Are you cultivating the right habits to have the beautiful, healthy glowing skin you’ve always wanted? Making time for restful, fun and rejuvenating activities will not only add years to your life and support your health, it will also bring out your natural beauty from the inside out! Getting adequate sleep, relaxation, and exercise, as well as protecting yourself from harmful chemicals, all play a very important role in maintaining healthy glowing skin.
These are my top 4 lifestyle tips for radiating your best healthy glowing skin:
1. GET YOUR ZZZZ’s
Your skin accomplishes most of its rejuvenation and repair while you sleep, that’s why a good night’s sleep is so vital. In deep slumber, your body flushes out toxins and produces more proteins, which are the building blocks of healthy cells. It also produces the hormone melatonin, which acts like an antioxidant to fight age spots, acne, and fine lines, among other functions.
The most potent cellular renewal happens in deep sleep, so making sure that you get quality shut eye time is just as important as how long you sleep.
Here are a few tips for getting truly rejuvenating sleep:
Hydrate early in the day. Drinking too many liquids just before bed can result in waking up with a full bladder in the middle of the night. Instead, make sure you have plenty of water in the morning and early afternoon, less in the evening, and just some sips before bed. This will help ensure you get longer lasting deep sleep.
Create a pre-sleep ritual. Over-stimulation before bed can reduce your ability to get a deep and restful sleep. Turn off all electronics at least one hour before bed, give yourself a good foot rub with some organic lavender essential oil, rub the oil in your hands and inhale its therapeutic aroma, and take some deep breaths to fully relax. This will calm your mind and body to help you get a more restful sleep.
Repeat positive affirmations as you fall asleep. If you frequently think of the endless to-do list as you’re falling asleep, try replacing this with a mantra or positive affirmation to break the pattern and quite your mind. Take deep, full-belly breaths as you lay in bed and repeat to yourself, silently in your mind, “Restful sleep and profound relaxation.”
2. MOVE YOUR BODY
Regular exercise is extremely important and beneficial for overall health and wellness. Whether you want to slim down, boost energy, detoxify, or even feel happier, consistent physical activity can help support nearly any health goal you may have.
Exercise can also play a major role in healthy skin care. Increased circulation of oxygen and nutrients, release and flushing of toxins, muscle tone, and stress relief all combine during your exercise time to result in clearer, firmer, healthy glowing skin.
To make exercise fun, try something you’ve never tried before! If you’re used to doing yoga, try belly dance. If you’re a committed runner, try yoga or Pilates. Switching it up not only keeps things interesting, it also activates different muscle groups to keep you toned all over.
Since exercise produces sweat and natural oils that give you that ‘glowing’ appearance, don’t forget to cleanse your skin by showering after an intense workout to prevent clogged pores.
3. PROTECT AND NOURISH YOUR SKIN
Protecting yourself from things that can be harmful to your skin’s health is important for sustaining the benefits of your other skin-loving practices. You can start by becoming mindful of your environment and the products that you use.
Here are 3 ways you can better protect and nourish your skin:
Avoid too much sun. While small amounts of daily sun exposure are necessary and beneficial for the production of Vitamin D3, too much sun can be damaging to the skin. Make sure you wear sunglasses with UVA an UVB protection and hats to cover your face from direct sun. If you are planning to stay out in the sun for more than an hour (like at the beach), use an effective and safe topical zinc or titanium-based sunscreen – I like and recommend Goddess Garden Natural Sunscreen.
Choose organic skin and personal care products. It’s unfortunate that the majority of skin and personal care products today contain harsh and toxic chemicals that can be very harmful to your health. When choosing moisturizers, cleansers, soaps, shampoo & conditioner, or makeup look for a USDA Organic-certified or a NSF certified label and make sure you research the ingredients in the products you use most to confirm they are non-toxic and safe.
Beware of air pollution. You may already know that outdoor pollution and cigarette smoke are detrimental to your health and the health of your skin, but did you know that indoor pollution levels can be 2 to 5 times higher? This can lead to skin dryness, premature aging, skin rashes, allergies, acne, and eczema. Make sure you open windows to ventilate your indoor space and let in fresh air on a daily or weekly basis. Also, use a vacuum cleaner and a HEPA air filter to help purify the air in your indoor space.
4. RELAX & BE HAPPY
Have you ever noticed how people tend to look better and healthier when they’re on vacation? That’s because relaxation, lower stress levels, and lots of smiling have a healthy-fying and beautifying effect both inside and out.
Stress reduction not only improves optimal immune function to clear away potential infections, but it also contributes to hormonal balance. Since hormonal imbalance is one of the factors that can cause your skin to look thin, dull or cause breakouts, keeping stress to a minimum is vital not just for your health, but also for healthy glowing skin.
Here are some simple ways to relax more every day:
Laugh & Smile more. We all know how wonderfully contagious an authentic smile or good belly laugh can be! Yet, even if there’s nothing happening to provoke laughter or a real smile, studies show that the muscles required to form a smile actually trigger a release of serotonin and dopamine, the ‘feel-good’ hormones. So go ahead – smile more!
Breathe deeply. Simply bringing awareness to this involuntary act throughout the day, and especially when you feel stressed, can have enormous benefits for reducing your overall stress level.
Self-massage. You don’t really need a professional or even a loved one to get some of the relaxing benefits of massage – although yes, professional massages are sooo good! Massages can also be effective if you do it yourself! Use an organic aromatherapeutic body oil to rub your neck, upper shoulders, and arms, then make small circles around your spine, chest and belly, then rub your legs, and end with your feet. If you make this a part of your pre-sleep ritual, the oil will also deeply moisturize your skin while you sleep.
I hope you found these healthy glowing skin lifestyle tips valuable. If so, please share them with your friends and family so they can benefit too.
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Do you have any lifestyle tips of your own that help keep your skin radiant? Please share with us in the comments below. I love to hear from you!