Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Lexi, author of the blog LexiYoga. In this post, Lexi reminds us of a few simple lifestyle adjustments that can have a dramatic effect in maintaining youthful, healthy looking skin.
Our skin is our largest organ in our body. It’s up to us to maintain and keep it well hydrated, nourished and glowing, as we all strive to look and feel beautiful. We are bombarded with advertising and marketing with cosmetic products and plastic surgery to just cover up our problem skin. The truth is, our lifestyle has a lot to do with it. Glowing, clear and beautiful skin can easily be achieved by changing a few habits and focusing more on our health.
Here are five steps that will help improve the condition of your skin and give you a more youthful look. If you treat your skin right, it will love you back and be beautiful for you!
1. Sleep –
A good night’s sleep can dramatically improve your health, vitality and overall life quality. Getting your beauty sleep should be your priority, as your skin repairs itself from the daily damage caused by stress, pollution, infections and the sun. Hormone production is also regulated and tissues are repaired, as your body produces more proteins to repair itself at a cellular level. Sleep also lowers blood pressure and reduces stress and anxiety by lowering your stress hormone production. Being more relaxed and calm reverses the signs of aging, and gives you beautiful radiant skin.
2. Yoga –
Ever wonder why yoga instructors always have a natural glow to their faces, and their skin seems so relaxed? Well, it is known that practicing yoga can reduce the signs of aging and give your skin a natural, clear and beautiful glow. Yoga postures increase circulation in your body, which helps to smooth your skin. Inversions are especially wonderful, as being upside down sends blood to your brain, which nourishes your face with vital nutrients at the cellular level. Yoga postures also help to balance your chakras, which stimulate your hormonal systems that are responsible for slowing down the aging process.
3. Raw Foods
Eating raw foods can definitely improve your skin appearance, as nutrients wouldn’t be lost during the cooking process. Processed foods, sugars, salts, alcohol and cigarettes are best to be avoided for optimal results. Adding fresh fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts, grains and seaweed to your diet are the best way to increase antioxidant levels, increase energy, strengthen your immunity, prevent diseases and give your skin a radiant beautiful glow. You’ve heard the saying “You are what you eat!”
When you pay attention to your water intake, you will definitely notice the difference on your skin. Your body is made up of 60% water, so when you’re properly hydrated your skin becomes nourished and your complexion becomes radiant. Water carries nutrients at a cellular level, flushes out unwanted toxins, improves circulation throughout your body and lubricates your joints and ligaments. As a daily requirement, be sure to drink 8 glasses of water. If you’re exercising, or in hot weather, you should increase your water intake. Just remember, water is vital for beautiful fabulous skin.
5. Natural Beauty Products
Pampering yourself has never been easier. Your supermarket contains beauty foods to keep your skin looking fabulous, radiant and glowing from the inside out. Using natural beauty products for your skin is cost effective, and will bring you beautiful results. Avoiding chemicals, toxins, parabens and sulfates from many daily used products is a sure way to better health. These substances are unwanted by the body, and affect your hormonal system in a negative way. Be sure to stick to natural ingredients for every skincare product that you use.
Visit LexiYoga to learn more about natural skin care and homemade beauty treatments that your skin will crave.
Excellent post – and what a gorgeous shot!
I could certainly improve on each of these suggestions. For starters, I’ve developed the bad habit of guzzling soda like it’s water. I’ve also convinced myself that I get by just fine on five to six hours of sleep. I’m sure this constant state of sleep deprivation affects me in more ways than I realize. I’m just sort of used to it I guess. However, I am very consistent about exercise, which includes yoga. My yoga practice waxes and wanes, but I run religiously. One thing you don’t want to learn the hard way, though, is that the best form of skincare is regular sunscreen use. I ran and lounged by the pool today without my shirt on, and without any sunscreen, and I’m definitely paying the price. Any good recommendations for a natural ingredient sunscreen?
Hi Brian, I traded in the soda for La Croix carbonated water. Now that I’m used to it, I don’t miss soda at all…
I really enjoyed this article. It does a nice job of sharing healthy tips with average folks.
The two hardest things for me to maintain is the right amount of sleep and using the right beauty products. I also don’t use sunscreen very often so I have no advice for you on that. Let me know what you find though.
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