When you think of health you usually don’t think about your skin, yet the skin is the biggest organ of your body and can show the effects of an illness or condition. Keep this in mind when you’re on the road to recovery, and treat your skin from within as well as without to see healthy results. Like the rest of your body, your skin conditions are directly affected by your environment: nutrition, exercise, rest, and pollution. Here are key ways to improve your skin and let your inner beauty shine through:
Eat right. This may sound simple, yet processed foods and sugars can do a lot of damage to our skin. Your pores work hard to cleanse toxins from your body, and you need plenty of fresh foods and water every day to help your circulation and skin do their job.
Exercise keeps your circulation pumping, and perspiration has a bad reputation. It’s okay to sweat! That’s how our body is designed to work efficiently, so work out or walk your way to fitness.
Get regular sleep. Turn off the TV, shut down the phone, and make your rest a regular routine. While you may not need a full eight hours, you do need a regular sleep schedule to keep your body and skin looking it’s best.
Cut the pollution. Use natural products on your skin, and cleanse it regularly. If you live in a high-pollution area you may need to wash your face more than twice a day; the same goes for those who live in a high-pollen area. Rinse your face often and cleanse it morning and night.
Don’t forget the rest of your body! Sometimes we focus on the face and forget the rest of our skin. Soak in the tub, scrub with a loofah, and use a gentle moisturizer regularly so your entire skin organ can work hard to keep you healthy while it’s looking its best!
The main thing to remember about your skin is that’s it’s going to be one of the first places you’ll notice an illness or reaction to an irritant. If your face breaks out look for the culprit; it’s most likely something you ate or a pollutant you were exposed to. Eliminate the cause to end future breakouts.