How To Improve Your Skin From the Inside Out
Posted on January 13 2021
Skin is our largest organ, and it has an important role—acting as the first line of defense between our bodies and the outside world. Our skin works hard as a protective barrier and is often a reflection of our overall wellness, so it's not something you want to neglect! While the products and ingredients we use topically do play an important role in our skin’s health, so does what’s on the inside. After all, your moisturizer can only go skin deep.
Follow the nine tips below to improve your skin from the inside out.
Eat Skin-Healthy Foods: A clear complexion begins with a healthy diet. Load up your plate with omega-3, antioxidant-rich, and skin-improving foods like berries, mangoes, dark green veggies (kale and spinach!), green tea, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, walnuts, flax seeds, and pomegranates to promote a naturally radiant complexion that can defend itself from pollution, stress, and more.
Keep Stress Under Control: Studies have identified a link between stress levels and skin problems like acne and dry flakes. Feeling overwhelmed? Try yoga, meditation, or other relaxation methods to ground yourself.
Cut Out Excess Sugar: Eating less refined sugars (which inflame and harden the skin) can help tame breakouts and ward off early signs of aging. If you need something sweet, try fresh fruit or dark chocolate.
Exercise Early On: Your blood flow is boosted when you work out, which ensures that your skin is getting the oxygen and nutrients it needs to be healthy—exercising in the morning will give you a glowy flush to start the day.
Quit Smoking: Smoking reduces the natural elasticity and blood flow in your skin, exhausting it of the nutrients and oxygen it needs to remain healthy. This leads to premature aging and can contribute to facial wrinkles.
Drink More Water: Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. You already know the amazing benefits of drinking more H2O. Need we say more?
Get Your Beauty Sleep: Getting your beauty sleep will banish those dark circles around your eyes and improve your skin tone. Ideally, you should snooze for seven to nine hours every night to give your tired skin the time it needs to rest, recharge, and promote cellular repair—just make sure you wipe off your makeup (try our Cosmetic Wipes if you’re in a rush) before hitting the sheets.
Lower Your Alcohol Intake: Too much alcohol can lead to dehydration and inflammation of your skin, and can cause prominent facial redness. Hot tip? When drinking, make sure you stay hydrated and minimize the amount of days you indulge to a few per week to give your complexion time to bounce back.
Take Your Vitamins: Your skin will benefit from any vitamins you take, but to specifically target your skin take vitamins A, C, and E.
Always remember that your skin's health starts from the inside! The right food and lifestyle choices will get you on the path to your best skin yet.