When we talk of healthy skin, the first things that come to mind would be water (hydration), sleep (8-9 hours at least) and a balanced diet. But nowadays, following a good regimen of hydration, sleep and a balanced diet is not enough as environmental factors seem to creep into our very being. Stress from our busy days at work upsets the natural balance in our body and manifests itself unfortunately, in our skin. However, you can try these stress busting techniques to achieve more youthful, glowing skin:
- Deep breathing. We are always in a hurry to finish our daily chores, we never stop to consider how we breathe and how this can affect us in the long run. This attitude has led us to constantly gasp for air, where we are taking extremely short breaths. We have this notion that deep breathing should be done during exercise sessions only. It’s not often that something as basic as breathing is brought to our attention but deep breathing on a regular basis provides our blood with the needed oxygen for good circulation and mental function.
- Try shaking off the stress from your body by being active. Get up and move ever 20-30 minutes, take some deep breaths and live in the present moment and regain your composure. Ever been stuck on an idea or a problem? Instead of racking your brain to a solution try taking a short walk around the block. It not only relieves you of your anxiety, but walking also clears your mind and enables you to focus on the facts on hand and approach a task with a fresh pair of eyes.
- Keeping to a diet rich in nutrients can be difficult. Our busy days have us looking for quick fix snacks that are full of trans-fats and high in sugar. Steer clear of processed and fatty foods and get rid of refined sugars and artificial sweeteners. Pack your lunch and try clean recipes that consist of vegetables, fruits, fish and poultry, or simply make a juice or smoothie and replace it with one of your daily meals. For snacks, you can have some healthy sprouted or soaked raw almonds on hand and some fresh fruit.
- Banish the negative energy from your body as you wind up your day. Problems are a part of life and there are literally hundreds of small obstacles that we face every day. Don’t let your obstacles take control of you, it often leaves us tired, feeling helpless and frustrated. Think of the small successes that you have had for the day. There definitely are more things to be thankful for than the challenges you have had for the day. Try and write what you are grateful for in a gratitude journal before you go to bed and celebrate all the good things that you have accomplished during your day.
- Drink plenty of fluids. You should be drinking at least two litres of water every day. Water makes your skin supple. Avoid sodas as they are packed with lots of sugar. As a replacement for soda, look for organic coconut water, not only will it rehydrate you but your skin will benefit from all the great fats and nutrients.
- Never miss out on sleep. Sleep is the best relaxant for the body especially for the skin. As we fall into deep sleep, the detoxification process starts and this is where the toxins of our body find its way towards our excretory system. If we do not complete a full night’s sleep, the reconstruction process in the body is not finished and we tend to feel lethargic when we wake up. For added detox try drinking 2 glasses of water before bed. This will allow the previous days toxins to be flushed out of your system when you wake up.
The skin is the largest organ of the body. It works as a great indicator of health. Our skin is in direct correlation to our daily routines and what we eat and how we treat our bodies. Sometimes we overlook how important it is to keep our skin looking great. Hopefully these tips may help you in some way shape or form. We would love to hear some more tips, please leave us a comment below.
As always, stay safe, live well, fully and in the moment – embrace life!