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7 Healthy Skin Tips

Healthy Skin Tips
Written by Asha McLaughlin

Healthy skin is the best accessory!  Follow these tips and see your skin glow from within.

DRINK MORE WATER FOR HEALTHY SKIN

Drink the correct amount of water daily and you could notice a huge shift in your skin. The new model is to take half your body weight, transfer this number to ounces, and that number is how much water you should be consuming each day. It’s probably more than you thought, so start slow but definitely increase the amount you drink and you will start to notice a luster to your skin. Your internal organs will be happier as well.

SWEAT FOR YOUR COMPLEXION

Getting regular exercise where you actually sweat is a great way to clean out the pores in your skin. Raising your heart rate for 40-50 minutes several times a week can gently purify your skin as well as help your body to relax. Any increase of the body’s circulation will improve skin’s appearance, as well as boost detoxification and cellular renewal.

THE FIRST PLACE A LACK OF SLEEP SHOWS IS YOUR COMPLEXION

Lack of a good night’s sleep causes more than just circles under your eyes; it actually affects every system of your body. If you aren’t sleeping well, try some new protocols. Evening bedtime rituals can help you cultivate a better night’s rest. To encourage healthy skin—and a healthy state of mind—take steps to manage your stress. Set reasonable limits, scale back your to-do list and make time to do the things you enjoy and that relax you.

HEALTHY DIET = HEALTHY SKIN

Eating a healthy diet free of saturated fats, processed foods and excess sugars is a step in the right direction. Replace those “foods” with more fruits and vegetables. Did you eat your seven servings of fruits and veggies yesterday? If not, I would also recommend taking a whole-food vitamin supplement to make sure your body is getting the right amount of nutrients and minerals it needs to be healthy and vibrant. Your skin will improve when you add these into your lifestyle.

TREAT YOUR SKIN GENTLY

Whenever possible, use all-natural, nontoxic skin care products. The truth is, whatever you put on your skin gets in your blood stream. So products filled with unnatural scents not only irritate your skin, they also raise the toxic load in your body. This goes for all things that come into contact with your skin, such as laundry detergent, body wash, creams and fragrances. Always check the ingredients of your skincare routine and know what you are putting on your skin.  

EXFOLIATE TO REVEAL A BRIGHTER COMPLEXION

Exfoliation helps remove dry/dead cells on the surface of the skin and is one of the most important aspects of your home skincare routine for face and body. Exfoliating can help many skin problems, and it increases blood circulation, which in turn helps you to achieve healthy, soft, glowing skin in a matter of seconds. Try exfoliating – both the face and body – twice a week as part of a good home care regimen. While it’s important to remove dead skin, it’s also important not to strip away too many of your natural oils, so a good balance is essential.

Benefits of exfoliating:

  • Detoxifies your skin 
  • Brightens your complexion 
  • Eliminates dead, dull skin cells 
  • Reveals healthy, fresher, younger skin 
  • Reduces fine lines and sun damage 
  • Improves skin tone 
  • Kills bacteria and prevents breakouts 
  • Helps remove ingrown hairs

HAPPY SKIN IS MOISTURIZED SKIN

Coconut oil contains vitamins K and E, which nourish and protect the skin.

It also contains antioxidants and anti-inflammatory substances. Coconut oil is a natural skin moisturizer and helps prevent dehydration. You can make great products with it as well: moisturizer, scrubs, shaving cream, mouthwash and sunscreen, to name a few.

About the author

Asha McLaughlin

Asha is a long time yoga & meditation teacher as well as a natural health educator at Bloom Wellness, in Williamsburg. She teaches public classes and offers private sessions - she can be reached at essential.asha@gmail.com.

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