead to acne or exacerbate symptoms of psoriasis, rosacea, and eczema. Practicing self-care can help reduce that stress and promote healthy skin instead. Some tips for reducing stress include meditation, yoga, proper sleep and nutrition, and social activities.
Drink More Tea
Put down the sugary drinks and overpriced lattes, and change your beverage of choice to tea instead. Tea is great for healthy skin (LINK TO “TEA IS GREAT FOR HEALTHY SKIN” POST). Tea offers a unique combination of antioxidant benefits, hydration, vitamins, and anti-inflammatory properties that have earned it a reputation as a superfood. Best of all, tea can be consumed as a drink or used topically with a variety of skin care products. TEA.L specializes in lotions and creams deeply infused with loose leaf tea, combining the hydrating and antioxidant rich benefits of tea along with high quality natural oils and extracts.
Yes, even in the dead of winter! Whenever you spend time outdoors, your skin is exposed to the sun’s rays, either directly, through clouds, or reflected off the snow. Sunblock is an effective way to enjoy your outdoor activities--from swimming to skiing--while still maintaining healthy skin. To maximize the benefits for your skin, find a sunblock with SPF 30 or higher, broad spectrum coverage (protection from UVA and UVB rays), and water resistance. You should put on sunblock before you go outside and reapply every two hours.
Get The Right Amount of Sleep
There’s a reason it’s called “beauty sleep.” Sleeping repairs skin cells and balances hydration, while a lack of sleep leads to inflammation, increases the production of the stress hormone cortisol, and exacerbates existing skin conditions. Need help getting on a regular sleep schedule? Set an alarm for the same time every morning and try to go to bed at the same time every night. Your body will gradually reset its internal clock and adapt to your new bedtime routine.
Limit Shower & Baths
There’s nothing like a long bath after a long day. But too much time soaking isn’t ideal. Showers and baths strip oils from the skin, leaving it dry and cracked. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends limiting shower or bath time to only 5 or 10 minutes, using warm rather than hot water, and applying a moisturizer immediately after toweling off (extra skin care tips: use a tea-based moisturizer and remember to pat rather than rub your skin dry!).
Eat Skin-Healthy Foods
The relationship between skin and nutrition has been well-documented. Foods that are high in sugar, alcohol, and salt content can have a number of negative effects on your skin. These can include wearing down collagen and elasticity, causing dehydration, or increasing puffiness. By contrast, omega-3 or omega-6 fatty acid foods such as salmon and nuts, “healthy fats” such as those found in avocados, and vitamins and nutrients found in other fruits and vegetables can protect against sun damage, improve healing capabilities, and keep skin moisturized. A balanced diet is one of the most effective parts of a skin care routine.
Moisturizers should be used after bathing and washing your face and hands. Use lotions or creams with natural oils to lock in moisture, and don’t neglect to give your lips a swipe of moisturizing balm. It’s best to avoid heavily scented moisturizers, which might cause irritation if you have sensitive skin. Since your skin care needs might change according to the weather and the season, use a little trial and error to determine which products will work best for you. Give yourself a little massage while you’re at it. You deserve it.
These skin care tips have benefits not only for your skin, but for your quality of life. How has your health and wellness routine affected your skin?