Our skin is a reflection of everything going on inside our bodies and our minds...it reflects what you eat, drink, do, and feel.
There are things we can do to provide a foundation of health and stability that will help us weather the impacts we have less control on (hormones, pollution, pandemic stress, genetics) and their influence on our skin health.
Glowing skin does not just come from skincare alone...you need to ensure a balanced diet, hydration, physical activity, and time to focus on mental & emotional health.
💦Hydrate - drink around 8 glasses of water (or equivalent fluid) daily. Try natural flavors to enhance your cold or warm water - lemon + blueberry, ginger + oragne, cucumber + mint, basal + lime
🥕Eat Healthy - refrain from eating processed foods and add omega-3 fatty acids; replace refined carbs and sugars with optimal carbs including veggies and fruits that are rich in antioxidants to stave off wrinkles. Also consider foods that act as pre, pro & post biotics to feed the healthy bacteria in the microbiome of our gut - fermented foods (kefir, yogurt, kimchi, sauerkraut), whole grains, antioxidants (blueberries, green tea, dark chocolate, red wine, olive oil), high-fiber foods (beans & lentils).
💤 Get your beauty sleep - it is true what they say...sleep is essential for beauty and lack of sleep increases cortisol levels which impairs collagen stimulation. Sleep deprivation also reduces growth hormone which is important for cell turnover which contributes to fine lines and wrinkles.
😀 Embrace Au Naturelle - makeup can block pores and contribute to acne breakouts and irritation with rosacea and eczema. Instead, embrace your natural beauty and opt for tinted moisturizer with SPF.
🏃♀️ Move - Regular exercise increases cellular metabolism and increases blood flow to help with your glow. All exercise is not created equal. Find a way to move that works for you. for 30 minutes three to four times per week.
🧴 Protect your investment - don't forget to apply SPF 30 or greater daily at minimum - every few hours is best.
⭐ Don't forget to care for your mind - mental and emotional health are paramount for balance and reducing stress that can wreck havoc on our hormones, immune system and digestive tract. For instance, anxiety is thought to indirectly impact skin conditions (flare of cold sores, urticaria, eczema, psoriasis, acne, rosacea). Skin conditions can then negatively impact mood and confidence - a nasty cycle for sure. So instead, practice stress reduction, breathing and mindfulness to reduce the impact of stress on your body, and ultimately reflected by the glow of your skin.
Have a wonderfully rich day full of mindful attention to deliciously healthy food, good people to surround yourself with, physical activity, adequate hydration, and skin protection
Cindy Fehr RN(NP)
Cindy is an experienced RN(NP) residing in Southern Manitoba, Canada, with a passion to support her patients looking and feeling their best at every age. This blog is to support patients in gaining knowledge about skincare, medical aesthetics procedures, and health & wellness practices. It is her goal to share the knowledge she gains from continuous reading of research, and regular continuing professional development sessions. Pursuit of personal and professional growth is paramount to Cindy and she loves to share this learning with her patients.