While the eyes are the window to our soul, our skin is a mirror to our physical and emotional well-being. Our general health, our nutrition, our lifestyle, and our emotional state are all reflected in the way our skin looks. So, to achieve glowing, beautiful skin, the first step is to do it from the inside out.
Emotional well-being is the first step toward beautiful skin! So if you want to do something good for your skin, start with doing something good for your soul--do whatever makes you happy and relaxed, starting with good thoughts. Wellness and beauty are two sides of the same coin, so take care of yourself by maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle. Your physical well-being is the basis and reflects in the way you look. Here are some other great tips for great skin for life:
1. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.
2. Focus on plant foods.
Healthy and diverse nutrition plays a key role in skin health and beauty. While many people are aware that unhealthy diet is reflected in the skin, not everyone understands the direct link between healthy diverse diet and its benefits to our skin wellness. Natural phytonutrients from fruits and vegetables can support skin color and glow and provide the first line of defense against different environmental challenges our skin is coping with. They also help us elevate our natural beauty and glow. For example, plant pigments called carotenoids are strong antioxidants with benefits to skin wellness and appearance.
3. Eat the rainbow.
A combination of different natural phytonutrients from fruits, vegetables, and spices can work synergistically to provide amazing benefits. In other words, a colorful salad will indulge your skin way better than if you just stick to one type of fruit or vegetable. In general, the Mediterranean diet—rich in fruits, vegetables, and spices—was shown to possess benefits for overall wellness but especially for skin wellness. Some key components of the Mediterranean diet are tomatoes and olive oil.
4. Protect yourself from the sun.
UV exposure is the No. 1 preventable cause of skin aging and is responsible for about 80 percent of facial skin aging! Learning to be smart about sun is important for our skin health but also its appearance. A comprehensive sun-smart lifestyle should include the use of topical sunscreens and protective clothing combined with a diet and supplement regimen full of natural antioxidants, which prevent free radical damage and aging.
5. Be wary of air quality.
Clear the air: Smoking and air pollution are very harmful to our skin health and appearance. Today, it's common knowledge that cigarette smoke or any other type of pollution can cause many harmful effects and should be avoided as much as possible in order to maintain a youthful look and healthy body.
6. Be proactive.
Prevention is better than any cure. Keeping up with a healthy lifestyle and beauty regimen today will be reflected in the way your skin looks both today and 10 years down the road. We want to nourish and protect our skin daily from the inside out to allow the best foundation for life. It's always easier to maintain a youthful look than to reverse damage that's already been done.
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