When you think of skin care, what comes to your mind first?
Face wash, lotions, and scrubs?
Potions, peels, and facemasks?
It seems so simple that what you put on your skin replenishes and heals and that is where you should focus if you are aiming for glowing, smooth, wrinkle-free skin. Yes, it does matter. Gals and guys- skin is skin.
But, it is not necessarily the root cause.
You can lather up with all the right stuff and buy the most expensive products, but if you are not healing yourself from the inside- supporting your skin from the inside- you will never have that flawless, healthy, glowing skin that you have always dreamed of.
Rest assure, there are a few things you can do to make sure your skin looks healthy, feels healthy and actually is healthy.
Skin health come from within. I know I just blew your mind and you may be thinking I am crazy, but seriously, healthy skin starts from within and that is where you should focus.
What do I mean from “within?” Your mood, how much sleep you get, what you eat, how you move your body, what gets trapped inside, and how you flush everything out will all have an impact on how you look and feel – and that includes your skin.
Superficial things like clothing, skin-care creams, and magic potions can help and make a dent in your healthy skin goals, but if you are looking to change for the long-term, then you may need a different approach.
But, if you are looking to portray the best you, inside and out, focus on the factors that affect your skin’s natural glow from inside you.
Here is how to get sexy skin and be hot within…
There is a reason they call it “beauty sleep.” Getting 7-8 hours of sleep helps the body heal and recover. The rise in growth hormones helps to repair the damage done to cells throughout the day, including skin cells. Poor sleep can lead to increased stress hormones in the body that increase the severity of inflammatory skin conditions such as acne or psoriasis. Inflammation and stress on the body damages the cells and upsets the delicate balance of hormones. What an easy way to work on your skin care.
Choosing a mindset that creates positive feelings and inner joy heals you from deep within. Creating an inner glow radiates outwardly and your skin reflects that glow. If you feel tired and exhausted, your skin’s appearance looks washed out and lackluster. But, if you create inner happiness and participate in laughter throughout your day, your skin will reflect that positivity. Laughter truly is the best medicine. Also, with better mood, you’ll usually have an easier time eating clean and avoiding junk food. The more stressed, depressed, angry, and full of anxiety you are, the more you are likely to crave comforting foods that are not so healthy. Typically, that would consist of high levels of sodium, sugar, unhealthy fats, and processed foods. Read “Food” to see what that does to skin.
Exercise doesn’t have to be all fancy by going to the gym or being in an organized exercise class. It is not about the where, rather the how. Mother Nature’s backyard is one of my favorite workout playgrounds. Exercise is about moving your body and getting your heart rate up. You can even go for a walk to loosen up those muscles, joints, and push all those toxins out of your pores. As long as you’re moving, circulation and oxygenation will improve, and your skin will look healthier. As a bonus, sweating is one form of the body ridding itself of toxins. Clearing out the junk on the inside makes for beautiful skin.
Fill your plate with anti-inflammatory foods and you will almost be able to see your skin healing before your eyes. Inflammation dulls the appearance, ages the skin, and makes wrinkles more prominent. Sugar and processed foods are the number one inflammatory foods and can cause a massive imbalance in what your skin looks like on the outside. A super easy way to remember which foods are anti-inflammatory is to fill your plate with mostly a plant-based diet – like nuts, vegetables, and low-sugar fruits. Your body is a machine. What you feed it is going to determine how you look, how you feel, and how your body runs on a day-to-day basis.
Water. The nectar of the skin care gods. Staying hydrated is super important for beautiful skin. Dehydration can definitely cause your skin to look dull. When skin is dehydrated, it creates more oil to make up for the missing water. This can cause breakouts, irritation and dry patches. Skin can even feel oily and dry at the same time. Drink plenty of water to get that sexy glow.
So, I know I said that true skin health starts within, and it does, but what happens next? Practicing the 5 steps above is actually creating a detox of the toxins and pushing all the junk out of your body so that your hormones become balanced and your skin can clear up the symptoms that were showing up outwardly. That is what skin conditions are- they are signs and symptoms that something is not balanced! So, what do you do with your skin as it is getting rid of all the junk? You help it along!
- Start a daily dry brushing routine for a minimum of three months. Brush your body with a natural bristled brush when it is dry. It helps with improved circulation and stimulates your lymphatic system to release those toxins that are trying to push out. Dry brushing also reduces puffiness and cellulite, improves muscle tone, sloughs of dull, dead skin cells, and encourages skin cell renewal.
- Take a detoxing bath 2-3 times per week. Soaking in a detoxifying bath a few times per week for 20 – 30 minutes can help clear pollutants from the pores of your skin. I love a good Epsom salt bath!
Your skin is an outer reflection of what is going on inside you. Heal the root cause and you will heal the symptoms. Here’s to the health of your skin!
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