So, you want to have healthier skin? Our skin’s health is linked to our overall health, and therefore it’s often necessary that we look at what we eat and drink. Here are our recommendations for 11 daily habits you can change to improve your health, and your skin’s health.
3. Say goodbye to sweets. Snacks with refined white flour and sugar are difficult to process and have a very low nutritional value. Furthermore, as with red meat, sugar increases inflammation in the body. By reducing the amount of sugar you eat, you can reduce glucose and insulin spikes in your bloodstream, reducing inflammation. (Collagen and elastin are the two main proteins that give our skin its youthful look.)
4. Drink less coffee. Coffee and other caffeinated beverages slow down your metabolism and dehydrate your body, and thereby your skin.
5. Stop smoking. In addition to serious health problems, smoking causes premature wrinkles.
7. Add fresh vegetables and fruits to your diet. Fruits and vegetables should make up a large part of our diet, as they contain essential nutrients, antioxidants, and other vitamins that aid the body and skin. If you like fresh juice, enjoy it at least once a day and treat yourself to a portion of salad.
8. Drink more water. We hear this often. At least 2 liters of water, on hot days and more, will keep you sufficiently hydrated. But watch out for juices and lemonades, as they often contain too much sugar.
9. Eat good fats. When cooking, use quality vegetable oils as they are a source of good fat. In addition, try eating more nuts and flaxseed, with breakfast or as a snack.
10. Invest in quality food. Always buy the best you can afford. We understand that it’s not always easy to find time to cook when balancing work, family, and a limited budget. But you can start with slow steps and over time, you will find that cooking your own meals and investing in good ingredients will benefit your health.
11. Choose organic cosmetics. While cosmetics may not seem important to your health, they in fact make their way into your body. Up to 60% of what we put on our skin makes its way into the bloodstream. That's why you should choose organic cosmetics for your skin, not only for their quality, but for your health.