Vacation season has arrived! As we indulge in sunlight and warm weather, it’s important to stay hydrated and remain vigilant with your skin care routine.
However, if you’re wondering why you still aren’t achieving that glowing summer skin, it may be from unintentionally following habits that may not be healthy for you. Be sure not to sabotage all your efforts! Learn more about the five most common habits that may be dulling your summer glow.
Avoid Sugary, Alcoholic and Caffeinated Beverages. Unfortunately, that cup of java may be promoting dull, wrinkled, and dehydrated skin. Drinks like alcohol, coffee, soda, and juice can interrupt the balance in your hormones, leading to symptoms such as increased skin dehydration (wrinkles) and inflammation of the skin (redness and skin sagging). This can be avoided by limiting your intake of alcoholic, caffeinated, and sugary beverages. Drink plenty of water to keep you and your skin hydrated! You may even discover that you love fruit-infused water. Replacing these beverages with H2O will have your body and skin glowing!
Limit Salty, Processed and Fried Foods. If your skin complexion feels puffy or swollen, your sodium, processed, and fried food intake may be too high. Consider replacing your salt to a mineral-rich sea salt without the added “extras” and eliminating processed and fried foods completely to prevent skin inflammation.
Cut Down On Dairy. Why? Milk, cheese, and other dairy products taste so good but can stimulate and increase sebum production which contributes to acne breakouts and clogged pores. If you’re experiencing a breakout, consider cutting out or reducing your dairy intake. Pass on the extra cheese, please!
Quit Smoking. If you’re a smoker or close to someone who smokes, it’s important to know the consequences of being around the chemicals and toxins from cigarette smoke. Smokers often develop wrinkles and a yellowish skin complexion. This is from the breakdown of fibers and collagen in the skin. Fortunately, the sooner you quit smoking, the sooner your skin can repair itself and bounce back.
Don’t Overindulge. What you put into your body radiates to your outward appearance. Quantity and quality does matter. Overindulgence of products high in sugars, oils, and dairy causes an excess to remain in your body to process. When you overindulge, you can damage your skin elasticity and increase your likelihood of skin damage. Being selective and keeping your meals light will ultimately be rewarding for your body and skin.
Be sure to have a wonderful summer and enjoy everything in moderation—Balance is key!