5 Simple Tricks for the Best Skin of Your Life

Where do you turn when skincare products don’t keep their promises? Getting and keeping radiant, glowing and healthy skin is much easier than imaginable, and only requires simple changes to your lifestyle. Follow these tips and you’ll notice an improvement to the health and vitality of your skin in no time at all.

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1. Remember to Stay Hydrated

This may seem like a no-brainer, but proper hydration is often taken for granted as an important part of maintaining great skin. If we imagine the skin as a functioning organ (composed of cells, having the ability to regenerate, and protecting your other organs), then depriving your body of water is as harmful to your skin as it is to your heart, liver, and brain. Without proper hydration, you can expect your skin to become flaky, dry and tight over time. In addition to making sure you’re drinking at least 8 cups of water a day, applying it directly to your skin aids in hydration as well.

 

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2. Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize

The best moisturizers protect your skin and keep it from becoming dry, and it isn’t enough to moisturize every once in a while, or once every few days. Moisturizing your skin daily is essential, no matter your skin type, and works much in the way that hydration does, in that it protects from dryness, roughness and flakiness and leaves your skin soft, healthy and glowing.

 

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3. Do Yoga

Exercise is also key to the health of your skin, but yoga specifically can also help reduce stress. If you weren’t already aware, stress is incredibly detrimental to the health of your skin! Additionally, yoga’s meditative qualities put the mind at ease, while the fact that it’s a full body workout aids in blood flow, nourishing the skin cells and flushing waste from the pores through sweat.

 

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4. Change Your Eating Habits and Increase your Vitamin Intake

What you’re eating significantly impacts the health of your skin. Skip greasy, sugary foods and opt for those rich in antioxidants and vitamins — specifically, beta-carotene, and vitamins A, C and E. These are naturally found in most fruits in vegetables — like dark leafy greens, and citrus fruits, for example — and super easy to incorporate in your diet. You can also increase your vitamin intake by taking on a supplement regimen. Many supplements are designed to aid your skin in its appearance, elasticity, and overall health. WellPath offers customized sets of vitamins based on your survey results. Find out what your solution would include here.

 

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5. Get Enough Sleep at Night

When you don’t get enough sleep, stress is sure to follow — and we’ve already established that stress is the key to bad skin, so make sure you’re catching those z’s at night. And anyway, who wants dark circles? Your skin deserves better, and so do you.

 

About Raven Hicks

Raven is an undergraduate student at Hunter College earning her BA in English Literature, Linguistics and Rhetoric and Women and Gender Studies with plans to graduate Spring 2017. Raven is an informed advocate for physical and emotional wellness, in addition to change surrounding issues of social justice. When not at school, she works as an intern for Innovation Department’s Editorial team and as a senior explainer at the Hudson River Museum in Yonkers. Her interests include reading, writing, acting and browsing the web. In the near future, Raven hopes to become a published author that inspires change through the power of her voice.