As the Christmas decorations come down and all of the leftovers are eaten, thoughts turn to shifting the extra weight we all piled on over the festive season.
Now's the time to get back on track and start the healthy living habits...
Here are some of the wonders that healthy living can do for your skin:
Hydration: As we have previously talked about here, drinking lots of water isn’t always enough to keep your skin hydrated. After working up a good sweat the need for hydration increases. To help keep hydrated remember to include healthy fats in your diet from sources such as avocados, coconut and fresh fish. Fats in the outer layer of the skin work to trap in moisture and keep you looking your best.
Sugar and skin: We recently discussed the problems that too much sugar can pose to your skin in our Sayonara to Sugar blog. Sugars cause inflammation across the body, leaving your skin more prone to spots and clogged pores. It can also dry out normally healthy and hydrated skin. If that wasn’t bad enough, sugar molecules break down the collagen and elastin fibres that keep your skin looking young, deepening lines and wrinkles. Eating a balanced diet and avoiding added sugars can make a huge difference to the skin, not just the waistline.
Sweat your way to great looking skin: There are a number of ways in which exercise can help keep your skin looking radiant and beautiful. Exercise makes your heart work overtime, pumping nutrients and oxygen rich blood throughout the body and the skin, giving you that post-workout glow. Exercise also reduces levels of the stress hormone cortisol which is thought to affect the amount of oil produced by the sebaceous glands. This oil can mix with dead skin cells, blocking pores and leading to breakouts. Sweat can do wonders for your skin, by releasing trace amounts of toxins from your body, it support the function of the liver and kidneys to keep your skin looking its best.
Managing side effects: For those with very sensitive skin, prone to eczema, rosacea or acne, it’s important to give your skin a little extra care. Wearing clean and sweat wicking clothes for a workout can do wonders for those who have dry skin. After a workout, the sweat on your skin will dry naturally, pulling moisture out of the skin and into the air. Not only does wearing the right active wear prevent your skin drying out, it also has the added benefit of preventing exercise related acne caused by yeast reacting to hot and damp clothing on the skin. For women, the upper back and shoulders are often affected by this from wearing a sports bra. Using a gentle anti-yeast cleanser like pyrithione zinc before exercising can helps to prevent and treat this annoying variety of acne.
Most importantly, exercise and healthy living can make you feel happier and overall less stressed, which has numerous benefits not only for your skin but your body as a whole. So make sure to make good choices, use our tips to help your skin be the best it can be.
For more tips and advice book in for a skin consultation on 01708 922 205