You’ve heard the old saying: Skin is a window into our overall health. What happens on skin’s surfaceâ€”dryness, breakouts, wrinklesâ€”can be a symptom of what’s going on in your bod, be it inflammation, hormonal changes, or nutritional issues. Treat skin from the inside and you’ll reap some great outer rewards, too.
Eat, Drink, Glow
The only cleanse your skin needs is the one you do at your bathroom sink. Load up on anti-inflammatory foods such as walnuts, salmon, or antioxidant-rich vegetables and fruits like broccoli and berries.
Increase your water intake, too. Skin cells don’t function optimally under dehydrated conditions. Sipping isn’t the only way to get your H2O: Cauliflower is 92 percent water, and cucumber has even more, plus a dose of vitamin K, which may help reduce broken capillaries.
Pop the Right Pills
In a perfect world, we eat healthy all the time. But because we’re only human, sometimes we tend to binge-eat and load ourselves up with junk. Therefore, to make sure that we’ll get enough nutrition, consider these three daily supplements. The first is a probioticâ€”good bacteria that help balance the microorganisms in your digestive system, which makes for happy skin. Remember to take the supplement on an empty stomach!
The other two are omega-3 EPA (fish oil) and gamma linolenic acid (GLA), an omega-6 fatty acid found in black currant and borage seed oils. These anti-inflammatories also strengthen skin’s barrier, keeping moisture in and irritants out. Take 600 milligrams of EPA and 70 milligrams of GLA daily.
Take a Nap
Poor sleep has been linked to the shortening of telomeres, protective structures that surround your DNA. Research suggests that the longer your telomeres, the longer the visible signs of ageing stay away. Plus, a sleepy body pumps out less human growth hormone, which helps keep skin plump. Need assistance falling asleep? TryÂ sniffing calming lavender.MYNEWSHUB