Increase Your Glow - My Tips for Skin Health

Taking care of our bodies means maintaining the health of our inside and outside. 

Keeping our skin looking healthy and clean means more than just slathering on some moisturizer, and it requires food and water just like the rest of the body. Skin is very delicate, so it can be damaged easily by the sun, or the weather or everyday activities. Below are a few habits I implement every day to keep my skin from being damaged.

Sunscreen

Putting on sunscreen may seem like the most obvious tip, but did you know that the sun can damage your skin even in the winter? Even if there are clouds in the sky, it’s important to put on sunscreen before you leave the house every time. The lighter your skin, the easier it is for your skin to be damaged by the sun.

SPF 30 is usually the recommended amount of sunscreen most people should wear. Don’t think you have to smear greasy sunscreen on your face; I like to use spray that covers my skin lightly. Also, make sure to use chapstick. The lips are one of the most delicate areas on our bodies, and chapstick already has SPF in it. Always put some on before heading outside. We all need a daily dose of Vitamin D, but too much of a good thing can really hurt us.

Stay Hydrated

Okay, this tip might be the most obvious one. Staying hydrated is what keeps our skin soft and elastic, meaning our skin is at its best to keep us protected. Drinking plenty of water also gives us clear skin for that glowing look in our faces.

We all know we need water, but are you really tracking how much you drink in a day? It’s easy to remember that our bodies generally require eight glasses of water per day, but I know I’m not making eight trips a day to the sink tap. Luckily, the fruits and vegetables we eat also contribute to our daily water recommendation. Even more important, did you know that when you feel thirsty, that’s your body telling you that you’re already dehydrated? I always carry a bottle of water with me, and I make sure to drink a little bit every hour. You can also track how much water you drink per day by keeping a log, especially if you’re already tracking your daily eating habits.

 Eat the Right Food

Our bodies need different types of foods for different functions. For healthy skin, we need to eat plenty of B vitamins. We also need to digest vitamin C, which helps skin cells repair themselves. Vitamin B can be found in fruits and vegetables, but your best bet is to eat leafy greens. Vitamin C is found in mainly fruits, especially orange and red fruits like oranges, mangoes and raspberries. Always try to cover all of your essential vitamins and nutrients within a day of eating, and remember to create a little variety too.

Taking care of our skin is very important for healthy bodies, and our skin needs nourishment from the inside out. There are many other things your can do at home for healthy skin, but these are some of the most effective and natural ways.