The human skin grows from the inside out. We spend lots of time and money to nourish and care from the outside skin. But, all this will be in vain if we do not care, protect and nourish the skin from the inside.
Here is how:
Drink enough water
Water is most vital for a clear and healthy skin. Water hydrates and cleanses it from the inside. Drink at least 8 glasses of water per day, preferably purified water. Remember, hydrated skin looks plump, healthy and glowing.
Eat fresh vegetables and fruit
Vegetables and fruit are very good for your skin, providing essential phytonutrients.
Make sure you get sufficient essential fatty acids
The body needs fat. Without it the skin will look dull and lifeless. Good-quality fats like the omega fats are the building blocks for healthy cells. Therefore, make sure you include these good fats in your diet. Good sources are fish, nuts, seeds and cold-pressed oils.
Limit refined carbohydrates
Excess sugar and refined foods, such as cakes, biscuits, and confectionery are not good for your skin and can even slow the whole body’s healing system. Limit your intake and make sure you include good sources of protein to help balance blood-sugar levels that can lead to sweet cravings.
Get enough exercise
A good workout, even if it is just a brisk walk, will make you sweat to eliminate toxins from the skin. The increased blood flow will also bring nourishment out into the skin and encourages your skin to breathe. This will give your skin a healthy glow.
Take an antioxidant
The modern world we live in exposes our bodies to pollution, excessive radiation exposure, like computers, inadequate diets, overworking, etc. Therefore, it is imperative to supply your body with optimal nutrition by taking a good quality antioxidant that supplies natural vitamins and minerals at optimal levels.
Manage your stress levels
Stress is part of life - you cannot get away from it. However, when stress turns to anxiety and worry, it starts to affect your health and skin. When you are under excess stress this affects your hormonal system, which often triggers skin problems and sensitivities, as well as lowering your immune system. Strain and worry is also worn on your face, so, the best is to relax. Take time out, relax and nurture yourself.
Get enough sleep
Sleep in very important for good health. Sleep is nature’s way to repair damaged tissues and during the sleep cycle there is a surge of your growth hormone, which stimulates cell renewal. Therefore, make sure you get enough sleep; at least 7 to 8 hours per night.