What so many people don’t realize is not just that their overall health is intrinsically linked to the health of their skin, but also that your skin acts much like a window to what’s happening internally within your body. How your skin looks at any given moment can be an indicator of whether or not you’re generally healthy, or you’re experiencing internal health problems.
What’s also interesting to realize is that so many of the lifestyle changes that are good for your skin are also going to make a tremendous impact on your health holistically. You can’t have healthy skin without a healthy body and vice versa.
The following are 5 of the most important lifestyle changes that will improve the look of your skin, but also go deeper than that.
Choose the Foods You Eat Carefully
It’s common knowledge that your diet plays a role in every system of your body as well as your general feeling of well-being, but what you eat also shows on your skin. Many people will spend enormous amounts of money on external skincare products, but they don’t realize that what they’re fueling their body with may be the culprit in their skin problems. Foods that tend to be good for your skin (as well as your heart and other bodily systems) include colorful fruits and vegetables, healthy fats such as those found in nuts and fish, and lean proteins.
Protect Yourself with Sunscreen
You don’t just need to wear sunscreen when you’re planning a trip to the beach. Damaging ultraviolet rays are reaching your skin every day, so you should be wearing adequate protection everyday as well. Choose a high-level SPF and make it part of your daily routine to put it on each and every day. Along with your face, don’t forget areas like your lips, ears, hands and feet if they’ll be exposed.
If you want healthy skin as well as a healthy overall body, it’s important that you stay hydrated, and fruit juices and sodas aren’t going to do the trick. If you add more water to your daily routine, you’re likely to see positive changes in your skin that also probably mean good things are happening inside your body as well.
Establish a Good Skincare Routine
A good skincare routine doesn’t mean you’re spending hundreds of dollars on fancy creams. Rather, just make sure you’re cleansing your skin each evening to remove toxins and impurities both from the products you wear, as well as toxins in the environment. Take a day each week to give yourself a bit of pampering, from properly caring for your feet to using a scrub to remove dead skin. Not only will this help you look and feel better, but it can also be a good time to check for potential skin irregularities or problems that could indicate a larger issue.
Visit a Dermatologist Regularly
One mistake many people make when it comes to the health of their skin is only visiting a dermatologist when they suspect a problem. Instead of waiting until you spot an issue, make a visit to the dermatologist an annual routine.
With the tips above you can become healthier, while also enjoying the benefits of better skin.
Amila Gamage Wickramarachchi is the founder of this blog where she shares her parenting and lifestyle experiences. She is an engineer and a trainer who works in the construction industry. She is the founder of Sihela Consultants.(www.sihelaconsultants.com)