We’re all about the trending hashtags focused on health and fitness, but did you know that most of the concepts we follow for taking care of our body actually relate to our skin too?
It’s no coincidence that a sugary treat has your skin looking as dull as you feel and it’s not just sweat making your skin glow after a good workout sesh!
In this article we would like to highlight a few of the key aspects around health and fitness that you can relate to your skin care habits too.
Let's look as good as we feel!
Consistency is the key to success in any area of your life.
There really is no point in having one green smoothie a week if the rest of the week you’re eating processed foods. Likewise a workout is something you should do more just once a month.
The same is true of your skin care ritual.
A daily skin care routine is necessary for healthy, youthful skin in the long-term and while it may take a while to get used to, give it enough time and it will soon become a lifestyle that feels really good!
Get enough sleep
Getting enough sleep is essential for a healthy body, but it’s just as important for your skin!
According to studies, the golden hours are between 11pm and midnight, when cell mitosis is at a peak. This is a very important process that helps to renew and repair skin cells.
Your blood also flows closer to the surface of your skin while you sleep, and this helps to nourish and repair your skin cells - maybe beauty rest really is a thing. More oxygen and nutrients are transported to skin cells, and waste and free radicals are transported away.
Before bed is the time to really amp up your skin care and slather on those ingredients that are going to work synergistically with these processes to help you wake up with skin that glows with radiance and health!
Total Nutrition Night Repair Complex, is our top pick for you - packed in potent antioxidants to hydrate, protect, repair past damage, and boost collagen production while you sleep. The perfect way to boost your beauty rest!
This is a habit any health professional would recommend to live a longer, healthier life, but if exercise isn’t your thing then maybe this will motivate you…
A regular exercise ritual is fantastic news for your skin and can help you to look younger, healthier and more radiant!
Exercise helps to boost blood flow in the body and bring it closer to the surface of the skin. In the short-term this will give you an immediate gorgeous rosy flush, but in the long-term this will help to consistently boost collagen production for firmer, plumper skin.
Just 30 minutes of moderate activity at least 3 times a week will help you to reap the benefits.
If you are feeling stressed and can’t imagine putting on your running gear then try this gorgeous heart opening yoga flow that will leave you wonderfully tingly after thanks to fresh blood flowing through your system.
Breathe your way to glowing skin
Deep breathing is a powerful tool to help your body better handle stress, but it’s just as important for healthy, youthful skin.
Deep breathing helps to reduce inflammation in the body by reducing the amount of cortisol (stress hormone) released when you are faced with stress of any kind. Inflammation wreaks havoc on the skin by increasing sebum (hello breakouts) as well as reducing collagen, which speeds up the signs of aging.
Deep, belly breaths also help to boost circulation for younger skin with a regular practice, and it helps to stimulate lymph flow, which ensures the body is flushing toxins from the body on a regular basis.
Try this quick soothing meditation when you are feeling stressed.
Eat the right foods
Every single thing you eat has an impact on your skin so make sure you are choosing your foods wisely.
For example, sugar and dairy both increase internal inflammation, which manifests externally as skin issues.
Sugar, for example, may increase sebum in the skin, as well as break down collagen, whereas dairy can cause all sorts of hormonal imbalances, contributing to adult acne, no thanks!
Your best bet is to ensure you fill your body with an array of leafy greens, a rainbow of fruits and veggies, nuts, seeds, fish and other healthy fats daily.
If you’re in the mood for a naughty treat or perhaps your kids are begging you to whip something up then try healthier alternatives.
We hope this article has shown you that living a healthier life and rocking clear, youthful, glowing skin really do go hand-in-hand.
When you take care of your body your skin will thank you, and vice versa!
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