The lifestyle choices that we make play a large role in all aspects of our life, whether it would be our overall health, mental or physical wellbeing. The choices that we make can have long-term effects on our bodies both internally and externally. To look and feel good on the outside, it’s important to make a conscious effort to look after your insides. We often rely on makeup and skincare products to make our skin ‘look’ healthy but it’s just as important to make healthy diet and lifestyle decisions. These decisions will impact how clear, radiant and healthy your skin will be.
To ensure healthy skin, you might have to sacrifice some nasty habits and make some healthy diet and lifestyle adjustments. Diet and exercise have such a large impact on your skin’s overall health. The foods you eat don’t just stop at keeping your body lean and healthy, they matter to your skin as much as your waistline.
Here are 6 diet and lifestyle tips you can use to make sure your skin is always looking and feeling healthy and glowing.
Eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, lean proteins and whole grains will help maintain and protect healthy skin. Try to avoid or reduce the consumption of processed carbohydrates and unhealthy fats as these can irritate skin, clog pores and cause acne. Stick to foods rich in antioxidants such as vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin E.
Get Your Healthy Fats
It’s essential to ensure you are consuming enough fatty acids in your diet. Healthy fats have tremendous positive affects on your skin, they help to moisturise and plump up skin making the appearance more healthy and youthful. Avocados, olive and coconut oil, nuts and seeds are all sources of healthy fats and will help to nourish your skin from the inside out.
Exercise promotes blood flow and circulation, which transports nutrients to the skin and helps to keep cells vital. Cardio training helps to flush out toxins from the body all the while still feeding minerals and nutrients to the cells. Strength training, including yoga and pilates expand your movement and flexibility as well as increasing your circulation to your skin cells, which will radiate on your face. Celebrity trainer, Jess Schuring told Cosmopolitan that regular exercising, regardless on the age you start will have almost-immediate positive effects on your skins thickness and elasticity.
Meditation releases energy into your body to create a feeling of calmness and relaxation.
This is known as prana, it helps to repair your body’s tissues and cells giving
your skin a fresh and youthful glow. Focusing on mindful breathing also has
great benefits, particularly to boost cellular health. Meditation also
increases the amount of serotonin your brain produces, which will improve your
mood and make you feel great.
Smoking restricts the flow of blood to the surface of the face through narrowing the tiny
blood vessels in the skin. As a result this reduces the supply of oxygen and
nutrients, and also damages the levels of elastin and collagen that give the
skin its elasticity and strength.
Detoxify your Liver
If your liver is burdened with contaminants and other substances, it can affect many processes in your body particularly the health of your skin. Gently detoxing your liver by drinking lemon water and avoiding alcohol and caffeine will help reduce and avoid the amount of toxins and chemicals affecting your body. Stay hydrated with water instead of coffee, tea or soda, as water will flush out your system for a fresh, healthy complexion.
By Mikayla Tabone