The popular phrase, “Beauty is only skin deep.” is far from true, in my opinion. I definitely understand what they mean by this – that a person’s character is far more important than their external beauty, but if you really think about it, beauty does not just stop at the skin, it is a result of our whole being, which includes the person’s character. There are many examples of how beauty runs deeper and does not stop at the surface level and that is what I want to talk with you all about today!
Most bloggers that write a post such as this one will talk about moisturizing, exfoliating, and using products that are healthy for your skin, but I wanted to dive down a little bit deeper and actually discuss some simple steps to improve your skin that are not as simple as just exfoliating because honestly, everyone knows that. Some of these tips may be helpful and may be new to you and some of them are pretty self explanatory, but still extremely important to make sure you are doing, in order to have the glowing, healthy skin. Let’s jump in:
Drinking enough water and eating foods that have a high water content in them is essential for your skin and overall health, in general. While drinking enough water and staying hydrated does play into healthy skin quite a bit, it is not the end all, be all. Instead, it works to insure that you are healthy from the inside out, which makes you happier, healthier, and in return, it will lead to glowing skin from all of the benefits combined.
Reduce Your Dairy
According to Real Simple, “Research from the Harvard School of Public Health found that teenage girls who consume a lot of milk are almost 30 percent more likely to have acne than those who drink less, and experts believe the same holds true for adult women prone to serious breakouts. Surprisingly, skim milk seems to be a worse offender than whole milk. Scientists don’t understand exactly why milk products can lead to acne, but some surmise that the natural hormones present in dairy may be to blame, says Leslie Baumann, a dermatologist in Miami Beach, Florida, who notes that even organic milk can cause breakouts. Cottage cheese, instant breakfast drinks, and sherbet are also linked to acne. While cutting back on dairy won’t solve a pimple problem single-handedly, it may make a difference for those who suffer severe breakouts, say experts. (If you go this route, be sure you’re getting enough calcium from other food sources, such as leafy greens, or consider taking a supplement.)” This is definitely a great reason to watch our dairy, even if we do not have acne – milk has the potential to cause flare ups, as well as other skin and health issues.
Getting enough sleep is definitely important to skin health, as well. Not getting enough sleep will lead to increased acne breakouts, skin sensitivity, allergic contact dermatitis reactions, and irritant dermatitis. In addition, it also leads to built up stress, which is never healthy for your skin and overall body. The saying ‘get your beauty sleep’ is very true and much needed!
Reduce Harmful UV Rays
Almost all of skin cancers are a result of too many harmful UV rays, so it is very important to try your best to block them out and/or avoid them as much as possible. We all know the basic tips such as wearing hats, clothing, and of course, sunscreen. While these are so very important, that’s not what I want to talk about today because those are obviously. I want to give you another way to block out harmful UV rays that you probably haven’t thought of before and that is by installing window films on your home windows. Family-owned and operated company, UHS Window Tinting and Blinds says, “Radiation from the sun is divided into three components: light that we can see, and infrared and UV rays that we can only feel. As the sun strikes glass, the window film acts as a shield that blocks harmful UV rays, as well as regulates the amount of heat that passes through the glass. In turn, the interior of your office or home will have a more comfortable temperature, even without increasing the cooling or air conditioning capacity in the room. By simply having a window film on your glass doors and windows, you can be protected from the sun and reduce your energy costs at the same time.” UHS Window Tinting and Blinds has more than 30 years of window tinting experience in the Metro-Atlanta area and is committed to providing the best service that truly goes above and beyond. If you are in the Atlanta area and want to limit your exposure to UV rays, I would definitely check out their website. They carry a full line of 3M window film products that include sun control, safety, security and decorative films.
We already talked about how not getting enough sleep can lead to stress. The reason for this is because when your body is sleep-deprived, it creates more cortisol, which is also the hormone that produces stress. Increased cortisol can also lead to inflammation within the body, as well. Between the inflammation, stress, and sleep deprivation, this can cause acne, fine lines, wrinkles, and other skin issues. But, sleep aside, we really need to focus more on creating less stress in our everyday life. Try breathing techniques, stretching or yoga, saying yes to positivity, and saying no to negative thoughts. This way of life does take a while to get the hang of, but it will benefit you and your skin significantly, especially over a long period of time.