Wondering how to get healthy, happy skin without painful cosmetic procedures or expensive creams? Keep reading and you’ll find out the surprising answers.
First, here’s a refresher from high school anatomy class. Skin is the largest organ of the body, boasting a total area of about 20 square feet! And like other systems with the body, skin is linked with your overall health.
Importantly, skin is your #1 defense barrier against the physical, chemical, and bacterial challenges in the environment.
Now, since your skin does all this heavy lifting, doesn’t it deserve to be nurtured? Absolutely!
Glowing skin is seen as a sign of health and vitality. Conversely, dull or dry skin can shake your self-confidence and prevent you from putting your best face forward.
Fortunately, some of the most effective ways to promote smooth, healthy skin come down to simple lifestyle tweaks. Read on and you’ll also learn why good skin health begins in the gut.
Here are 5 surprising ways to help you get your best skin ever.
1. Healthy Fats = Healthy Skin
Despite our low-fat-crazed culture, fats are good for you and your skin; just make sure they’re the right kind. What’s a healthy fat? Yummy avocados top the list. One study[i] found women who had a high intake of total fat — specifically the type of healthy fat found in avocados — was associated with more supple, smooth skin.
You’ll also want to load up on fatty fish, such as salmon, tuna and herring, to nourish skin. That’s because they’re , which help keep skin thick, elastic, and moisturized. Additionally, these fatty acids can help preserve collagen in your skin and keep it firm. Other sources of healthy fat include nuts, extra virgin olive oil, and flax seeds.
2 Get Your Beauty Sleep
We all know how late nights can show up on your morning skin with dark circles and puffiness. But did you know that less sleep can also lead to the appearance of aging skin?
The skin health consequences of poor sleep are many. One study[ii] indicates skimping on sleep is associated with increased signs of aging and diminished skin barrier function.
3. Amp Up the Antioxidants
In simple terms, antioxidants are molecules that fight free radicals in your body. Sure, your body has its own antioxidant defenses, but they can also be found in food. In particular, we’re talking fruits and veggies.
When you up your fruit and vegetable game, it will help protect your skin from nasty free radicals and sun damage. The result? It can keep your . For skin-loving bonus points, opt for fruits and veggies that also boast vitamins C and E, such as citrus, strawberries, broccoli, and bell peppers.
Feed Your Gut
Research shows that poor gut health can show up on your skin in many ways, from pimples to premature wrinkling. In fact, this connection even has a fancy name. It’s called the gut-skin axis[iii].
The gut microbiome refers to the balance of bacteria within the gut. A healthy gut contains healthy flora that help prevent inflammation. If the microbiome is out of whack, it can directly impact skin health.
What’s the best way to keep your gut healthy for clear skin? A diet rich in probiotics – containing friendly bacteria – is a good start. Yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, and Kombucha, a fermented tea drink, can all help keep your gut and entire body happy.
5. Supplement For Beauty From The Inside Out
After reading the above tips, it’s crystal clear how your everyday habits influence your skin health. Want to take it one step further with a quality gut health beauty supplement?
Zenwise® has created Probiotic + Kombucha + Beauty, a multitasking product with ingredients that promote digestive health and may support the strength of hair and nails. To support gut health, there’s DE111,® a clinically studied Reliably Alive™ probiotic and Kombucha Health Blend. †
Next, the Beauty from Within Blend may support skin health and the production of collagen. Joining that beauty-support team is Dermaval®, which is clinically shown to support healthy levels of elastin.†
Ready to give the above tips a try? Chances are your gut health and skin health will benefit!
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[i] Br J Nutr 2010 May;103(10):1493-8.