You do everything by the book when it comes to skincare: day cream, cleanser, toner, night cream, eye cream, exfoliating… everything. However, it always seems that something is missing for your skin to be perfectly healthy. This could be so because, although it is not located inside your body, skin is still an organ, and it deserves the same treatment as your heart, kidney, liver and other organs. It needs to be nurtured from the inside as well. This essential care ranges from a healthy diet to incorporating de-stressing and meditative techniques. Here’s everything you need to know about effective skincare from the inside.
The importance of hydration
Applying a fat layer of moisturizer simply won’t cut it if you want to have nourished skin, especially because its top layer is made of 80 percent of water, and if it is not regularly hydrated from the inside, it can lose its natural moisture and become dry and dull. Hydration is also essential for maintaining proper sweating, which is a way of detoxifying the skin. Most of the hydration comes from a regular water intake (about eight cups a day), but you can add teas, coconut water, and fresh juices to that. Some fruits and veggies are also great for hydration. Try cucumber, melon or berries.
The effects of stress on your skin
There’s another thing that can make your skin look tired and worn out – stress. A bad day or a bad week can result in an outbreak of pimples or a flare-up of eczema. This happens because stress affects your hormones and your gut health, both of which consequently affect your skin. Prevent that by finding the most appropriate way to alleviate stress, from meditation and yoga to seeing a practitioner. Regular spa treatments are also great ways to get rid of stress. The best thing about them is that you don’t even have to stress about making a reservation because you can use Beauty & Wellness Booking App to find a service you need whenever and wherever.
Compensate what you lack
A lack of certain vitamins and minerals can have a devastating impact on your skin and overall health. Some of the lacking nutrients can be compensated through diet (e.g. by eating more fruits and vegetables and proteins). However, sometimes it is not enough to eat all the right food, and you need to stock up on supplements. Fortunately, you can buy vitamins in many stores and online. By consuming the recommended amount, you can restore your skin’s original youthfulness and boost your health.
Cut back on bad habits
Some foods and habits are simply bad for your skin. Processed foods and sugars are at the top of the list of the ingredients harmful to your skin. They can disrupt your hormone balance and upset your digestion, which can further cause or worsen some skin conditions. There are also foods which are not necessarily bad for everyone, but for some, they can cause a series of problems. People are commonly intolerant to eggs, wheat and dairy. As for the bad habits, you should give up, that would be smoking and consuming alcohol.
The most beneficial nutrients
There are some nutrients that are essential for good skin health, and you need to stock up on them in order to have a glowing face and body:
- Collagen maintains the skin’s elasticity and makes it look youthful. Besides using products that contain collagen, you can also introduce it to your diet through bone broth or powdered form that can be added to smoothies and other meals.
- Omega-3 fatty acids are good for your skin, nails and hair. They are also powerful antioxidants. You can get more of them into your diet by eating seeds, nuts and fish.
- Fiber is great for your gut and your skin. Sprouted grains, fresh vegetables and nuts are fantastic sources of fibre.
- Probiotics are significant for healthy digestion system and they help your skin stay healthy, as well as boost hair growth. Consuming fermented foods (miso, kimchi, natto, sauerkraut, etc.) can replenish your natural supplies of probiotics.
Healthy skin isn’t something that just happens. You need to work on it. Fortunately, nurturing your skin from the inside has twofold benefits: it leads to a glowing complexion and a better overall health.
Hopefully, this will motivate you to better take care of your skin both from the inside and outside.
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