Take care of your skin from the inside out with these lifestyle changes and see how your overall wellness improves too.
That said, we know healthy skin runs much deeper and what you put in your body is just as important too.
In this post, we’ll look at some lifestyle changes for healthy skin and holistic wellness, so your skin is prepped-and-ready to glow before you even start your skincare routine.
Why is healthy skin important?
When you take good care of your skin, your skin will take good care of you. It’s the largest organ in the body, a key part of our immune system, and the first line of defence against pathogens. We need it to be strong and healthy.
It’s also a crucial whistle-blower for when something is ‘off’ in your body. If your skin is looking dull and dehydrated, it could be an indicator that you’re dehydrated or need more sleep. A breakout can indicate stress and burnout, acne could be a sign of a hormone imbalance, and itchiness could be due to allergies.
Since your skin and holistic health are so intertwined, if you’re wanting to improve your skin’s health, it’s best to start by looking at the full picture of a healthy lifestyle.
5 skin health tips
These 5 simple lifestyle changes will help you care for your skin, and in turn, your overall wellness.
1. Get your beauty sleep
‘Beauty sleep’ isn’t just an excuse to leave an event early. Consistently getting enough sleep is proven to aid the hydration, elasticity, and overall appearance of your skin.
The main thing is to ensure you’re going to bed (and waking up) at a reasonable time each night. If you struggle with acne or sensitive skin, silk pillowcases might be beneficial for you too, as the friction from cotton sheets can cause irritation.
2. Build stress management into your daily routine
Burnt-out and breaking out? It’s no wonder, stress has a huge impact on your skin.
A surge of cortisol (the stress hormone) causes oil production which leads to clogged pores. Stress also impacts the balance of bacteria in your gut, which can trigger inflammatory skin conditions like eczema, acne, and psoriasis.
Make stress management a part of your daily routine, by building relaxing habits like:
- Taking regular breaks
- Social activities
Your brain and skin will thank you for it!
3. Stay hydrated with skin-friendly fluids
Since the skin contains 30% water, dehydration often shows up here first. Your skin can feel dry, tight, and itchy, and may appear dull.
Of course, plain old water is the best option for optimum hydration, but if you fancy something with a little more flavour, these options are skin-friendly too:
- Fruit-infused water
- Herbal teas
- Coconut water
Just avoid drinks with a high sugar content and limit alcohol and caffeine intake.
4. Eat an antioxidant-rich diet
Antioxidants help protect the skin from environmental damage, which is why we use active ingredients high in antioxidants in our products.
To replenish antioxidants from the inside out, eat foods such as:
- Nuts: walnuts, pecans, almonds
- Wholegrains: oats, quinoa
- Fruits and vegetables: berries, oranges, broccoli, spinach
These are great additions to a ‘snack and glow’ plate or your usual meals.
5. Shower with care
Regular showers are necessary for overall cleanliness and hygiene, but sometimes they can irritate sensitive skin types.
If this is you, avoid showering for too long at a high temperature, as it can remove natural oils from your skin and cause dryness and irritation.
Be careful not to use overly perfumed products with harsh chemicals, and pat your dry, rather than scrub and rub with a rough towel.
These simple switches should help prevent post-shower redness and irritation.
…And then it’s time for skincare!
Whether you make one switch or commit to all five, we hope these lifestyle changes for healthy skin and holistic wellness have inspired you to think of skincare as going beyond the bathroom shelf.
When you start to appreciate and love your skin throughout your day, your morning and nightly skincare routine will start to feel like a well-deserved treat.
Take care of your skin with our 5-step healthy skin routine and let us know in the comments why you’re grateful for the skin you’re in.