With warmer weather just around the corner, it’s about time to start baring a little more skin. But if yours took a beating during the cold and dry winter months or just doesn’t have the vitality you want, take heart! We’re sharing four smart and holistic ways to get your skin feeling and looking healthier.
Exercise is one of the best things you can do for your body—and that includes your skin. Not only does working out reduce stress and improve muscle tone, it activates physical reactions that improve skin health. The blood pumping results of exercise carry more oxygen and nutrients to your skin. A sweat-building workout purges toxins that often lead to blemishes or clogged pores. If you’re looking for your skin to have a healthier glow, make sure to break a regular sweat.
HydrateProper hydration is crucial to healthy skin. Without it, skin can appear flat, dry or even more wrinkled than it is, no matter what your age. Delivering water to the body’s cells also plays an integral role in energy production. To increase healthy cell turnover and reveal new skin, you must stay hydrated. How much H2O is enough? Shoot for eight 8-ounce glasses each day, or around half your body weight in ounces. That means a 140-pound woman should drink 70 ounces of water per day. You know you’re on the right track when you aren’t experiencing thirst throughout the day and your urine is more clear than yellow. Tired of water? Try green tea, seltzer water or add cucumber, limes or strawberries to plain water for a refreshing change.
Get Your Bs!
The B group of vitamins is vital for maintaining and improving skin health. Vitamin B1 helps your circulation and an increase in vitamin B3 has been shown to reduce age spots or brown pigmentation. For a B vitamin fix through food, eat more fish. Try clams, oysters, mussels, mackerel, herring, salmon, crab and lobster. Another way to add more vitamin B to your diet is through good old-fashioned Brewer’s Yeast. Mix a tablespoon into citrus juice or water after each meal and before bedtime to reduce the effects of tough skin conditions like eczema.
Avoid Free Radicals
Unless you live on a remote island, pollution is a fact of life. You can’t totally avoid it but you can mindfully take action to protect your skin from its effects. Antioxidants are key to protecting your body, slowing down free radical damage and act as an excellent line of defense against the effects of pollution. Find them in brightly colored fruits and vegetables like tomatoes, carrots, squash, sweet potatoes, bell peppers and leafy greens.