More often than not, the flaws and imperfections on the surface of our skin are a reflection of something not being quite right on the inside. Stress, unhealthy lifestyle, lack of dedication to the inner well-being, these are just some of the things a modern day person is guilty of, and we can’t hide it – it’s written all over our faces. So, just like you wouldn’t rub lotion on your chest in an attempt to eradicate a heart problem, the solution to any skin issue is not to be found in countless expensive beauty and skincare products.
As Al Sears, M.D. says, the secret to glowing, supple skin that turns heads wherever you go isn’t at the bottom of some expensive cream or prescription lotion tube. In fact, it has absolutely nothing to do with what you put on the outside. So, today, we are making it our goal to broaden your mind and inspire you to go back to basics, teach you how to treat your body right and it will show its gratitude with radiance that you so long for, so let’s begin your journey today.
Say goodbye to bad habits
Smoking and drinking have no place in your life, as their damaging effects have been proven a long time ago. This isn’t only about skin; this is about your health and lifespan as well. However, as our main subject today is skin, let’s take a minute and explore the “lovely” side effects of smoking.
Nicotine reduces elasticity and narrows blood vessels, which prevents oxygen and nutrients from arriving at the capillaries in the dermis, resulting in premature wrinkles and sagging skin. Alcohol dehydrates the skin, causing it to look shriveled and dull, especially if the drink contains additional ingredients such as sugar, which can cause or aggravate acne. You want radiant skin? All bad habits must go.
In great diet lies great skin
If you’re a healthy diet neophyte, take baby steps and start with green and organic foods, e.g. vegetables and fruits. Some of the foods that have been bestowed with a name ‘superfoods’, like algae, berries, and many others are a great place to start.
We are all different, and our bodies march to the beat of their own drum; some may be gluten-sensitive, others may have dairy intolerance so a personalized plan is a great idea. However, one thing we should all do is banish foods loaded with sugar and carbs from our lives and our bodies. They are just empty calories that provide you with no real energy, and can cause inflammation, breakouts and numerous other skin issues.
Superfoods, on the other hand, are absolute magic. For instance, ginger is best known for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, tomatoes help slow down skin-aging, and artichokes contain an antioxidant that can clear blemish-prone skin. The list of benefits that come when superfoods enter your life can make for an entire book, so dive in and let them change your skin and your life.
Fight external factors
There are, unfortunately, certain factors that are beyond our control. One of them is the negative impact of UV rays. While we don’t need to adopt a twelve-step Korean skincare regimen and surround ourselves with an abundance of synthetic products, we do need a helping hand to keep our skin from harm’s way.
Luckily, there are cosmetics companies that have recognized the value of Mother Nature and are committed to providing only the best using her help. I found my personal natural oasis in Dr Hauschka Quince Day Cream that protects and hydrates my slightly dry skin. Aside from splashing my face with water in the morning, this is the only product I need and wholeheartedly recommend.
Foster what is good
Aside from a healthy diet and a life free of vices, for a healthy body, mind and skin, there is also the magic of movement. According to the trusty WebMD when you exercise, your blood flow inevitably increases, and that in turn helps nourish skin cells and keep them vital.
You can adopt any type of workout routine that suits you, but one that benefits not only the skin and the body, but also helps achieve serenity and calm is yoga in combination with meditation. Stress is a plague of the modern-day society, and yoga is here to balance your mind and body, and great skin that comes as a result is just an additional perk.
Sophia Smith is Australian based beauty and lifestyle blogger. She is very passionate about yoga, organic skincare and healthy food choices. Sophia writes mostly in beauty related topics, mainly through blogs and articles. Over the years she wrote pieces for: Eco Warrior Princess, Viva Glam Magazine, High Style Life, How to Simplify, Urban Naturale, Vegan Edition, Oh My Heartsie Girl and Carousel.