10 Ways To Improve Your Skin From The Inside, Out
June 01, 2017
So by now you babes know that exfoliating and moisturising is the key to smooth, soft, radiant skin... but there’s a little more to it if you REALLY want to have the healthiest complexion possible. Today we’re going to fill you in on the 10 most important things you
can do in your everyday life to take your skin from a 5 to a 10.
1. Hydration baby
Drinking enough water is the number one, most important thing you can do for your skin’s overall health. You should be aiming for at least 2 litres per day. When you are dehydrated, your skin looks dull and lifeless, and fine lines and wrinkles may even start to appear. Once you are hydrated properly and consistently your skin begins to look younger, brighter and even starts to get that glow we all lust over. By keeping your skin hydrated reduces the risk of premature aging, acne, blackheads, psoriasis and other nasty skin conditions.
2. Avoid refined sugar
Refined sugar is not your friend, in fact it;s your worst enemy and is bad for every aspect of your health, but for today we will stick to how it damages your skin. Refined sugar is an inflammatory that disrupts your hormone balances, can bring on acne and encourages early signs of aging. Remove refined sugars from your diet by cutting out processed foods, if you must continue consuming these foods, remember to always check the labels. If you have a sweet tooth, curb your cravings with fresh fruit.
3. Essential fatty acids
Not all fats are bad for you, despite popular misconception. There are certain fats your body needs for optimum health. These are called essential fatty acids. These good fats do absolute wonders for your skin, they are hydrating and promote youth by reducing fine lines and wrinkles. You can get a good dose of these babies by consuming chia seeds, hemp seeds, flax seeds, cashew nuts, macadamia nuts, olives and avocadoes.
Taking a regular probiotic is not only beneficial for your digestion, nearly all aspects of your health, including your skin, start from the gut. The good bacteria in probiotics help to kill bad bacteria and toxins in your body that can lead to adverse skin conditions such as acne. Studies have shown that taking probiotics regularly can improve your skins overall health and appearance.
5. Green juices and smoothies
It is common knowledge that the regular consumption of dark leafy greens is great for your health, but did you know the positive impact they have directly on your skin? Dark leafy greens are packed with vitamins A and K which are known to assist in the healing and repair of skin cells and hydrating the skin from within. What better way to pack in that spinach and kale into your day than by drinking them with a touch of fruit to make them taste delicious?
6. Vitamin C
Vitamin C is a powerful nutrient that fights ageing, produces collagen and is also an
antioxidant that boosts the immune system and fights against free radicals to protect your skin. A diet high in vitamin C helps to prevent fine lines and wrinkles and to produce collagen, which helps to improve skin tone and elasticity. You can get that daily dose of vitamin C by consuming citrus fruits, broccoli, chillies, capsicums, kale, berries and brussels sprouts.
7. Vitamin E
Vitamin E, an essential nutrient for your complexion, works to stop free radicals that
damage and age your skin. It protects your skin from the environment and harmful pollutants as it is an antioxidant. Vitamin E is also moisturising and an anti-inflammatory, so it helps to reduce skin conditions such as acne. You can find Vitamin E in foods such as sweet potato, almonds, spinach, avocado, squash, seeds and kale.
We know that exercise is good for our overall health, but exactly how does working up a sweat and raising our heart rate directly affect our skin? By Increasing blood flow to our skin (the largest organ of our body), exercise nourishes the skin cells and increases our oxygen levels. The increased blood flow assists in removing waste and toxins from our body, allowing our skin to look bright and healthy. When we sweat from working out, all of pores open up, this allows them to naturally clear away any nasties that are storing themselves in our skin. The sweat literally purges the toxins from our bodies, allowing our skin to be at its best. If our pores remain clogged, they start to produce blackheads, pimples and can even cause acne. Don’t forget to shower immediately after exercise and scrub away all the impurities left lying on your skin. This is what our coffee scrubs are perfect for!
9. Cut The Booze
It can be quite difficult to completely omit alcohol from your life, when most special occasions and social activities revolve around drinking. Our advice, is to limit your alcohol consumption as much as possible. Firstly, alcohol is severely hydrating to your body, as you learnt from point one of this article, hydration is the most critical thing to accomplish for amazing skin! Alcohol also reduces the levels of vitamin A within your body, as you learnt from point 5 of this article, vitamin A is important to heal and repair skin at a cellular level. Alcohol is filling your body with harmful toxins that you have to work very hard to remove from your body, if these toxins are not removed they will start to show via pimples, blackheads and wrinkles.
10. Ditch The Ciggies
You may be doing all of the above, PLUS using our nourishing scrubs and still not seeing the results you are after… and that may be because of cigarettes. Smoking causes a huge reduction in oxygen and blood circulation which leaves your skin looking dry, wrinkly and discoloured. Smokers may even start to notice a grey tinge to their skin tone. Smoking depletes many of the vital nutrients listed above from your body, and reverses all the good work you have been doing. If there is one thing you can do for your health and skin, it’s ditching the ciggies.
By combining these essential steps with our delicious coffee scrubs which work to exfoliate, moisturise and nourish you from the outside, you will be on the path to the best version of yourself. Your skin will be noticeably healthier, brighter and smoother. People will start to comment on your radiance. Go girl, glow!
Chantelle Bugeja for BodyBlendz x