External skin care is important. However, there are times when you fail to observe a change in your skin, even when you’ve adopted a new skincare routine or trying out a new line of skincare products. If you feel like you’ve been doing everything right but still experiencing problems with your skin, it may boil down to one factor: lifestyle. In that case, it’s perhaps time to review your lifestyle habits as our lifestyle, i.e., food and exercise may (surprisingly) cause a great deal of impact our skin.
Here are a few common lifestyle factors that can affect our skin:
“Der Mensch ist, was er ißt.”
– Ludwig Andreas Feuerbach
“Man is what he/she eats.” This notion often refers to the correlation between our physical fitness and our diet, but may very well apply to our physical appearance as well. If you’re a fan of our humble blog (props to you) and have been keeping up with our previous posts, you should know very well that whatever goes on in the inside shows up on the outside and skin health is not only dependent on the plethora of skincare routines and products but also the food we put in our bodies on the daily.
The secret to healthy, glowing skin is simple. Since the skin is the largest organ and also the last to receive nutrients, eating a diet rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and phytonutrients will ensure that it receives the nutrients it deserves!
Don’t forget to hydrate too! Not drinking enough water every day may lead to dehydration which aggravates any current skin condition you have and also cause dry and flaky skin.
Ever noticed how whatever we experience in our life seems to show on our face? When we’re constantly stressed out, we can expect acne and dark circles under our eyes. These much-dreaded symptoms are caused by the release of various hormones whenever our body encounters stress. One of these hormones in particular that wreaks havoc on our skin – cortisol.
Cortisol is a natural hormone that helps the body deal with stress and is harmless in small amounts, as it serves as a short term coping mechanism our body adopts. The excess of cortisol released when stress is experienced can exacerbate many skin issues such as acne, eczema and psoriasis. Stress can also compromise the skin’s barrier function, resulting in water loss. If our skin loses its ability to hold onto water, it becomes dehydrated and ultimately results in aging skin.
We’d like to stress (excuse the pun) the fact that stress is inevitable and an inescapable part of living. However, there are some simple and effective ways to help our body and skin better deal with stress.
Some ways to relieve stress are:
– Getting adequate, or plenty of sleep daily
– Try exercises such as yoga or meditation
– Exercise regularly
– Eat plenty of healthy foods and drink lots of water
The next time you’re working out towards getting that dream bod (#fitspo #fitfam anyone?), remember that the benefits of exercise may go far beyond keeping you in shape or adding muscle tone, such as keeping your skin younger and reversing skin aging.
Increased blood flow during exercise will help to flush cellular debris out of your skin system, as blood carries not only oxygen and nutrients to working cells throughout the body but also help to carry waste products away from working cells.
During exercise, the tiny arteries in your skin open up, allowing more blood to reach the skin’s surface and deliver nutrients that repair damage from the sun and environmental pollutants. These nutrients also rev up the skin’s collagen production, thwarting wrinkles.
Don’t let your efforts go to waste! If you prefer working out outdoors, ensure that you apply sunscreen as prolonged sun exposure can actually take away the benefits of the exercise.
Not catching up them ZZZ’s can do a surprising number on your skin. When you deprive yourself of sleep, you’re actually depriving your brain, body and skin, of nourishment, as sleep can be seen as food for the body. With enough rest, your brain gets rid of 60% more toxins when you get the proper amount of sleep, and with proper rest, not only do you feel more refreshed when you get up, your skin also gets more #glowing in the morning.
The results of not getting enough rest include your skin getting dehydrated due to an imbalance of PH levels, dark circles and under eye-bags. Not getting enough sleep decreases the moisture levels of your skin and lowers your complexion’s pH levels, which why you maybe have noticed that your skin looks less glowy and youthful.
We all love a good cocktail every now and then. However, most drinkers fail to realize how big an impact alcohol can actually make on our health and skin.
Alcohol induces inflammation throughout your body (and skin, of course) and dehydration is just one of man that it causes. Dullness, enlarged pores, sagging, fine lines and lacklustre skin are just some of the symptoms that can result within the skin.
When taken excessively, it also alters blood flow to the skin and leaves an unhealthy appearance for days. This is caused by the widening of small blood vessels in the skin which allows more blood to flow close to the surface. This is why you usually find your face to be flushed and experience a feeling of warmth on your face.
Another vice: Cigarettes. Cigarettes contain nicotine which causes thinning of the blood vessels. Chronic smokers more often than not look older than their actual age and it’s not surprising, as nicotine causes a reduction in oxygen supply to the skin which accelerates the ageing process, thus causing the skin to look duller.
If you’re looking to have glowing and flawless skin, make sure you follow a good skincare routine and remember, moderation is key. Adopting a healthy lifestyle goes a long way in maintaining not just a healthier body, but also a healthier skin!