Glowing, healthy skin comes from smooth, hydrated skin that reflects light. That glow comes from a healthy lifestyle, healthy eating habits, a good skincare regimen, and the ability to handle stress well – stress is particularly damaging to the skin:
- Stress causes the body to produce cortisol and other hormones.
- Stress signals your sebaceous glands to produce more oil.
- Stress causes inflammation that makes skin more sensitive and reactive.
- Stress can exacerbate skin problems like Rosacea, Psoriasis and Eczema – making it harder to heal.
- Stress can cause hives and other skin rashes or trigger a flare-up of fever blisters.
- Stress can interfere with daily care – most stressed people fail to maintain routines, so you might skip or skimp on your skin care regimen, which can aggravate skin problems.
Things You Can Do to Reclaim Your Glow
Eat a healthy diet and snack on fresh fruits and veggies. You really are what you eat so learn more about eating for healthy skin here.
Drink plenty of water and green tea. It’s well-know that water is important for your overall health – drink at least 32 ounces of water a day. Green tea, on the other hand not only hydrates the body, it fights free radicals, prevents skin cancer, reduces the effects of sun damage and more – learn more about Green Tea for your skin.
Exercise to improve your glow. Exercising at the gym or taking a brisk walk uses your body’s full range of motion and flushes the circulatory and lymphatic system. This keeps all your organs healthy – especially the largest one…your skin!
Exfoliate skin regularly to remove dulling debris from the skin. Avoid grainy scrubs, rather select chemical exfoliations with alpha-hydroxy acids (AHA) or beta-hydroxy acids (BHA) that dissolve dead cells and lighten abnormal pigment. AHAs also increase collagen production for a more youthful look and firmer skin.
Moisturize with a product containing humectants like hyaluronic acid or glycerin. These ingredients help the skin retain water and deliver an instant plumping effect. Another way to add moisture into your skin – especially if it’s really dry – is to use a humidifier at night. This adds moisture to the air which the skin loves.
Protect – always use a sunscreen to prevent damage from the sun’s UV rays. Nothing is more harmful to the skin and damages it more than exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Learn about how much damage the sun actually does to the skin here.