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Despite what beauty brands try to tell you, your skin health mostly depends on your inner health. Your diet, habits and environment play a decisive your role on all the parts of your body including, of course, your skin. So here are 5 lifestyle skin tips to improve your skin's health (without products):
1. Keep a Whole-Food, Plant-Based Diet
Many studies have evidenced the benefits of a whole-food, plant-based diet for keeping a healthy skin and preventing skin ageing and damage (Solway et al 2020; visit article). Keeping a diet without processed food and based in fruits and vegetables maximises the antioxidant potential within our cells by providing essential vitamins and polyphenols, including vitamin A, C, E, flavonoids and phenols. It helps to eliminate harmful carcinogens within our bloodstream and prevents cellular damage.
2. Have a Massage
Massages have many benefits for the skin, it can help improve circulation; which helps your skin to have an overall flow and will improve the look and feel of your skin. It gently exfoliates the skin as regular massages help reduce the build up of dead skin cells on your skin surface. Moreover, it can also help tighten your skin and reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles by relaxing the facial muscles and promoting skin regeneration.
3. Manage your stress
Stress affects the skin in many different ways, you can read our blog post on the effects of stress here , but in summary, it unbalances your skin making it itchy, oily, dry and looking dull and tired. Although the effect of stress in skincare can be different for each person, it is known to be damaging for everyone. In order to fight stress, going for a walk, exercising and meditating can be really helpful.
4. Healthy Sleep Patterns
One of the most important skin tips is to have healthy sleep patterns. You can always tell when someone has slept roughly just by looking at them. If you don't have a restful sleep, the skin looses its ability to protect itself. The skin becomes puffy and dark circles and bags appear when the body is unable to rejuvenate at night and accumulates water. It is also important to follow your circadian rythm; the rythm of your body in order to have regenerating sleep.
5. Don't Use Soap or Traditional Face Wash
By using soap or traditinal cleansers, the natural oils of your skin are stripped off, therefore removing its natural barrier, which makes the skin dry and irritated. The skin's natural oils are then replaced with moisturisers and lotions that contain emollients, fragrances, allergens and preservatives. To compensate what has been stripped away, the skin will try to rebalance by overproducting oils, which can cause breakouts, acne or oily skin. It can also trigger allergies and skin reactions since the skin is left unprotected. If you want to know more, check out this blog post.
Did you already knew all these skin tips? Let us know in the comments! If you are interested we'll make more blog post on skin nutrition and integrative approach to having a healthy skin. At Qualia, we believe in a minimalistic and holistic approach to your skincare.