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6 Lifestyle changes to promote super-healthy skin

Madeline Glasser is an Army wife and toddler mom with her Bachelors of Health Science in Physiology from the University of Arizona. She lives in Savannah, GA and enjoys good food, sweaty workouts and the adventures life as a family of th...

Get Your Best Skin Ever

Our skin is the largest organ of our body, and keeping it healthy is super important. With these six lifestyle changes, you can help make sure that your skin is the best it can be.
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Stress less

Stress levels play an important role in the overall health of our body and in the appearance of our skin. Acute and chronic stress can lead to acne breakouts, and a constantly furrowed brow can lead to wrinkles. By reducing your stress levels and learning to manage them, you can make sure your skin is set up to be radiant. Some stress-reducing activities include exercising regularly, meditating and journaling. Find what works best for you and incorporate it into your day.

Cleanse regularly

By the end of the day, we can get pretty lazy and go to bed without properly cleansing our skin. When you don't wash your face, you're leaving tons of impurities like dirt, bacteria and makeup on your skin. Establishing a cleansing routine can help keep your skin healthy. Wash your face two times a day with a face-specific cleanser and warm water. Pat — don't rub — your face with a clean towel to dry it. You can also try the Clarisonic Deep Pore Detoxifying Solution to help maximize your skin's health.

Drink more water

Drinking water and staying properly hydrated not only improves your overall health but leaves you with glowing and radiant skin. Water helps to flush toxins out of your body and moisturizes your skin from the inside out. Well-moisturized skin has better elasticity and color than dehydrated skin.

Eat the rainbow

While chocolate may not cause breakouts, eating a diet high in fruits and vegetables and low in junk is important. Like water, a well-balanced diet helps to nourish our skin from the inside out. Add plenty of color to your diet by trying to "eat the rainbow" in different-colored foods each day.

Wear sunscreen

Wearing sun protection on a regular basis is really important for your skin's health. The sun's ultraviolet rays can cause intensive skin damage over the years, leading to sun spots, discoloration and potentially skin cancer. Using a moisturizer with a built-in sun protection factor can help keep your face protected, and using sunscreen on other exposed areas of skin is just as important. If you're worried about a heavy sunscreen, look for those that include a "lighter" ingredient like avobenzone, oxybenzone, methoxycinnamate or octocrylene.

Get enough sleep

The average person needs 7–8 hours of sleep a night for their body to function efficiently. However, many individuals are getting less than that. To get enough sleep, take the time that you wake up in the morning and go backward 7 or 8 hours to determine a good bedtime. When you're tired, your skin appears dull and dark circles can appear under your eyes. Getting enough sleep helps to prevent this.

By making a few small changes to your lifestyle, you can protect your skin, look younger longer and project confidence out into the world.

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