Healthy skin requires a healthy lifestyle
Healthy skin is not only an indicator of beauty, but it also tells us about our overall health. Our skin is affected by so many factors, including internal as well as external. Improper diet and poor lifestyle can cause some serious harm to our skin.
To achieve healthy skin, a healthy lifestyle is what you need. This doesn't mean that you need some fancy and expensive products and tools. By making a few simple changes in your daily life routine, you can improve your skin health.
The most important thing in achieving healthy skin is a well-balanced meal pattern. In today's world, our exposure to greasy and oily food has increased significantly, which has affected our overall health. Excessive refined carbohydrates and sugar intake can disturb our gut health. If our gut is not working properly, it also reflects on our face. Fruits and vegetables are rich in antioxidants which protect our skin from free radical damage and slow down the aging process. Our meals should be well balanced, including every food group, to achieve optimal health.
Our environment also has a substantial impact on our skin. Excessive exposure to sunlight affects our skin badly. UV rays coming directly from the sun rupture our skin barrier and may cause damage to the skin. Prolonged exposure to sunlight may also cause skin cancer. Environmental pollutants and dirt also have damaging effects on our skin. To prevent damage, a proper skincare routine is necessary. A good cleanser followed by a hydrating moisturizer and sunscreen is all you need. If you are not doing anything fancy but following this routine religiously, you will see a visible difference.
Our sleeping habits are also critical to our skin health. If we have disturbed sleep and are habitual of sleeping late at night, it can also affect our skin such as causing dark circles and fine lines. Inadequate sleep also increases the process of skin aging. Taking a sound sleep of 7-8 hours is necessary.
Keeping yourself hydrated is also a key to overall good health. The human body needs a regular water intake to perform various body functions. To keep skin hydrated, you must use moisturizers with good ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, glycerine, etc. Try to avoid prolonged hot water baths. Avoid the use of fragrance and denatured alcohol in your products.
Stress is another culprit in damaging your skin. It can be the reason for many skin conditions, such as psoriasis, redness, and acne. Excessive release of stress hormones such as cortisol is indirectly linked with activating pro-inflammatory skin cells. Research has shown that meditation can reduce the production of cortisol and positively impact our skin health.
Everyone's skin is different. First, we must understand our skin type and see what works best for us. Following impractical beauty trends blindly can cost you more damage. Always buy products according to your skin type. Purchase only clean and non-toxic skincare products. Avoid iffy ingredients in your products by reading the labels before making any purchase. Nothing works magically on your skin. Be consistent with your routine other than finding shortcuts, which will help you achieve good skin in the long run.
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