(WellnessPursuits.com) – Beautiful, dewy, glowing skin doesn’t come in a bottle; it comes from within. While a great skincare routine may hydrate and rejuvenate the surface of your skin, the effects of serums, creams and gels only go skin deep. Want beautiful and healthy skin?
Just like all of your other organs, skin needs water — and lots of it — to be at its best. Without adequate hydration, skin may appear dull, dry and flaky. What’s more, wrinkles are more noticeable in dry skin than in perfectly hydrated skin.
Before you reach for that jar of moisturizer, however, consider this: a study showed that water intake drastically affected epidermal hydration. In fact, drinking water has the same effect as applying an expensive topical moisturizer. To reap the benefits, aim to drink about 2 liters (or about eight 8-ounce glasses) of water a day. Just make sure the water you’re drinking is clean — preferably filtered or bottled to avoid toxins.
The foods you eat may contribute to troublesome skin conditions, such as acne, says the American Academy of Dermatology. A diet that is rich in refined sugars and dairy products has been linked to inflammation and increased sebum production, both of which can exacerbate acne. Similarly, diets full of processed foods and toxins can torpedo skin health.
Fortunately, eating clean can have the opposite effect on your skin. A diet rich in healthy fats, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin A, vitamin C and lycopene promotes healthy skin.
L’oreal Paris, a renowned skincare company, says that exercise is one of the best things you can do for your skin. Here are just a few benefits skin gets from exercise:
- Increased circulation (youthful-looking skin)
- Reduced stress (fewer breakouts, more radiance)
- Toned muscles (improved skin tone and firmness)
Exercise also increases confidence, which will give you a healthy glow that will light up any room!
Improve Sleep Habits
Who doesn’t need an excuse for some extra shut-eye? The concept of “beauty sleep” is very real. According to the National Sleep Foundation, sleeping less than 7 hours per night may contribute to the formation of wrinkles, dark circles and sagging skin. Lack of sleep also increases stress hormones and inflammation, which can exacerbate common skin conditions, such as acne and eczema.
When you sleep, your body produces a growth hormone that’s vital in the production of collagen, the fatty substance under your skin, which gives it its youthful appearance. To get the most out of your sleep, apply an anti-aging serum and nighttime moisturizer several minutes before you go to bed.
Beautiful, glowing skin is a happy side effect of living well. To look youthful and vibrant, give your body the right fuels — plenty of water, healthy foods, exercise and restful sleep!
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