let’s talk about the lifestyle – let’s talk about how it impacts your skin and I wanted to mention that a lot of the tips I do provide are backed by science.
6. Reduce stress
Stress has such an effect on skin and I notice that to be the case. When I’m stressed out I have more breakouts, more redness or irritation.
So how exactly is it that stress causes breakouts? when you’re stressed you’re producing a lot more of this hormone known as cortisol which is also called the stress hormone and we produce normal amounts of it but when we’re stressed we produce a lot more of it and cortisol can cause inflammation and it can also increase the amount of oil your oil glands are producing and that can lead to breakouts.
NOTE: If you’re interested in learning more about how stress causes breakouts…how stress causes a pimple there is this really good TED ed video in the last page of this article that u can watch know.
Other than breakouts, stress can also make a lot of skin conditions worse – things like eczema, rosacea. psoriasis. So it is a good idea to reduce your stress.
So what can you do? Now you cannot eliminate stress fully – that will mean you would like to stop living!
Stress is a normal part of life ..it’s going to be there but we can change the way we react to stress and how we manage our stress on a day-to-day basis.
Personally, for me the biggest game-changer is meditation. but meditation is one thing and I do recognize it’s not for everybody so what else can you do to help manage your stress?
I would suggest self-care. I think the activities that you enjoy doing – things that make you feel like you’re caring for yourself… they do make a big difference.
Personally, I like going a walk, reading a book, taking a warm bath, cuddling with my cats. All of these things do reduce my stress.
5. Exercise more often
Now exercise is not something all of us love I don’t love exercise either but you know what there are so many benefits and they’re also skin benefits too.
So remember how I talked about cortisol and the way it impacts your skin in tip 1? So exercise can help reduce your cortisol and reducing your cortisol can help you reduce the chances of breakouts and reduce any skin issues related to stress.
Not only that ..when you’re exercising you’re boosting your blood circulation.. your blood flow and that can help your skin cells to get more oxygen and more nutrients.
So exercise positively will make a giant difference once it comes to healthy skin. Now we do not all love exercise, therefore, what are you able to do to make it more of a habit?
I would suggest starting really small. Don’t feel like you have to exercise every single day if that’s not something that fits into your lifestyle. Try to do small steps to make it a habit and then you can start to increase it. Next up is quite an interesting one
4. Protect your skin from the sun
This one that’s a really big one and this have to be honest it’s not something that I took seriously until I did my research for this topic, I always thought that because I don’t go out in the Sun that much because I am not pale I don’t have to worry so much about sunscreen unless it’s a really hot day and the entire day outside that’s not true.
Sun damage can happen on a cloudy day sun damage can happen when you’re sitting indoors next to a window sun damage can happen even if you have dark skin no one is immune from sun damage and I really regret the fact that I didn’t wear a sunscreen that often before…the Sun can cause premature aging and also skin cancer so it is important to protect yourself from the Sun on a daily basis.
So what can you do to protect yourself in the Sun? wear a sunscreen every single day whenever you’re exposed to the Sun even if you’re indoors next to a window even if it’s cloudy it is important to wear sunscreen.
The other thing I would suggest is to avoid and limits on exposure when the Sun is the strongest, so there is something called the UV index and when the UV index is high that means the sun’s rays are more likely to cause skin damage so it’s usually between the hours of 11:00 and 3:00 that the Sun is the worst in terms of skin damage
So I do try to stay out of the Sun even if I’m wearing sunscreen during those hours and I try to go for my morning walks really early when the UV index is low or you can go really late when the sun’s a little bit down
It really is about protecting yourself on a regular basis so you don’t end up with skin damage when you’re in your 40s 15 16 so it is important to start early.
3. Limit exposure to bacteria
For me personally, it’s the phone it’s the pillowcases these things if I’m not keeping them clean I do end up with minor breakouts around the chin
Let’s tackle the phone first so what is it about the phone that can cause breakouts when we’re talking on the phone and you’re resting that phone right next to a cheek it can cause a little bit of that pressure friction and heat and all that combined can lead to something known as acne and Meccanica, so I avoid putting the phone right next to my cheek I keep it at a little bit of a distance when I am talking on it now
The other thing for me is pillowcases if my pillowcases are not clean I will end up with minor breakouts and minor irritation.
2. Get enough sleep
If you’re not getting enough sleep that can lead to premature aging and also in some cases breakouts I do find if I’m not sleeping enough I end up getting more breakouts than I would if I had enough sleep
So how exactly does a lack of sleep cause skin issues well when we’re not getting enough sleep let’s say one night we’re not getting enough sleep the next night the next evening our cortisol levels are going to be higher than they should be and again we’ve talked about cortisol before and how it leads to inflammation and irritation and that sort of thing so it is important to get enough sleep.
1. Use a humidifier
This tip does not apply to someone living in the tropics because the ear is never dry but it does apply to someone living in the country like Canada because half the year this air is quite dry and that can lead to skin that’s a little irritated a little dry and it is important to use a humidifier if you have any issues like eczema rosacea skin sensitivity and not only that if you want to reduce the appearance of wrinkles it is a good idea to use a humidifier