Caring for my skin is a passion I developed in my late 30’s when I started to notice changes on my face.
I wanted to keep radiant, healthy-looking skin for as long as possible, so I started to research in-depth about the complexity of our skin. I wanted to find the best tips for maintaining healthy skin.
Our skin is a powerful reflection of what’s happening inside of our bodies. Keep reading to learn the best tips for how to create beautiful, softer, young-looking skin at any age.
Looking after your skin is a complex process focusing on detox, exfoliation, cleansing and healing, nourishing, balance, and finally, radiance and maintenance.
Unfortunately, many of us are only concerned with the outside part, which is definitely not enough. I’ve said it too many times, using all the best nourishing creams available will not complete the job.
You may achieve small temporary results, but we need to see the big picture and help those amazing creams as much as possible.
A healthy outer glow depends on a healthy internal body first, and secondly, the pampering process. It is also essential, what we put on our skin is equally important as what we put inside our bodies. Following a set of tips for healthy skin inside and out is key.
For most of us, one of the most disturbing signs of the menopause is the accompanying physical changes in our skin, with the loss of collagen, dryness, increase sensitivity, and skin thinning.
Our skin protective barrier drops and gets weaker at this time, making our skin more vulnerable to environmental aggressors. This is when the already existing fine lines seem to morph into deeper wrinkles, and the density of the skin decreases.
The result – loss of overall facial volume and drawn, gaunt look.
The health of our skin, hair, and nails and our energy and vitality in the coming weeks/years is all down to how we eat, sleep, breathe, move, and what we use in terms of beauty cosmetics.
There is nothing sexier than a confident woman who looks fit and is glowing from the inside out. Don’t you think so?
FACTORS AND TIPS FOR HEALTHY SKIN DURING THE AGING PROCESS
# Sun Damage and Poor Skincare
Most of us love sunshine, especially if you’re like me, living in a place where we don’t get as much as we would like.
Sun is an essential form of Vitamin D, vital for bones, and a lake of sunshine can trigger seasonal affective disorder, which is a form of depression.
However, exposure to too much sun can have a serious impact on our skin.
80% of skin damage – wrinkles, skin texture, freckles, age spots, spider veins are caused by the sun.
Have you ever experience sunburn?
It is a burn similar to a boiling water burn, causing tissue destruction and developing skin cancer risks.
- Wear sunblock with a sun protection factor (SPF) at least 15, every day, on your hands, face, and other exposed body parts even in winter.
- Avoid the sun as much as possible between 11 am and 3 pm – the time when the sun’s rays are most intense.
- Love sun-holidays? Yes, we all do, but please remember to cover yourself up for maximum protection. Wear a wide-brimmed hat and cool fabrics, long sleeves.
- Protect your eyes with sunglasses.
Of course, you want to tan, but if you’re not protected you could end up looking like a piece of burnt toast, not a good look.
Put cream everywhere, even on your toes, and make sure you rub it well into your skin regularly.
TIP: Don’t leave the skin protection products lying around in the sun. Cosmetics don’t like high temperatures.
# Genetic Tendency
As each person’s genetic program is different, so too, their skin aging rate. This explains why some age less visibly than others.
While we can’t stop this process, we can preventively reduce its consequences and keep our skin healthier and good-looking for longer.
# Poor Diet
Poor diet and deficiency in protein essential, fatty acids and antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins also contribute to our overall health and skin appearance.
Well-balanced meals look after both your general health and your waistline.
Your individual energy (calorie) requirements vary depending on your age, metabolic rate, and not ultimately on your activity and exercise level.
To eat well, we need to ensure that we get the right quantity and quality of our calories.
Our need for energy or calories reduces as we age. This means that if we want to prevent weight gain and keep ourselves healthy, we need to eat less, but our vitamins and minerals require remain largely.
In fact, we need more protein and the same amount of vitamins and minerals as we always did.
Stress, in small doses, is good for you because those nervous feelings may help improve memory and enhance performance. However, there are times when we have to face situations and challenges we cannot change.
Those situations have the power to damage us physically and emotionally. Still, rather than wanting things to be different, we need to accept them and put our energy into gathering resources needed to respond to these challenges and regain focus in our life.
* Hormone Imbalance
Hormones are a powerful part of who we are as women.
