1. Nutrient-Dense Diet
“We are what we eat” and it certainly shows on your skin. Eliminating or limiting white carbs, processed sugar, alcohol, smoking, and often dairy, will support the skin to thrive. Replace these with a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables, organic meat, and wild-caught fish – or increase them if already eating them. Not only will it give your skin cells energy to do their job, but it will also increase your body’s energy and vitality. If you fall off the wagon, don’t be harsh on yourself – get back onto it and take each day as it comes.
2. Beauty sleep
Getting deep, restful sleep is so critical. Without enough sleep, our cells can’t repair, detox, or regenerate, and this shows initially on our skin. Choose your conversations and activities wisely a couple of hours before you go to bed – this allows your body to wind down and prepare for sleep.
There are endless benefits from exercise. So, keep moving. Times are challenging and most of us are lacking motivation. Find yourself an exercise buddy and commit to daily activity. Your body and your mental health will thank you. Take a few walks throughout the day to keep your mood up. Yoga is great for your body and your soul. We suggest you check this yoga girl out and see what you think. Gentle exercises and meditation will also help keep cortisol down.
Considering that we’re coming out of winter and have had a lack of sun exposure, we suggest you supplement with vitamin D as it plays an important role in strengthening our immunity. The intake of wild-caught fish is also beneficial for increasing the levels of vitamin D in your body. Similarly, Zinc and Vitamin C are involved in supporting our immunity. You’ll find these in colorful fruits, vegetables, and nuts. Last, but not least, Magnesium and Vitamin B Complex support your nervous system, as well as many other of the body’s systems. Remember to love your gut. Feed it with fiber, and pre and probiotics. Choose your food wisely. ‘The food you eat can be either the safest and most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison.
5. Hydration Water is important for bringing nutrients into your cells and detoxifying your body. Our body consists of 60% of water, so you’ll understand the importance of keeping it at the optimal levels. Doing so will keeping your bowel movements regular, reduce headaches, migraines, fogginess, and muscle cramping. Increase water intake to 2-2.5 liters per day. Keep a water bottle (BPA-free) with you all the time and sip away.
6. Correct Skincare Prescription Everyone’s skin is different and needs different things at different times. So, having the correct ingredients in your skincare can make all the difference. Antioxidants, oils, vitamins, actives, ceramides, and phospholipids are all essential ingredients to support your skin. Particularly important is a good sunscreen – the best preventative for premature aging. Also, many of us are struggling with “maskne” – an overgrowth of bacteria on your skin, accentuated by wearing masks. Make sure you get it treated before it gets out of control. You can also support your skin with professional at-home “Skin Fix Facial” or “Home Roller” kits, from Sanctum, that will help your skin regenerate while in lockdown.
7. Keep Stress in Check – We all have to deal with stress, but when it escalates for a period of time, it can make the skin sensitive, trigger breakouts and other histamine reactions.
Manage your stress by setting reasonable expectations for yourself, being realistic about what you can get done, scaling down your ‘to-do list, making time for YOU and the things that bring you joy. Be mindful that stress can aggravate your skin and overall health.
The app “1 Giant Mind” is an awesome app for meditation. Learning breathing techniques can be helpful. We suggest the 4-7-8 breathing technique for your daily routine. This technique is also known as “relaxing breath,” and involves breathing in for 4 seconds, holding the breath for 7 seconds, and exhaling for 8 seconds. This breathing pattern aims to reduce anxiety or help people to relax. Do it morning and night, and if you feel overwhelmed throughout the day.