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Your Skin: How the Outside Affects the Inside

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Have you ever spent hours online researching the most effective products to clear your skin? Ever regretted buying supposedly effective products only to discover it stripped the top layer of your skin and made your body even more susceptible to breakouts and rashes? Have you tried Pinterest home remedies, turning your bathroom counter into an alchemist’s desk? Ever been so desperate for a trustworthy solution that you’ve found yourself clicking every online ad you find?

It’s okay, we’ve all been there. So many of us have tried applying all kinds of voodoo to our face in an effort to achieve glowing, magazine-cover worthy clear skin, only to discover that inside the jar or the bottle was an empty promise. In the middle of your frantic quest for godly skin, have you ever paused to consider how important it is to understand what you’re applying to your skin? The foods and drinks you consume, how stressed or relaxed you feel, and the air quality in your environment are all actually reflected on the surface of your skin. It’s time to take an inside look and start healing that skin from within.

Eating your way to clear skin

No one ever experiences true joy and enthusiasm in their heart when they hear the word “diet.” Laced with all kinds of unfavorable connotations, we typically shy away from the concept, because who really wants to give up french fries? Lucky for you, we’re not here trying to put you on a “clean skin diet” because it actually varies from person to person. However, there is a list of foods more likely to cause breakouts and rashes, and therefore ones you’ll want to avoid (or at least limit).

woman eating an ice cream bar

Dairy:

Products such as milk, cheese, and yogurt may cause an acne breakout because of the already high hormone content within these products. The resulting over-abundance of hormones within the body manifests in breakouts. Also, lactose (the naturally occurring sugar in milk) causes allergic reactions in a high percentage of Americans, so any sign of irritation on the skin may be an indicator of a lactose allergy or intolerance.

Wheat:

Although research has yet to definitively identify a direct connection between acne breakouts and wheat consumption, wheat might irritate your skin in other ways. Eczema, for example, can be triggered from a gluten intolerance as a reaction to the protein found within gluten. This might manifest as inflamed, itchy patches of skin. If you find this condition a regular issue, you might want to consider lessening your gluten intake.

Refined sugar:

Sugar increases blood sugar and insulin levels in your body, leading to inflammation. Any food item containing high levels of sugar, from ice cream to soda to sugary cereals, can cause inflammation resulting in breakouts or eczema flare-ups. Better to be safe than sorry and limit the sugar intake.

Get your zen on

 

Stress, even though we might think of it as a brain issue and not something which affects the functions of our organs, actually directly affects hormones within the body. Stress causes the body to produce excess hormones, which can produce excess oil, thereby leading to overly oily skin. Oily skin clogs pores and causes acne. Stress can also exacerbate other already-present skin conditions, such as eczema. So what’s to be done?

We can implement effective methods to lessen our stress. Had a bad day? Take time to go on a walk, making sure to breathe deeply as you bask in the fresh air. Consider getting a lavender-scented candle or maybe some essential oils, to help diffuse tense situations. Take time to participate in the activities which bring you rest, turning off your phone in order to allow yourself to be fully present to your book, painting, meal or whatever hobby you choose. Sleep. Exercise. Make it a priority to take care of your body, and your mental state will be taken care of as well. Watch as your stress levels, and inflammation issues, decrease in parallel.

Clean the air around you

 

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This might sound absurd, but there’s value here. Air pollutants such as dust, animal dander, and toxins are constantly coming into contact with the skin, resting on the surface level of your face whether you feel it or not. Even though you don’t have a ton of control over the quality of the outside air, you can control the inside air of your home. Himalayan salt lamps, certain indoor plants, and essential oil diffusers all work in different ways to rid the air of toxins. Also, setting up a time to have the air ducts of your home cleaned is a great way to rid the air of excess dander, dirt, and dust collected in the vents. Third, making sure you create a good skin regimen of cleansing and exfoliating the skin is a sure-fire way to ensure the daily build-up does not remain in your pores indefinitely. And don’t forget to moisturize to keep that outer layer hydrated from the ever-drying outside air.

Get that mirror clean

 

woman applying moisturizer to her face in front of a clean mirror

If your skin is a reflection of your lifestyle, you’re going to want to ensure a glowing reflection. Through conscious efforts to establish an effective skin regimen of cleansing, exfoliating and moisturizing, you’re sure to minimize breakouts and help soothe eczema. Use gentle products such as the Mother of All Creams from Puriya to soothe eczema and keep your skin armored against Mother Nature’s harsh conditions. Implement a habit of healthy, fruit and vegetable-heavy eating in order to avoid inflammation and keep your skin healthy! And finally, make relaxation a routine, to keep stress levels low. By adding these easy, minimal changes into your daily habits, you’ll be able to confidently wear that glowing, healthy skin like never before!

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