Remember in elementary school when you learned about your body and its organs? Remember that our skin is the largest organ we have? The skin has seven layers of tissue and it protects everything underneath it and inside us – so it’s incredibly important to keep it healthy and happy! As the saying goes – your body is a temple!
Favorite tips for healthier skin:
Apply sunscreen every single day.
SPF is the best option we have to protect our skin against aging. Not only does it slow down aging, but it also helps with skin cancer prevention. Make sure you’re using a sunscreen with a minimum of SPF 30 and that it is water-resistant. If you use moisturizer in the morning, first off great job, but secondly – make sure it has SPF in it. There’s truly no easier way to protect your skin!
Get your sweat on.
Richard Simmons once said, “I put a spell on people so they don’t know they’re working out…” Unfortunately for us, working out usually feels like working out. However, if you’re able to exercise 45 minutes a few days a week, you’ll be giving your skin the best gift you can give it! Getting sweaty during exercise regularly helps to clean out and purify your pores, which helps to improve your skin’s appearance!
Do not smoke, ever.
Quite frankly, smoking is gross. It’s a pretty bad habit, and dramatically speeds up how quickly your skin ages! Smoking can also make some skin diseases even worse and can cause skin sagging and staining. 20/10 we do not recommend.
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!
Drinking enough water every day will bring noticeably massive changes to your skin! Everyone needs to drink a different amount of water, depending on your body weight. To calculate this, multiply your weight by ⅔ or 67% (ex: someone who is 190 lbs should be drinking around 127 oz of water per day, whoa). Your magic water intake number may be a lot more than you expected, but slow and steady wins the race. Slowly increasing your water intake will lead to brighter skin and happier internal organs!
Check your skin for skin cancer monthly.
Make sure you’re performing monthly self-checks. Self-exams can help catch skin cancer early and when it’s the most treatable. If you have a spot or mole that has changed in shape or size, make sure you schedule an appointment with your doctor or dermatologist as soon as you can.
Happy diet, happy skin.
When what you put into your body is happy, and healthy – your skin will respond the same. Keeping saturated fats, processed foods and sugars out of your diet is a direction towards healthy skin. Start eating more fruits and vegetables, or adding a supplement, to keep your skin healthy and vibrant!
Wash your face!
This is probably one of the easiest tips to keep your skin healthy! Washing your face before you go to bed and when you wake up helps remove any dirt or bacteria that your face can collect throughout the day and night. Not washing your face can create a blocking layer on your skin, which prevents it from breathing throughout the day!
Catch some Zs’
Do your co-workers ever tell you, “You look tired today!” even if you’re not exhausted? Lack of sleep will show up first in your complexion, but it also affects literally every system of your body! If you aren’t getting a good night’s sleep, try some new wind-down processes. Bedtime routines can help start the pattern to get a better night’s sleep.
Stress a little less.
Sometimes this is easier said than done, but some skin diseases often surface in periods of high stress. To help keep your skin (and mind) healthy, make sure you’re staying self-aware and have methods in place to help manage your stress levels.
Be gentle with your skin!
Use all-natural, non-toxic skincare products as often as possible. Products that are filled with unnatural scents can irritate your skin and also raise toxins in your body. So make sure you’re checking ingredients for everything coming in contact with your skin (laundry detergent, body wash, lotion, etc) to make sure you’re making safe choices for your skin!