When you have a lot going on in your career and social life, you usually make sacrifices in your self-care routine. You may give up time to yourself to stay on top of work and social obligations. However, the more on the go you are, the more you need to take care of yourself.
Stress from work and life can take a toll not only on your body but can also have a lasting effect on your skin. In addition to taking steps to reduce stress and improve work-life balance, there are certain lifestyle modifications you can do to help your body take care of itself.
You can do things to improve your skincare routine and get the glowing skin you want.
6 Tips to Help Your Skin Glow
1. Watch What You Eat
(With contribution from Aussy Aportadera)
What you put in your body is just as important as what you put on it, if not more. You can eat certain foods to help keep your skin fresh and glowing.
You may think that you don’t have time to make hearty, healthy meals. However, eating well and looking good are not mutually exclusive. See which foods are the most beneficial and easy ways to work them into your diets.
Broccoli contains vitamin C, which supports the body’s collagen production. Increased collagen levels translate to healthier, smoother, and more elastic skin. Aside from vitamin C, broccoli is also full of nutrients like fiber that helps stimulate metabolism, vitamin K that aids in faster skin healing, vitamin E that helps keep your skin looking young and fresh, and more!
They might look a little unusual, but these tiny tree-looking vegetables can greatly impact your daily diet and skin health.
Simple ways to enjoy: Sauté with a little olive oil and garlic (also good for the skin!) then add to pasta for a quick and healthy meal or steam with lemon for a zesty side dish.
Leafy greens are an easy source of essential vitamins and minerals that promote overall health and healthy, glowing skin. Leafy greens such as spinach or kale are also a great source of vitamin C and sulfur, which help boost collagen production.
These superfoods are also abundant in vitamin K, which gives you a smoother and healthier glow by speeding up skin healing. Zinc, another mineral found in leafy greens, has anti-inflammatory and anti-acne properties.
Simple ways to enjoy: Leafy greens like spinach, kale, or collard greens serve as a great base for salads. You can easily make a refreshing green smoothie with some leafy greens and berries!
Legumes, such as kidney beans, chickpeas, and pumpkin seeds, are an often-overlooked vegetable group that promotes a healthy body, including healthy and glowing skin. Legumes are rich in vitamin E, an antioxidant essential for skin health, and zinc, with acne-fighting properties. Consider adding legumes to your diet for healthier, less-irritated skin.
Simple ways to enjoy: Add pumpkin seeds to your breakfast fruit bowl or trail mix for healthy vitamins and an energy boost. You can also make oven-roasted chickpeas for a simple snack.
Garlic is an excellent source of sulfur, which, as mentioned, is essential for collagen production. It also has antibacterial and antiseptic properties that can help fight acne-causing bacteria. The uses of garlic in cooking are endless, so there are multiple ways to incorporate it into your diet. This ingredient can be eaten raw, sauteed with other vegetables, added to dips, etc.
Simple ways to enjoy: Make easy Aglio e olio pasta with as few as four ingredients (garlic, red pepper flakes, olive oil, and pasta) or prep an herby garlic confit in advance to spread on toast or add onto mashed potatoes.
Cucumbers are an excellent source of hydration with their high water content. Although usually seen being placed to cover eyes in self-care or spa montages in movies, cucumbers are also a refreshing ingredient to add to your diet.
Cucumbers contain vitamins and minerals that are essential for maintaining healthy skin. They have vitamin C and zinc for collagen production. Furthermore, cucumbers are also high in vitamin A, which helps heal and hydrate the skin for a radiant glow.
Simple ways to enjoy: Grated cucumbers mixed with yogurt, olive oil, and spices make a fresh and tangy dip. You can also cut them up and toss them with other veggies to make a quick, healthy salad.
Getting good healthy food for your skin and body should not be a hassle, especially for busy, working professionals. These food recommendations are easily accessible and do not require much time to purchase and prepare.
2. What To Drink
Hydration is essential to skin care. Adequate fluid intake is to drink half to one ounce of water for every pound of body weight. So if you weigh 100 lbs, you should be drinking 50 to 100 ounces of water each day.
Caffeine is a large part of any professional lifestyle; however, keep in mind that caffeine causes dehydration. If you cannot cut back on caffeine, then work on increasing your water intake to the upper limit of what you need. You can say the same about alcohol and sugary drinks.
Herbal teas can have a positive effect on your skin. Many herbs help with relaxation, improve sleep (chamomile), and contain antioxidants. All of these are good for your body and your skin.
3. Understand Your Skin’s Needs
Do you know your skin type? The status of your skin and its underlying issues will determine your skincare regimen.
- Dry skin type: you need to focus on moisturizing and hydration. Consider skincare products containing hyaluronic acid to lock in moisture and keep your skin looking plump, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
- Oily skin type: work to decrease oil production and deep pore cleansing. Use retinoids to help shed away dead skin cells.
- Combination skin: work to maintain a balance with your routine. Don’t overuse products that dry you out, and use non-comedogenic moisturizers (i.e., those that won’t clog your pores)
You never want to skip out on a regular routine. Make it a habit to remove makeup, cleanse, exfoliate, tone, and apply moisturizer daily. These steps allow your skin to breathe, recharge, stay hydrated, and help your skin glow and stay looking young!
4. Boost Your Skin Barrier
As the biggest organ in your body, the skin protects you from the elements. You can help your skin defend itself and boost its barrier by using the proper moisturizers and protectants.
According to dermatologist Jeremy Fenton, ceramides are the best ingredient to look for in your skin lotions.
“Ceramides are one of the naturally occurring lipids in the lipid barrier of the cell membrane. It is an important component of skin hydration and barrier. They are often placed in formulations that don’t clog pores.”
5. Make Sleep A Priority
The body regenerates, heals, and rejuvenates itself while you sleep. Lack of sleep, or poor quality sleep, hinders these natural processes. In turn, your skin takes a hit and can start to look dull and tired.
Adjust your bedtime routine to improve your sleep hygiene and sleep quality. Your skin will thank you for it!
6. Use Sunscreen
UVA and UVB rays can have harmful effects on the skin. You may not see the effects now, but those sunspots can show up as you age!
Daily use of sunscreen is one way to keep your skin young and glowing (and reduce wrinkles). Many skin lotions contain SPF (always use 30 or above). You can also purchase non-comedogenic sunscreens to suit your needs.
Your skin is exposed to the elements on the outside and your stressors on the inside. What you put in your body is just as important to skin health as what you put on it. To keep you looking your best, you must also feel your best. Prioritize your health to ensure that you provide your body with the nutrition and supplements it needs. Then check your daily skincare routine to ensure you are protecting and treating your skin.
These lifestyle tips can help improve your skin’s health and make your skin glow while keeping you young and rejuvenated.