Everyday we find thousands of articles and information about tips on how to better take care of our skin. There are even famous celebrities sharing their top beauty secrets. Most of us even feel a sort of envy and little overwhelm by having so much resources and still not feeling satisfied about our skin’s appearance. Well, the truth is we may need to realize that eating well and keeping a healthy lifestyle are the top components of a great looking skin, even hair and nails. Have you really thought about it? Let me dive deeper into these facts..
Beauty starts from within
We have heard this phrase for decades. This is by far the key to looking great; of course, I am not referring to how you feel about yourself nor the psychological aspect of it. It is truly how we nourish our body and the way we live that actually determines the state of wellbeing of our skin. Eating healthy is definitely a “must do” to have our skin looking beautiful and radiant!
Just as any other organ in our body, the skin must be taken care of and nourished correctly. When we think about being healthy, the first thing that comes to our mind is how our brain, heart, or muscles are working right. The truth is, more often than not, one of the first organs to show visible signs of health or disease is the skin. It is the largest one of our body, and where we can notice if something is going wrong inside. Remember that the skin appearance is a reflection of how we eat and our lifestyle as a whole.
Evidence shows that vitamin and certain mineral deficiencies will affect how the skin looks. For example, excessive dryness, dandruff, and flaking are signs of lack of zinc, vitamin C and low water intake.
As well, we know that the main nutrients needed for skin health are vitamins A, D and E. Vitamin A deficiency is also associated with dry skin and eyes. Lack of B complex Vitamins is related to eruptions (or rash) and sores. Another well known example is, when we get a cut or wound that is difficult to heal. Vitamin K plays an important role in normal blood clotting.
And what about the excesses? Well, eating too much sugar, saturated fat, salt and sodium, as well as carbonated drinks alters the moisture/oil balance, which could result in clogged pores. This would ultimately lead to breakouts or acne, another common example. So, as you can see, this supports the need to take better care of our nutrition habits. Lifestyle also affects our physical appearance. Factors such as smoking, excess alcohol drinking, stress, and not doing exercise also affects the skin.
What are the next steps if I want my skin looking better?
These are certainly the most important things you don’t want to miss when taking better care of your skin, internally:
- Drink more water
Staying hydrated is vital! Water will keep your skin moisture in balance. Make sure you drink about 8-10 glasses a day.
- Eat more fruits and vegetables
These are the main sources of vitamin C, other antioxidants, vitamin B complex and vitamin K. You should aim for 5-6 a day.
- Eat more fish, eggs, poultry and vegetable oils
These provide vitamin A, vitamin E, and zinc, among other nutrients. Another good source of zinc is whole grains.
- Avoid fast food as much as you can
You don’t want to exceed with these types of foods, as they are really high in fat, sugar, salts, which can lead to very oily skin.
- Limit alcohol intake
Alcohol blocks the absorption of certain vitamins and minerals, and is also known for increasing skin aging.
- Avoid smoking
Smoking also contributes to dry skin and early aging.
- Practice more exercise
Exercising on a regular basis aids in increasing more oxygen and blood flow to your body, therefore it will help you look younger and your skin flawless!
Keep these tips in mind, and you’ll quickly notice visible changes along the way. Doing these small steps each day is very easy and you really don’t have to make big investments in cosmetic products to start. It Is better to begin with healthy daily habits that will ensure long term beautiful results than to worry about covering our flaws! Do you agree? I will discuss later about some other skincare tips and routines with products and techniques. For now, let me know your thoughts and if this was a relief to your main beauty concerns. We’ll keep in touch.
Stay healthy and glow!