For years, the collective consensus on having clear, youthful skin depended on which topical skincare products you were using. Now, people are becoming hip to the idea that skin health is largely dependent on what you put in your body. Here are my tips for keeping your skin radiant from the inside out.
Drink lots of water
The general rule of thumb is to drink half your body weight in ounces of water per day (150lbs=75 ounces of water). I suggest to my patients to drink two cups of water as the first thing they do when they wake up. Your digestive enzymes have not been stimulated yet, so this is the perfect time to hydrate your system.
Limit Sugar and Dairy intake (and greasy foods!)
You are what you eat, or rather, you look like what you eat! I’m sure we can all remember hearing as teenagers, “Don’t eat pizza! It’ll give you acne.” Yup, all that grease and dairy is not doing your skin any favors. I, personally, get dermatitis around my mouth whenever I have cow’s milk dairy. Not fun!! Sugar is one of the most inflammatory foods, and chronic inflammation creates enzymes that break down your skin’s natural collage and elastin.
Pass on the alcohol
Over a decade ago, I remember reading somewhere that Jennifer Lopez does not drink ANY alcohol to keep her skin looking radiant. At the time, I thought that was so extreme and overkill. But having cut out alcohol from my life the past several years, I’ve noticed a big difference in my skin. Even a few drinks per week can make your skin look puffy and drawn.
Supplement with Collagen and Vitamin C
Collagen is found in your skin’s connective tissue and decreases significantly as we age. Vitamin C assists in collagen synthesis and is also a powerful antioxidant. Supplement with these two each day and you’ll see changes within a couple months. I am a fan of Vital Protein’s Collagen.
Dry brushing exfoliates, removes dead skin, stimulates the flow of lymph, and helps improve circulation. It is best to dry brush in the morning, versus right before bed, because it can be slightly energizing. Start by brushing at your feet and move towards your heart. Then, move to your hands and up your arms to your heart.
Use skincare products that are free of harmful chemicals
I could make your head spin with a list a hundred items long of things you should avoid in your skincare products, but instead I’m going to let you in on my go-to tool for choosing safe products: www.ewg.org/skindeep . The Environmental Watch Group has this fabulous website called Skin Deep. They have gone through thousands of skin, beauty, and hair products and rated them based on the safety of their ingredients.
Here are a few of my favorite products:
Night Cream: Derm-E Vitamin C Cream
Deodorant: Schmidt’s (I like the cedarwood and juniper scent)
Tinted Moisturizer: MyChelle Sun Shield
Face Wash: SUKI Active Daily Radiance
Eye Cream: MyChelle Perfect C Eye Cream
I am almost embarrassed to say, but my go-to exfoliant is…baking soda! Once per week, I sprinkle a little in my hands with water, and gently exfoliate my face. Makes your skin oh-so-soft. Avoid if you are normally sensitive to baking soda. I like Alba Botanica exfoliant scrub for body.
Get your sweat on
Sweating is one of our bodies natural detoxifying methods. Not everyone has time, or the energy, for a sweat inducing workout. Hanging out in a sauna for 20 minutes once per week is a great alternative.
“You look tired!” Don’t you love hearing that? Not! Lack of sleep shows up in our skin making it dull and less taught. Aim for 8 hours of restful sleep per night.
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