* Environmental Stress, Smoking, Chemical Exposure, Processed Foods, Medication
- Recognize the stressors in your life and think about how to manage them;
- Use only natural/clean beauty cosmetics;
- Avoid processed foods and eat nutrient-dense foods packed with vitamins and minerals;
- Cigarettes are major culprits in skin aging, with many studies proving that smokers have more wrinkles than non-smokers.
* Detoxification Function
The skin is the final route of elimination in the detoxification process, and overburdened liver, kidneys, and gastrointestinal system may lead to skin problems.
14 FOOD’S FOR HEALTHY SKIN
Our skin is the mirror of our health, and we need to start reading the message that our skin is transmitting to us when its health is not optimal. Check out the tips below for healthy skin.
#1- Plant Base
Raw plant foods should be the majority of the meal and always go in the body first.
#2- Quality Over Quantity
Buy the best quality fruit, vegetables, fish, and poultry you can ( organic, willed, free-range, local).
#3- Water is the Substance of Life
Wash your fruits and veggie with filter water or Kangen pH 11.5 water.
Every chemical reaction in our body must occur in water. For optimal health, cellular hydration is crucial—our skin glow when we are optimal hydrates. Is highly recommended to use at least an Alkaline Water Filter.
#4- Review Your Shopping List
Refined carbs in the form of refined, processed starch, or artificial sugars are off the menu.
#5- It is Nothing Beautiful in Dairy
Apart from natural unsweetened organic yogurt or Greek yogurt, dairy needs to be avoided for beautiful, healthy skin. Aim for the nut or almond milk, coconut milk, quinoa, hemp, and rice milk.
Soya milk is not on my good list, as is used as a milk substitute and oat milk containing gluten.
#6- Eat Only When You are Hungry
Avoid eating your breakfast if you don’t feel hungry the first time in the morning immediately after waking up just ”because it is breakfast time”, wait until you are genuinely hungry.
#7- Feed Your Body with Life
During the day, feed your body with plant foods. Include green drinks ( aim to drink at least one mainly vegetable juice every day), water – and fiber-filled salads, veggies, and fruits.
#8- Clean Protein
Add to your diet, vegetarian protein powder like rice protein, hemp protein, pea, and sprouted grain protein blends.
My favorite brands and best recommendations are Promix Nutrition and Previnex.
#9- Limit your Salt Intake
However, if you train or exercise intensely every day or have low blood pressure or extreme fatigue, you can use some Himalayan sea salt.
#10- Cleanse Your Body on an Ongoing Basis
#11- Healthy Colon
It is essential to incorporate probiotics, digestive enzymes, and magnesium-oxygen supplements.
The more raw food we eat, the more toxicity gets kicked up, to keep our colon clean and healthy.
#12- Smart Breakfast
Use whole soaked flax seeds as part of your morning breakfast.
Soak two tablespoons of flaxseeds overnight in approximately 1-inch water over the seeds.
#13- Good Fats
Treat yourself with delicious nut butter such as peanut butter made from healthier nuts, almond, walnut, brazil nut, or even pumpkin seed butter.
#14- Avoid Dairy, Opt for Soya or Almond Milk with Your breakfast Porridge
Use water or non-dairy milk ( mentioned above). Soak your grains overnight to save your morning cooking time. Once your porridge is ready, add your flax seeds, favorites fruits, unsweetened coconut flakes per your choice.
If you feel the need for a sweetening flavor, add sweet spices such as cinnamon powder, Stevia, Xylitol, or mixed spice.
- Do your best to get out of the bad eating habits and foods filled with synthetic additives and refined sugars.
- Stick to wholesome, traditional, and unprocessed ingredients.
- Eat quality vegetables and fruits, nuts, and seeds, and treat yourself with dark chocolate (70% cocoa).
- Keep your fluid intake high with pure, filtered water, and enjoy your cup of coffee, tea, or even your glass of wine in the evening but try not to overdo it.
- If you’re heading out to a party, you may want to know that clear spirits are the purest for the skin, so vodka mixed with fresh juice is by far your best choice, with plenty of water alongside.
To keep your skin radiant and fresh, try to make these healthy habits part of your life and not just for a couple of weeks. I hope you enjoyed reading the best tips for healthy skin.