Is there someone you know that seems to look years younger than they actually are? Does their skin always have a certain glow? Always trying to get up the courage to ask what their secret is? Well, look no further!
Although there is a portion that can be attributed to genetics, another big part of what makes our skin healthy is how we care for it – from the inside out. Here are some tips from real dermatologists that will not only improve the look of your skin, but also your overall health!
Lather on the sunscreen.
Even if you aren’t going to be outside in direct sun, it’s good to get into the habit of putting sunscreen on your face and neck every morning. UV rays damage skin cells and cause early aging, therefore sunscreen is one of the best ways to keep your skin looking youthful down the road.
Fill up on fat!
We know that fat has been the enemy for a long time, but in reality eating a moderate amount of healthy fats every day does wonders for your skin. The essential fatty acids in almonds, fatty fish (such as salmon or tuna), coconut oil, and avocados help to build strong cell membranes. They are essential in reducing inflammation and dryness, while at the same time keeping skin plump and younger-looking. Try this True Lime Avocado Pineapple-Mint Smoothie for breakfast, or a Salmon & Spring Lettuce Salad for lunch. Looking good can be pretty delicious!
Stress creates issues all over the body, and skin is no exception. It causes spikes in certain hormones that lead to breakouts, so figuring out a way to relax more often is an unusual way to acquire healthier skin! Turn off the phone for an evening, and take a long bath. Taking a little extra time to chill goes a really long way.
Choose a cleanser that isn’t too abrasive – sometimes ones that contain harsh exfoliants can do more damage than good, and dry out your skin. Use a gentle cleanser and leave the exfoliation and face masks to just once a week, or every other week if you generally have dry skin. Remember to pat your face dry with a soft towel, never wipe as it can damage those delicate cells!
Create a bedtime routine.
Many people have trouble getting into the habit of washing their face or removing makeup before bedtime. Washing off the daily dirt and grime that accumulates on your face just makes good sense. If you have difficulty doing this, Burt’s Bees makes a wonderful line of cleansing wipes to get you started.
Cut the sodium.
Too much added salt in your diet can lead to inflammation and swelling – neither of which are good when it comes to the health of your skin. There are better alternatives for seasoning your food, and it doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice flavor. Don’t punish your skin, or your heart health any longer!
While we’re at it… cut the sugar too!
Consuming high amounts of sugar damages collagen, which is the main structural protein in cells that keeps your skin firm and smooth. Don’t worry, we have plenty of great tips for cutting back on your sugar intake.
Sip on green tea.
Not only is it super tasty (especially with a packet of True Lemon), but it can help prevent the breakdown of collagen. Green tea has also been shown to act like a kind of internal sunscreen, which is an added bonus of protection.
Adding a few of these steps into your health routine will go a long way for turning back the years, on the inside and out!