In our quest for beauty, more often then not we are drawn to the latest trendy eye cream or face mask in order to acheive flawless skin. Don't get me wrong, I love a good beauty product but I used to think the only way to flawless skin was from something applied topically until I realized how much our dietary and lifestyle habits influence our beauty.
Prime example: When I used to be addicted to sugar, I always looked "puffy" and if I had a night of indulgence with too much alcohol I would wake up with inflamed red skin.
As you can see, what you eat can have a huge impact on your skin that fast. What happens when we consume skin-irritating foods like wheat (gluten), dairy, sugar, alcohol and coffee, is that it triggers the release of pro-inflammatory hormones which can lead to things like rosacea, eczema, dermatitis and redness of the skin.
But once we understand how quickly these foods can take a toll on our skin, we can also understand that achieving radiant glowing skin is within arm's reach, simply by nourishing ourselves with skin-LOVING foods and incorporating supportive lifestyle habits!
YOU HAVE THE POWER TO CREATE NATURAL BEAUTY FROM WITHIN!
There are a number of ways I support my skin on a daily basis, but I've highlighted 5 of the top dietary and lifestyle habits (let's call them "health hacks") that I love the most!
5 Health Hacks To Achieve Radiant Skin
1. Get Outside Every Single Day
I make a point to get outside every single day by going on walks in our local park with my family. It's one of my favourite ways to boost my energy and relieve stress. Spending time in nature has also been shown to increase levels of the mood-supporting neurotransmitter, serotonin. This is why you might find you feel happier when you're in nature and when you are happy to your core, you naturally have a glow to you!
Getting outside also gives you an opportunity to soak up some vitamin D, also known as "the sunshine vitamin", because the highest quality form of it comes from the sun! Vitamin D is such an essential nutrient in the body to support everything from our immune system, to our mood and bone strength. It also plays a key role in the health of our skin since Vitamin D supports skin cell growth, repair and metabolism.
Since it plays such an essential role in regulating our immune system, it can also help to destroy free radicals that might otherwise contribute to premature aging. Of course, there's that sweet spot between too little and too much sun exposure, as too much sun can speed up the aging process. Typically you want to aim for 10-15 minutes of sunlight exposure daily, however keep in mind, if you live in North America, you actually can't absorb Vitamin D from the sun between the months of November - May. If that applies to you, you will want to look into supplementing with Vitamin D during these months which I talk more about in this post.
The other important consideration is that being outside exposes us to a variety of bacteria, especially if we are gardening or hiking. These bacteria are essential to our health and wellness as they help to form our skin microbiome.
WE HAVE BILLIONS OF MICROBES THAT LIVE ON OUR SKIN, AND THESE MICROBES HELP PROTECT OUR SKIN FROM INFECTION AND ASSIST THE SKIN'S PLUMPNESS AND MOISTURE.
2. Eat Beautifying Foods
As I mentioned previously, what you put into your body (and what you don't put into it) can play a huge role in the overall health of your skin. A good general rule of thumb to ensure you're eating beautifying foods on a daily basis is to eat a variety of as many colourful foods as possible.
COLOURFUL FOODS IMPLY THAT THEY ARE PACKED WITH PHYTONUTRIENTS AND THERE ARE OVER 23,000 KNOWN PHYTONUTRIENTS MANY OF WHICH PLAY A ROLE IN BEAUTY.
Many phytonutrients contain antioxidants that help to cool inflammation. Inflammation, if you recall, is typically where skin irritations and conditions like eczema or rosacea stem from.
Now this doesn't necessarily mean that every time you eat, you have to ask yourself "Is this food going to hamper my beauty?" But instead, strive to constantly eat a variety of colourful foods, in addition to some of the major skin-loving foods I've outlined below:
3. Make Sleep A Priority
This one might be more obvious to you if you've ever woken up from a terrible sleep, leaving you with puffiness and bags under your eyes. When you're sleep deprived, or sleeping for less than 8 hours a night, inflammatory chemicals are elevated which can lead to aging of the skin.
Another thing that happens when we're sleep deprived is that appetite hormones are increased. But your body doesn't just want any food – it wants carbohydrate – typically in the form of refined sugar, refined carbohydrates or alcohol. This is because it's the body's preferred form of energy since it has the potential to boost energy levels the fastest, athough it almost always ends in an energy crash. And if you didn't already know, none of these are particularly skin-loving foods. Instead, we can look to these natural solutions for better sleep to ensure we are getting an adequate amount of sleep which will help prevent any appetite hormones increasing to begin with!
4. Supplement with New Chapter's Perfect Hair, Skin & Nails
On top of incorporating more beautifying foods into your diet, supplementing with a high-quality supplement like New Chapter's Perfect Hair, Skin & Nails can be SO helpful in supporting the health of your skin (and your hair and nails too, of course!) What I love about this supplement specifically is that it emphasizes the wisdom of nature so the nutrients are derived from the whole food as opposed to using synthetic ingredients or extracts.
It's unique blend of chamomile, schizandra and maca is amazing at reducing stress which can do a number on skin. It also consists of a digestive support blend and as we know, there is a huge link between the health of your digestion and the health and overall appearance of your skin. It's unique blend of ingredients help to support inflammation on a cellular level while combatting photo aging (premature aging of the skin caused by repeated exposure to UV radiation from the sun).
Since New Chapter's Perfect Hair, Skin & Nails came to Canada this past September, I've been using it religiously and have noticed improvements in my skin and am loving reaping the benefits of hair and nail growth too (hence why it's Joyous Healsth Approved!)
I just saw one of my girlfriends the other day who has been taking it for two weeks and she's already noticed a difference in her skin!
This always comes across as the plain, boring and "I already know that" tip that I recommend to joyous readers and clients but it truly is SO important for your overall health, but especially for the health of your skin! Water is so important for digestion and also helps to promote circulation, absorption and excretion to ensure we are eliminating toxins efficiently which might otherwise represent themselves on our face through blemishes or acne. Drinking an adequate amount also comes with anti-aging benefits for the skin.
If you find it difficult to drink your 8 cups of water a day, you can also hydrate by eating more hydrating foods like watermelon, strawberries, smoothies (have you tried myGingerbread Smoothieyet?) and soups. This also means being mindful of how many baked, roasted, boiled or dehydrated foods you're eating. There's nothing wrong with these kinds of foods, but since they have a dehydrating effect on the body, you'll want to make sure you're rehydrating to compensate.
To increase your water intake:
DO YOU HAVE ANY SECRET HEALTH HACKS FOR RADIANT SKIN? SHARE IN THE COMMENTS BELOW!
This post was created in partnership with New Chapter, however all opinions are always my own. Read more about partnership ethos here.