Do’s and Don’ts for Healthier Skin Care
Maintaining optimal health internally and externally can be challenging at times. With our fast paced lives and constant media telling us what’s good for us makes some of the easiest decisions more difficult than they need to be. Beauty and skin care is arguably at the top of the list. You can’t turn on the TV or read an online news article without seeing some type of advertisement for “the perfect skin care product”. So let’s try and get back to the basics. My list of “Do’s and Don’ts” can assist you in creating healthy skin from the inside out.
Keeping a healthy and balanced diet along with an appropriate fluid intake is a must. Our skin is a mirror of our own internal health.
1. Eat lots of green leafy vegetable high in antioxidants along with a moderate portion of fresh fruits and berries.
2. Protein intake is also very important and promoting collagen production which is key to maintaining youthful looking skin.
3. Add a dose of Omega-3 Fatty Acids to your diet found in tuna, mackerel, salmon and cod and flax seed oil that feed the cells of our skin.
4. Drink a lot of water! The Institute of Medicine recommends the adequate intake for a typical male is about 100 ounces and for a female about 75 ounces daily. Exercise, climate, elevation and personal health conditions may affect these numbers.
1. Avoid foods high in saturated fat and high-fat dairy products.
2. Avoid food and beverages high in simple sugars, such as, junk food, cakes, cookies, soft drinks, and processed juices which negatively affect collagen which is important to combating wrinkles
3. Avoid coffee and alcohol which are both diuretics. They increase water loss, leaving your skin dry and looking aged.
A proactive healthy lifestyle is extremely important when it comes to aging gracefully. Let’s look at what you can do to kick start positive change into your environment.
1. Get adequate sleep and stay on a consistent sleep schedule.
2. Tailor exercise to you so it is not too overtaxing and works for your body. This may be overseen by a physician or personal trainer.
3. Know your daily environment. Air quality in the city you live, the office you work in and any other pollutants you may be subject to daily. Understanding how your environment affects you can help you make positive changes to protect yourself and skin. For example, if you live close to a freeway and are exposed to car exhaust it might increase free radical damage. So, taking an antioxidant supplement or increasing high anti-oxidant foods in your diet can help combat your exposure.
4. Use Sunscreen! Always wear an SPF 30 daily. Make this part of your morning routine. Your skin will thank you in the near future.
1. Don’t burn yourself out. Doing too much can adversely affects energy, mood, motivation, and work production; all of which lead to increased stress and increased cortisol production.
2. Avoid extended periods of peak sun exposure, typically between 10am and 3pm.
3. Don’t forget to make time for fun with family and friends and add a dose of joy into your routine.
4. Don’t forget about you! Spend some quiet time each day to reboot and recharge.
Empower yourself by creating ways to stay healthy on the inside. This in turn will create healthy skin on the outside. Maintaining health is all about looking at the whole you.
So get started on creating health within today!