Beyond supplementation, there are a host of lifestyle practices that can help keep skin healthy and looking its absolute best.
Dry skin brushing:
I've been talking a lot about facial skin, but, of course, the face is only a small portion of your body's dermis! To make every pore glow from neck to toe, try brushing your body with a natural bristle brush or loofah mitt each day before bathing. The brushing increases circulation and sloughs off dead skin cells through exfoliation, giving skin a radiant appearance. The circulatory benefits also help your body eliminate toxins for overall better health.
Regular, vigorous exercise also supports healthy circulation and detoxification, with visible benefits for the skin. When you engage in aerobic activity such as brisk walking, jogging, cycling, hiking, swimming, or aerobic classes, it supports all of your elimination mechanisms at the same time. As heart and perspiration rates increase, you sweat and breathe more heavily and deeply. Blood and lymph circulation are improved. Exercise also stimulates the bowels to eliminate. Moreover, it releases endorphins that make you feel happier and less stressed. The skin takes on a rosy glow that no make-up artist could duplicate!
If you aren't well rested, your skin will let the world know, because your face will appear pale, drawn, and blemished. Sleep is when most of the body’s “repair work” and maintenance are completed. Thus, getting deep sleep is essential for maintaining beautiful skin. While you sleep, blemishes are being healed and new skin cells regenerated. In fact, I think that there’s nothing more restorative for our bodies than getting ample sleep, night after night. Research suggests that even one or two nights of sufficient sleep (experts recommend eight hours) can lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol more than a number of other stress-management techniques combined.
Scientists are finding that meditation helps keep us wrinkle-free and healthy. That’s right! Researchers have discovered myriad benefits to the ancient practice of meditation, many of which have a direct impact on skin health. Meditation can increase relaxation, lower blood pressure, decrease pain, and reduce secretion of stress hormones, including adrenaline and noradrenaline.
The skin is one of the body's four elimination channels. In Ayurvedic and Chinese medical traditions, one of the first things that practitioners want to know is whether a patient is having regular bowel movements, urinating, and sweating. This is important because these processes are the body's ways of eliminating wastes and toxins. Once toxins have been released into the blood and neutralized by the liver, they must be eliminated safely from the body, otherwise they may become reabsorbed. If your body is not properly detoxifying, your skin will suffer with clogged pores, blemishes, oiliness, and other damage.
Heat therapy and infrared saunas:
In these times of water and airborne pollution, toxic chemicals, heavy metals, and poor dietary and exercise habits, the therapeutic internal cleansing of regular sweating is critical to maintaining a healthy body and glowing skin. The easiest key to a good sweat is a sauna. Regular, effective, whole-body detoxification through taking far infrared saunas boosts the body’s ability to detoxify, leading to significant and lasting health benefits.
It may seem cliché to "stop and smell the roses" more, but research demonstrates time and again that simple pleasures can decrease our stress considerably and bring a youthful vitality. Unmanaged stress increases free radicals in your body, including in your skin, which then increases wrinkles and photoaging. Reveling in life’s simple pleasures at least once a day will not only keep stress and wrinkles at bay, but will also will enrich your life immeasurably.
The information provided is for educational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or qualified healthcare provider with any questions or concerns about your health. Check with your doctor before beginning any exercise program. Never disregard or delay seeking medical advice because of something you have heard or read in this article or the internet.