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Your Lifestyle Is Affecting Your Looks

The little things you do and don't do

BY Beryl Karimi

May 24, 2023, 01:02 PM

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We all know that eating healthy and maintaining an active lifestyle is essential for our overall health, but did you know that our diet and lifestyle choices can also have a significant impact on the health and appearance of our skin and hair?

Let us explore how what we eat and how we live can affect the way we look.

Hydration: The Foundation of Healthy Skin And Hair.

Drinking enough water is crucial for maintaining healthy skin and hair. Water helps to flush out all the toxins from our bodies, maintain proper hydration levels, and improve blood circulation.

This ensures our skin and hair are nourished contributing to healthy hair and skin. Experts recommend drinking at least eight glasses of water daily, but if you have a very active lifestyle or live in a hot climate you may need a bit more than just eight glasses.

The Role of Nutrients In Skin And Hair Health.

Our skin and hair are composed of proteins, so, unsurprisingly, protein is essential for our health. Eating foods rich in protein like lean meats, fish, legumes, nuts and seeds, can help maintain strong hair and skin.

Other important nutrients that are highly beneficial for the skin include omega-3 fatty acids, which help maintain skin elasticity, and vitamins A, C, and E, which all contribute to healthy skin and hair. Our diet should also include healthy fats such as avocados and plenty of fruits and vegetables with high fibre content.

The Impact Of Sugar And Processed Foods.

Sugar and processed food are not very good or beneficial for our overall health and can also negatively impact our skin and hair. High levels of sugar in our diet can lead to inflammation, which can cause skin problems like acne and premature ageing. Processed foods are often loaded with unhealthy fats, preservatives and chemicals which can all contribute to dull, lifeless skin and hair.

The Benefits Of Exercise.

Exercise not only helps to maintain a healthy weight and reduce stress but it can also have a positive impact on our skin and hair. When we exercise, we increase blood flow and oxygen to our skin and scalp, which can help nourish hair and skin cells. Additionally, exercise can help to reduce stress levels, which can improve skin conditions like acne

The Importance Of Sleep.

Getting enough sleep is essential for maintaining healthy skin and hair. When we sleep, our body repairs and regenerates our cells, which can help to reduce signs of ageing and improve skin elasticity.

Our bodies take the time to repair themselves when we sleep so getting a good amount of sleep gives our bodies the appropriate time to do that. It is not called beauty sleep for nothing. 

Experts recommend that you sleep for 7 to 9 hours. Lack of sleep can also cause stress, which can contribute to skin conditions like acne and eczema.

The Impact Of Sun Exposure.

The sun provides us with an important nutrient, Vitamin D, that our bodies need to nourish our skin, bodies and hair. However, too much sun exposure can be detrimental and damaging to our skin. 

Exposure to UV rays can cause premature ageing, wrinkles, sunspots, and in the worst-case scenario, skin cancer. It is important to protect your skin and hair by wearing a hat, using a broad-spectrum sunscreen (one that blocks both UVA and UVB rays), and avoiding prolonged sun exposure during peak hours.
What we consume and how we live can have a huge impact on our health and the appearance of our skin and hair. By making these small changes to our diet and lifestyle we can achieve beautiful, healthy skin and shiny hair from the inside out.