Essential Practices for Healthy Skin

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Very excited to be back with more knowledge and tips for you!

So far we have learned about what makes up our skin's structure and also how to care for our skin by knowing our skin type and adjusting to it with beauty rituals that enhance, nourish and protect us. We can't forget that when we care for our bodies from the inside, it inevitably reflects in the outside.

Here some other things you can -and should!- add to your beauty rituals.

Nutrition + Hydration

Make sure to eat wholesome foods that contain nutrients for your organs to function and detox properly, this will lead to clear, glowing skin. Seeds, fresh fruits, veggies and a proper amount of water will also help clean out impurities and nourish from the inside out. In contrast, consuming heavily processed foods, excess cholesterol or sugar creates an imbalance in the body that will surely reflect in your skin. 

Exercise

Exercise has countless benefits from boosting happiness levels, reducing risk of heart disease, increasing strength and flexibility, improving memory, giving you an energy boost and helping you sleep better. In the skin, the benefits come from an increased blood flow, which helps nourish cells and keep them vital. Blood carries oxygen and nutrients to cells in the entire body, and this includes skin. 

Get some sun!

Many shy away from the sun in fear of Melanoma risks, but as with many things in life, it's all about balance and some sun can actually protect you from Melanoma.

"The skin's exposure to ultraviolet radiation of short wavelengths (UVB) has been linked to a decreased risk of melanoma in outdoor workers compared to their indoor counterparts, which suggests chronic sunlight exposure can have a protective effect, says The Lancet Journal."

Short intervals of 10 to 15 minutes a day in sunlight helps boost Vitamin D levels. Getting some sun also lowers blood pressure, enhances your mood and even helps you sleep better.   

Beauty Sleep

Skipping on a restful night's sleep can lead to dull, tired-looking skin. As you sleep, the body works metabolic processes that help produce collagen. Get between 7 to 9 hours of sleep for the most benefits. The first three hours of sleep are the deepest ones and it's when the body produces human growth hormone, which is important for skin and hair repair. During the following two hours, you enter REM sleep and this is when Melatonin increases (highly skin-protecting and antioxidant). Lastly, during the final three hours of sleep, the body's muscles completely relax and the skin gets a deep recovery period. 

Make sure to also hydrate your skin before going to bed, as during nighttime, the skin dehydrates at a faster rate. 

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