Top New Year’s Resolutions That May be Affecting Your Skin
As we enter the new year, you may be considering some new year’s resolutions to improve the quality of your skin. While many new “fad diets” can promise to illuminate your skin, they might not be the best option to help you reach your skincare goals. Additionally, some exercise routines and a lack of sleep can be counterproductive when it comes to improving skin quality. Here at Dayton Skin Care we are committed to helping you reach your skincare goals, and we’ve compiled some tips that can help you be successful this new year. By adhering to our suggestions for healthy skin and avoiding those resolutions that are harmful to your skin, you will be in a great position to start the year off right!
When it comes to skincare, examining your diet is a great place to start. If your resolution includes a special diet, you will want to take a closer look for any red flags that can cause flare-ups. Foods that have a high glycemic index can be terrible for your skin health, so if your diet includes these foods, you may want to limit your intake. Some of the worst foods for your skin are common everyday foods such as white bread, bagels, popcorn, and yogurt. Additionally, coffee and bottled water should be avoided in large quantities. Instead, limit your caffeine intake as this can dry out your skin and stay hydrated by filling a BPA free reusable water bottle with filtered water. If you choose to drink alcohol or large amounts of caffeine, always rehydrate your body. If you struggle with skin complications such as rosacea, you will also want to avoid spicy foods, as these foods can also trigger inflammation.
Foods that are the most healthy for your skin include:
Mangoes- The antioxidants in this fruit can help protect the skin and its important contents such as collagen
Tomatoes- These fruits actually help in preventing skin cancer
Cocoa Flavanols- If you have a sweet tooth, try to stick to Dark chocolate. It can help improve your skin structure and functionality!
Olive oil- This can help prevent wrinkles, sun spots, and skin discoloration
Green and White Teas- These drinks can help rejuvenate and protect your skin
Kale- Kale can also protect your skin against sun damage
Omega-3 – This can help protect your skin from drying out
Soy- This can help improve wrinkles around the eyes and crows feet.
Many resolutions include some form of exercise routine. While exercise can bring many benefits to the skin, you want to make sure you are paying attention to the impact your workouts can have on your skin.
When working out, avoid overheating and always make sure you thoroughly wash your face after to avoid any irritation. You may want to pack a clean towel to wipe your face if you sweat heavily. If you have extra sensitive skin or struggle with rosacea, you may consider working out indoors where the temperature is controlled.
If you take the proper precautions, exercise can help improve your skin. A good rule of thumb is to never work out with makeup on, as this is a prime opportunity for those pores to become clogged. By keeping your skin clean, well moisturized, and free of any heavy sweat or dirt, you can help achieve a new and improved glow!
With all these new resolutions to fit into your schedule, you may find yourself getting less sleep. Getting enough sleep is not only important to your energy levels throughout the day, but also the quality of your skin. Not getting enough sleep can deprive your skin of its proper nourishment, and can lead to dryness, discoloration, and inflammation. By getting a good night’s rest, you can help yourself look and feel more rejuvenated throughout the day.
In addition to getting enough sleep, you also may consider switching to a more gentle laundry detergent to use when cleaning your sheets and clothing. If your skin is particularly sensitive, some detergents can be harsh on your face and body.
If you are looking to improve your skin this year, you’ve come to the right place. Our specialists would be happy to help set you up for success. Contact Dayton Skin Carefskin today for a consultation.