Healthy eating and exercise are working on your body, but did you know they also play a role in your skin?
Eating healthy foods gives your skin the vitamins and nutrients it needs to be its best. Regular exercise, meanwhile, promotes circulation, which benefits not only your heart but also your skin.
As the winter months drag on, here are some other things you can do to make sure that healthy glow continues year-round.
Sleep and relaxation: A good night’s sleep not only reduces puffy eyes in the morning, but also helps keep your skin in top condition. Studies have shown that lack of sleep can lead to dull skin, fine lines and dark circles under your eyes because of how it affects collagen and hormones. This goes hand-in-hand with relaxation. If you can find ways to reduce stress, whether through meditation, a favorite hobby or your exercise routine, the evidence will show up in your skin.
Here’s a good quick relaxation strategy: Place your hand on your stomach and feel how it rises and falls with each breath. Sitting up or lying down, breathe in, count to three and then breathe out. Count to three again and then breathe in. Do this for a minute and feel how your body relaxes.
Hydration: Inside and out, hydration is key. Pay attention to drinking water throughout the day, but also make sure to hydrate skin in these dry months with serums and creams that will penetrate the layers of skin and plump and smooth it.
Cleaning and exfoliation: Washing your face each night should be part of your regular routine, whether you’ve worn makeup that day or not. Wash off the dirt, oil and pollution with a gentle cleanser and exfoliate away dead skin cells with a gentle scrub or by making upward circles with your washcloth. Follow with a toner and moisturizer.