5 Lifestyle Tips for Healthier Skin and a Healthier You

Skincare is one of the most important beauty tips in the book, but it is also one of the most overlooked. Many people don't realize the importance of skin care before it's too late. Sun damage can have long-term effects on your youthfulness and glow.

If you're looking to improve the overall look and feel of your skin here are a few lifestyle tips you won't want to miss:

Drink water

Hydration is extremely important for healthy skin. Drinking just a few glasses of water a day can make a dramatic difference. Like all organs, your skin is made up of cells that require water to function at their best. When you are not sufficiently hydrated your skin suffers, and it can appear tight, shriveled, and thin.


Exfoliation is extremely effective in reducing the look of pores and blackheads and creating a more flawless complexion. Regular exfoliation removes the natural build up of dead skin cells and uncovers a fresh layer of cells. It also contributes to a healthier complexion by opening the pores to receive desired hydration. Exfoliating right before moisturizing is sure to get great results and leave your skin feeling happier and more alive.

Avoid UV exposure

It is nearly impossible to avoid UV exposure entirely, especially if you have an active lifestyle, and short periods of exposure to UV can actually be very good for your health. The key is in limiting your exposure now for lasting health later. If you wear makeup, make sure it offers SPF protection and use a moisturizer with SPF as well. Take special care to apply sunscreen to the thinnest parts of your body such as your ears and nose. If you plan to be out in the sun for a long time, protect yourself by wearing long sleeves, a hat, or other protective clothing.

Do Yoga

Like other forms of exercise, transitioning through yoga’s asanas help increase blood circulation and help clear toxins from your body through sweat. If you have oily skin, pranayamas or breathing exercises like sheetali and sheetkari offer a cooling effect than can help restore balance to your skin. Certain heart opening poses, like camel pose and triangle pose flood your body with oxygen, delivering more oxygen to your skin for a healthy glow and more efficient renewal. Meditation often offers similar benefits.

Get Enough Sleep

Stress and sleep deprivation can have an impact on the overall look and health of your skin. Limited sleep can lead to dark circles and a stressful day can result in unwanted wrinkles, creases, and even sagging. Many people don't recognize the detrimental impact of stress and limited sleep, but evidence of sleep's effects on skin show lack of sleep can take its toll. Neck and back pain from bad posture are one of the biggest sleep stealers, so if you find yourself still tired after a full night’s sleep, try adjusting your sleeping position.