Breaking It Down: 5 Lifestyle Factors That Affect Your Skin Health

External skin care is important. However, there are times when you fail to observe a change in your skin, even when you’ve adopted a new skincare routine. Or tried out a new line of skincare products. If you feel like you’ve been doing everything right but still experiencing problems with your skin, it may boil down to your lifestyle. It’s perhaps time to review your lifestyle habits as these greatly impact your skin.

Here are a few common lifestyle factors that can affect our skin:

1. Nutrition Affects Your Lifestyle

“Der Mensch ist, was er ißt.”

– Ludwig Andreas Feuerbach

“Man is what he/she eats.” This usually refers to the correlation between our physical fitness and diet, but can apply to our physical appearance as well. If you have been keeping up with our previous posts (props to you), you should know that what goes on inside shows up on the outside. Skin health is not only dependent on your skincare routine but also what you eat.

The secret to healthy, glowing skin is simple. Since the skin is the largest organ and also the last to receive nutrients, eating a diet rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and phytonutrients will ensure that it receives the nutrients it deserves!

Don’t forget to hydrate too! Not drinking enough every day may lead to dehydration which aggravates any current skin condition and also cause dry and flaky skin.

2. Stress Does, Too.

Ever noticed how whatever we experience in our life seems to show on our face? When we’re constantly stressed out, we can expect acne and dark eye circles. These dreaded symptoms are caused by the release of stress-related hormones. One of these that really wreaks havoc on our skin? Cortisol.

Cortisol is a natural hormone that helps the body deal with stress and is harmless in small amounts. It serves as a short-term coping mechanism. In excess, though? It exacerbates many skin issues such as acne, eczema and psoriasis. Stress can also compromise the skin’s barrier function, resulting in water loss. If our skin loses its ability to retain water, it becomes dehydrated, ultimately resulting in aging skin.

While stress is inevitable, there are some simple and effective ways to help our body and skin better deal with it.

Some ways include:

– Getting adequate, or plenty of sleep daily
– Try exercises such as yoga or meditation
– Exercise regularly
– Eat plenty of healthy foods and drink lots of water

3. Exercise… or Lack Thereof

The next time you’re working out (#fitspo #fitfam anyone?), remember that the benefits of exercise go beyond keeping you in shape or adding muscle tone. It also keeps your skin younger looking!

Increased blood flow during exercise helps flush cellular debris out of your skin. During exercise, the tiny arteries in your skin open up, allowing more blood to reach the skin’s surface and deliver nutrients. These repair damage from the sun and environmental pollutants, and rev up collagen production and plump up wrinkles.

Don’t let your efforts go to waste! If you prefer working out outdoors, ensure that you apply sunscreen as prolonged sun exposure can actually take away the benefits of the exercise.

4. Sleep

Not catching up them ZZZ’s can do a surprising number on your skin. When you deprive yourself of sleep, you’re actually depriving your brain, body and skin, of nourishment, as sleep can be seen as food for the body. With enough rest, your brain gets rid of 60% more toxins when you get the proper amount of sleep, and with proper rest, not only do you feel more refreshed when you get up, your skin also gets more #glowing in the morning.

The results of not getting enough rest include your skin getting dehydrated due to an imbalance of PH levels, dark circles and under eye-bags. Not getting enough sleep decreases the moisture levels of your skin and lowers your complexion’s pH levels, which why you maybe have noticed that your skin looks less glowy and youthful.

5. Habits

We all love a good cocktail now and then. However, most drinkers fail to realize how much alcohol can affect our health and skin.

Alcohol induces inflammation throughout your body (and skin, of course) and dehydration is just one booboo it causes. Dullness, enlarged pores, sagging, fine lines and lacklustre skin are some other symptoms that can result in the skin.

When taken excessively, it also alters blood flow to the skin and leaves an unhealthy appearance for days. This is caused by the widening of small blood vessels in the skin which allows more blood to flow close to the surface. This is why you usually find your face flushed and warm.

Another vice: Cigarettes. Cigarettes contain nicotine which causes thinning of the blood vessels. Chronic smokers more often than not look older than their actual age as nicotine causes a reduction in oxygen supply. This accelerates the ageing process, thus causing the skin to look duller.

If you’re looking to have glowing and flawless skin, make sure you follow a good skincare routine and remember: Moderation is key. Adopting a healthy lifestyle goes a long way in maintaining not just a healthier body, but also healthier skin!



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