5 Easy Healthy Habits That Will Give You Better Skin

Get a headstart on healthy habits before the year is over!

by Katherine Mosquera

photo: Sweat The Style

 

At the start of the week, I always seem to look (and feel) my most rested. It could be because I spend large chunks of time relaxing and have a Sunday ritual that includes a facial routine and a nice hot bath, but I wish I could keep my skin looking perfect for longer. Luckily, there are some healthy habits for better skin that will change the game when it comes to your skin, body, and overall mindset.

So if you’re ready to get some healthy habits before the New Year rolls around – you’re in luck, these are so easy!

1. Upgrade your sleep 

Beauty sleep is called such for a reason, it’s the best restorative force for your mind as well as your body. You can’t be your ultimate productive self and feel good if you’re overtired.

An increase in blood flow to your skin as you sleep means that all you really need for a gorgeous natural glow is a good night’s rest. Better sleep will also mean that those unsightly dark puffy circles caused by tiredness will fade. Less concealer will be required!

Ideally, you should be trying to get at least 7 hours of shut-eye a night. This might seem tricky when you’ve got work to catch up on, but sleep should never be sacrificed. Get your beauty sleep by going to bed on time, and then getting up a bit earlier so you can get started with your day. Download the Sleep Cycle app to analyze the amount of sleep you’re currently getting and upgrade your sleep cycle.

2. Eat pretty

I know that the way I eat has the ability to either make me feel energetic and happy, or sluggish and moody. When I’ve indulged in a few too many sweets or greasy snacks, my skin reacts in a not-so-pretty way. Yep, break-outs.

You’ll be doing your skin a real favor by simply cutting down on sugary and salty foods, as excess sugar in your diet is responsible for dehydrating your skin. It causes a spike in insulin which results in inflammation that breaks down the collagen in your skin. The long-term effect of this is accelerated aging, and no one wants that!

Try this meal plan for all the key ingredients that will show your skin some love:

Breakfast: Porridge oats topped with fresh berries and sunflower seeds.

Oats are an age-defying food, as they help regulate your body’s sugar levels. But don’t forget the sunflower seeds! The vitamin E in these babies helps keep your skin soft and protected from the sun.

Lunch: Kidney bean and avocado salad.

The kidney beans are high in zinc, which has healing properties and will help eliminate your spots and blemishes. Meanwhile, the avocado is loaded with healthy fatty acids that will moisturize your skin from the inside and brighten your complexion.

Dinner: Grilled salmon and baked sweet potato ‘fries’.

Salmon is an amazing source of omega 3 and more of those essential fatty acids; and besides being utterly delicious, sweet potato is rich in beta-carotene which is great for brightening your complexion.

3. Don’t be fooled by the winter sun

Don’t be fooled by the cooler temperatures or grey skies, your skin is always in need of sun protection. Most signs of aging come as a result of unprotected exposure to the sun’s harmful rays. And not only this, if you are constantly going into the sun unprotected, you are seriously putting yourself at risk of developing skin cancer. Scary stuff, so be sure to incorporate some form of SPF (preferably 30+) into your skincare.

4. De-stress

Ever wonder why presidents look so much older at the end of their term? Stress. Now you might not be the president of an entire nation, but you are the leader of your own busy life. That means you’ll inevitably encounter bouts of real stress, and it’ll begin to impact your skin.

To reduce your stress, minimize your to-do list and give yourself designated time to relax every evening. Light a few candles, enjoy a tasty healthy meal, and curl up with a good book. I like to take a few minutes to note down and let go of any frustrations. Think of your journal as a friend to hear you vent!

5. Add antioxidants to your water

Drinking water is the key to flushing out toxins that can manifest on the surface as breakouts. It’ll also keep your skin from looking tired and dehydrated, ultimately helping you prevent signs of aging.

To remind myself to keep drinking water, I keep a bottle or glass of water next to me at all times. However, in these colder months, I tend to drink more teas than plain water, as it can get pretty tiresome, and isn’t too tasty. In fact, you’ll want to add green tea to your day; as it’s high in antioxidants such as EGCG, that can reduce redness and inflammation.

What do you think about these easy healthy habits? Will you be incorporating them into your routine?

 

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