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.
Eat Healthy - refrain from eating processed foods; replace refined carbs with veggies and fruits that are rich in antioxidants. Consider foods acting 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. Lack of sleep increases cortisol levels which impairs collagen stimulation.
Embrace Au Naturale - 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. I love getting outside to soak up the sounds, feels, and be inspired by the natural beauty of nature.
Protect your investment - don't forget to apply mineral based (zinc or titanium) SPF 30 or greater daily at minimum - every few hours is best. I love EltaMD & Alastin tinted sunblock.
Don't forget to care for your mind - mental and emotional health are paramount for reducing stress that can wreck havoc on our hormones, immune system and digestive tract. 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.
Cindy Fehr RN(NP)
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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.