What does healthy skin look like to you? Is it smooth and unblemished? Vibrant and moisturized? With the upcoming winter months ahead, it’s no surprise that November would be designated National Healthy Skin Month. There are a number of influences that can impact your skin health. Everything from sun exposure to what you eat can cause anything from acne breakouts to inflammation. Here are 3 essential tips for National Healthy Skin Month to help keep your skin healthy this winter and all year round!
1.) Eat smart foods- There is a huge variety of healthy, antioxidant-rich foods you can eat to contribute to healthy skin and reduce absorption of free radicals. Free radicals cause signs of aging like wrinkles and dry skin, tissue damage, and some skin diseases. Healthy skin-boosting foods can especially be found in colorful fruits and vegetables. Eating foods that are rich in vitamin A, C, E, Omega 3’s and selenium can go a long way towards providing you with healthier, more vibrant skin as well as a multitude of other wellness benefits.
2.) Hydrate often- Drinking water is one of the best things you can do to keep your skin in shape. Water helps aid your cells in absorbing nutrients, eliminating toxins and helping with healthy blood flow. In general, you should try to drink between half an ounce and an ounce of water for each pound you weigh, every day. For example, if you weigh 150 pounds, that would be 75 to 150 ounces of water a day. Green tea can also work wonders for your skin by stopping inflammation and even helping prevent sun burn. Best of all, staying well hydrated contributes to weight loss and makes for a great, natural energy booster.
3.) Stress less– Stress is a huge contributor to skin problems like acne and wrinkles. Stress causes a chemical response in your body that makes skin more sensitive and reactive. It can also make it harder for existing skin problems to heal. Stress also causes your body to produce cortisol which not only can produce more rashes and breakouts, but also increases the cravings for fatty, salty foods which can further wreak havoc on your skin as well as make you feel lethargic and low energy. Practicing stress management techniques such as breathing exercises, yoga, and meditation can help as well as making time to relax during hectic days. Also, getting regular exercise helps reduce stress and is good for your skin as well as the rest of your body.
National Healthy Skin Month is not just about skincare tips and sunblock. This month is also dedicated to keeping people well informed on serious skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis and skin cancer. If you want to learn more about National Healthy Skin Month or what foods to eat for healthy skin, please contact Right Nutrition Works today!
Prajakta Apte, RDN is a Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist who works with individuals who want to be more conscious about their health but who may struggle with knowing what’s accurate and want to have a complete makeover by learning how to transform their understanding of nutrition and health. By doing so, they can be more confident about their nutritional health and be known as experts in health and nutrition among their tribe.
Prajakta Apte, RDN
Right Nutrition Works
18789 N Reems Rd, Suite 260-I
Surprise AZ 85374
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