Your skin, like all the other organs of the body, receives nourishment via blood, which means that your skin is alive. In order to keep your skin, hair, and nails looking their best and running at peak performance, then, you need to give them what they need to survive and thrive.
Follow these seven lifestyle keys to ensure a lifetime of healthy, vibrant good looks and an energetic body:
- Daily cleansing
- Maximal nutrition intake
- Regular consumption of pure water
- Regular internal and external detoxification
- Daily movement
- Moderate exposure to sunlight
- Sound sleep
Cleanse Your Skin Daily
Because your skin is constantly excreting wastes and shedding dead skin debris (sounds awful, but it’s true), daily cleansing is a beauty must. All that’s required is a mild, natural cleanser designed for your skin type.
If you wear foundation, powder, blush, or waterproof face and eye makeup, it’s absolutely imperative that you remove this layer before going to sleep in order to avoid the possibility of clogged pores, blocked tear ducts, and the formation of blackheads and potential acne.
Even if you don’t wear makeup, it’s a good idea to wash your face prior to bedtime, as the natural sebum on the surface of your skin attracts atmospheric pollutants and dirt like a magnet.
Maximize Your Nutrition
What you eat directly affects how you look and feel. The quickest and least expensive way to change your looks and feel better mentally and physically is to clean up your diet. You can make effective improvements easily.
Studies show that more than 55% of our daily calories come from highly processed foods like refined bread, cookies, sports drinks, sodas, and juice. As a culture, we love pizza, burgers, fried foods, chips, sugary snacks, and other foods that provide plenty of calories but little nutrition.
As a result, we are often overfed and undernourished. We look and feel older than our years, and we suffer from low energy and vitality and a variety of aches, pains, and illnesses.
Your diet should consist of foods that are high in complex carbohydrates, high in fiber, moderate in healthy fats and lean protein. You should consume daily a wide variety of foods in their whole, natural, preferably organic state, including several servings each of fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and beans.
Besides above-mentioned foods, you can consume meat, eggs, organic soybean products such as veggie burgers, rice, pea protein powders, nut butter, seeds, sprouted bread, bean sprouts, seaweed, and bean and grain combinations.
Drink Plenty of Water
Water is one of the most important and most abundant inorganic substances in the human body. In fact, it is by far the most abundant material in all tissues, with the exception of tooth enamel and bone. Your blood, the “living highway,” is primarily composed of water.
The body literally can’t move or function, inside or out, without water. You also cannot be beautiful, energetic, and healthy without sufficient water intake. With ample moisture, the elastin and collagen matrix in the dermis layer of your skin stays plump. Conversely, a dehydrated person ages prematurely and is exhausted.
Try to consume at least six glasses of water a day for optimal well-being. If you hate drinking plain water, try adding a squeeze of lime, lemon, or orange to the glass.
Detoxify, Inside and Out
Your skin serves as the interface between your inner and outer worlds. To keep both worlds functioning well and feeling comfortable, regular removal of bodily wastes must take place via natural internal elimination channels and the routine removal of deposits such as sweat, sebum, and dead skin cell buildup from the top layer of your skin.
What goes in must come out. Ample fluid intake combined with a fiber-filled diet keeps the digestive system moving right along, eliminating toxins via your colon and preventing them from surfacing on your skin as rashes and blemishes.
Impurities that aren’t disposed of in a timely manner via the kidneys, bladder, liver, lungs, and large intestine will find an alternative exit — which is why the skin is sometimes referred to as the “third kidney.” Staying “regular” contributes to physical comfort, does a world of good for your mood, and keeps your skin clear and radiant.
A good bathe or dry brushing can help remove the dead skin cells that you just loosened. Afterward, apply your favorite body oil or moisturizer.
Keep Moving to Look and Feel Your Best
Regular physical exercise boosts lymphatic flow and circulation, improves digestion, stimulates your metabolic fire and the process of waste removal from the internal organs and skin, and delivers a surge of oxygen to your body, invigorating every organ and allowing your skin to take on radiance.
Try to exercise in the fresh air and sunshine as often as possible and vigorously enough so that you work up a good sweat. Sweating cools your skin and eliminates waste through your pores. Choose whatever activity you enjoy: walking, biking, jogging, swimming, yoga, tennis, or even skating.
Give Yourself Some Exposure: A Little Sun Is a Good Thing
Sunshine feels good on your skin and helps your body absorb calcium by causing your skin to produce that part of the vitamin D complex that strengthens bones. Sun exposure helps reduce stress and blood pressure, balances hormone levels, increases the body’s production of feel-good serotonin, and aids in healing eczema, acne, psoriasis, and poison plant rashes.
Approximately 30 to 45 minutes of daily unprotected exposure to sunlight can help preserve your sanity and the health of your bones and skin. To avoid skin damage, try to get that sunshine early in the morning before 10 AM or late in the day after 4 PM.
if your health professional or dermatologist has advised you to avoid the sun at all costs due to various health concerns, then your body will require other sources of vitamin D. This essential nutrient can be found in egg yolks, cod liver oil, cold-water fish oils, vitamin D3–supplemented animal or vegan milk, organ meats, salmon, sardines, and herring.
Seek Deep, Restful Sleep
Sleep is often the first thing we sacrifice due to work commitments, children’s demands, lifestyle choices, or the activity of today’s hustle-and-bustle world. In fact, sleep doesn’t get much attention until it’s sorely missing.
When you’re sleep-deprived, your body struggles to maintain itself mentally and physically. Lack of sleep shows up as dark circles or puffy skin under your eyes, haggard and sallow skin, dull hair, lackluster nails, low energy, weakened immunity, mental meltdowns, depression, irregular appetite, and lack of sexual interest.
Beauty rest is one of the best (and least expensive) beauty secrets of models and celebrities or anyone who depends on physical appearance for his or her livelihood. You can spend scads of money on the latest eye cream or trendy spa treatments, but a good dose of sleep is the most effective beauty booster of all and even more important, it’s the foundation of your overall well-being.