The outermost layer of our body – our skin, is often a reflection of our overall health and wellness. Your complexion can tell us a lot. Skin can be pallor when we are sick, discolored when we are tired and stressed, or have a reaction to external factors in the environment, such as chemicals or food additives. Maintaining healthy and glowing skin is not just about skin care products.
Our skin health requires a holistic approach to care that encompasses lifestyle choices and wellness practices. These lifestyle changes optimize your wellness from the inside out.
Healthy Diet: The food we consume plays a crucial role in the health of our skin. Opt for a balanced diet of antioxidant rich fruits and vegetables, lean proteins and fish, and leafy greens and nuts. Avoid excessive consumption of processed foods, as they can contribute to inflammation and breakouts.
Hydration: Staying hydrated is key to maintaining supple and moisturized skin. High water consumption helps flush toxins from within, resulting in a clearer complexion. With water being the main component of our cells and tissue, getting enough throughout the day helps with elasticity.1 If water is boring for you, try infusing it with slices of fruit or herbs for a refreshing twist.
Protection from the Sun: Sun exposure is one of the leading causes of premature skin aging and skin damage. Protect your skin from harmful UV rays by wearing an SPF of at least 30 daily. Rain or shine, staying home or headed out, a mineral based tinted sunscreen such as Sun Glow gives your skin the protection it needs. Additionally, seek shade and wear protective clothing to shield your skin from the sun’s harmful effects.
Adequate Sleep: Sufficient sleep is vital for the repair and rejuvenation of your skin.2 During deep sleep, your body produces growth hormones that promote cell turnover and collagen synthesis, resulting in a healthy and youthful complexion. Aim for 7-8 hours of quality sleep each night, and establish a relaxing bedtime routine to ensure restful slumber.
Manage Stress: Incorporate a practice to manage daily stress like yoga, mediation, deep breathing, or exercise to relieve stress. Stress can cause unnecessary break outs and other skins flare up. Take time for yourself and improve your overall health.
Skincare Routine: A consistent skincare routine tailored to your skin type and conditions will do wonders for your complexion. Cleanse your skin twice a day, moisturize to maintain hydration, and exfoliate regularly to remove dead skin cells.
Healthy skin is a reflection of a healthy lifestyle, so prioritize self care, make mindful choices, and embrace these practices as part of your daily routine. After all, wellness from the inside out.
AUTHOR: NEDA MEHR, MD is a board-certified dermatologist and founder of Pure Dermatology Cosmetic & Hair Center, one of the largest and most comprehensive privately owned dermatology and hair centers in the nation. Dr. Neda Mehr has been awarded “Top Cosmetic Dermatologist“ in Newport Beach, specializing in all aspects of the skin and hair for both male and female patients. Dr. Mehr is known for being a “functional dermatologist” and looking at a patient as a whole person rather than a problem. This role has placed her as a fan favorite and leading expert in acne and hair loss, and she can be seen regularly in Allure, Cosmopolitan, NBC California Live and countless other platforms sharing her expert knowledge to help patients look and feel their very best!