by Will Grumke December 29, 2020 4 min read
Overall health and fitness is not just about how you look in the mirror ... it’s about being healthy and having a better quality of life.
While that is true, many of us just want to look and feel our best in general.
That can mean different things for different people, but I would venture to say that most of us wouldn’t mind if our skin was healthier and looked better!
As we age, our skin endures a beating from sun exposure, nutrient loss, and just general aging.
This can lead to us experiencing:
• Sun Spots
• Fine Lines
So, what is the solution for healthier skin?
I can tell you there are a few factors that can help promote healthier, more vibrant skin...
Things like proper nutrition, vitamins, better lifestyle habits, and sleep can all play a vital role in great skin health. Let's touch on each of those areas individually...
A very important factor for healthy skin is the foods you choose to put in your body on a daily basis. Even though your skin is on the outside, your internal health plays a big role in how your skin looks and feels.
What you drink and what you eat are both factors in skin health. Water intake and overall hydration of your skin will undoubtedly play a role in your overall skin health as well.
Plus, certain foods have been shown to improve skin health. Things like fatty fish, nuts, seeds, and avocados ... along with green, yellow, and red vegetables ... basically any food with high amounts of omega-3s, and certain vitamins & nutrients ... can help improve or maintain your skin health.
There are certain vitamins that are referred to as “skin vitamins”. These vitamins are:
• Vitamin E
• Vitamin A
• Vitamin C
• Vitamin D
• Vitamin B
These vitamins in particular have been shown to help reverse damage to skin. However, while being found in a variety of foods, supplementing these vitamins can help make sure you're getting enough of them on a consistent basis.
These vitamins can be found in supplements like Hair, Skin, Nail Essentials,a product made specifically for improving skin health, thickening hair, and strengthening nails.
Hair, Skin, Nail Essentials also has collagen, antioxidants, and other nutrients that can help make a visible difference in your skin.
When we're talking about changes in your lifestyle that can affect skin health, there are certain things to avoid...
Smoking, drinking, and stress can play major roles in our skin's appearance and overall health.
Smoking can actually restrict the blood vessels, reducing blood flow to our skin. When this happens, it doesn't allow the delivery of nutrients and oxygen to our skin.
Ideally, we would limit smoking, or better yet ... cut it out all together, given the number of other negatives it has on our health.
This is not to say you can never drink ... just be aware that drinking on a regular basis can have some poor effects on your skin, so it's best to limit how much you're drinking, if you need to.
High levels of stress has been shown to contribute to issues with acne. Have you ever noticed the day you wake up for a big date, you're greeted with an obnoxious pimple on your face out of nowhere? One factor causing that could be stress.
It's been shown that increased stress levels can have a negative effect on the oiliness of your skin, which can definitely contribute to some unwanted guests in the form of a pimple!
Finding ways to cut stress out, or managing it better can be helpful for your skin’s appearance.
While focusing on what we can do during the hours we're awake is important, we should also be thinking about the time when we're asleep.
Sleep is your body's time to recover from everything you put it through on a daily basis. Ideally, your "sleeping hours" should equate to about 1/3 of your day.
We should all be trying to shoot for a minimum of 7 hours of quality sleep every night.
Getting optimal amounts of quality sleep will allow your body to work on repairing your skin ... not to mention the other benefits of sleeping, including: fat loss, muscle recovery, hormone regulation, stress reduction (mentioned above), and so much more...
Plus, one big benefit is that it doesn’t cost you anything to sleep more. It's a fix that takes some effort, but it's relatively easy to get better sleep.
I wanted to cover a few frequently asked questions...
In short, yes! They definitely help play a role in the way your skin looks and feels overall. Obviously, skin vitamins alone do not dictate the health of your skin. The other factors I mentioned are important too, but skin vitamins can be a great addition to a healthy lifestyle.
In short ... yes, they do. You can actually read all about the benefits of collagen, how it works, and what to look for in this short blog.
If you have any other questions, feel free to let us know!
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Either way, we're always happy to help you out with whatever you need!
Will Grumke is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer, NASM Certified Nutrition Coach, NASM Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist, NASM Certified Weight Loss Specialist, NASM Certified Behavioral Change Specialist, and CrossFit Level 1 Trainer.