1. Water! Staying hydrated does more than keep your bodily systems running smoothly. We need water to transport nutrients, flush out toxins, and to help keep our skin looking young and healthy. When you drink water throughout the day, your skin develops a dewy glow. This also smoothes over fine lines and expression wrinkles in your face! Have you ever woken up one morning after a night of drinking or a caffeine-fueled all-nighter and noticed you looked especially haggard? It’s because your skin has been dehydrated, highlighting all those creases and crevasses. A government study found almost 50% of Americans do not drink the daily water recommendation of eight 8-ounce glasses. Are you one of them?
2. Eat your carrots. Carrots are a watery vegetable packed with beta carotene, which gives the vegetable its vibrant orange pigment. Our bodies convert beta carotene into the antioxidant Vitamin A and helps fight against wrinkle-causing free radicals and promotes cell growth. But the coolest benefit you can get from eating carrots daily is a sunkissed glow! That’s right, the pigment from the beta carotene can be stored in your skin giving you some added color year around. (I would not recommend overdosing on carrots because this could result in looking TOO orangey, depending on your skin type.) Add some more carrots to your diet and see if you see the glow!
3. Sleep. Are you getting 7-9 hours of quality sleep every night? Sleep deprivation can and will show up on your skin. Baggy or puffy eyes, dark circles, and fine lines are all things you can prevent by getting an adequate amount of rest. Sleep is our bodies restoration period, we NEED it for more than just energy throughout the day. Look refreshed tomorrow by hitting the sack early tonight!
4. Blow some steam. Stress is notorious for causing our skin to look subpar. Although we cannot always avoid stressors in our lives, we can decide how we are going to deal with them. Find your happy place and what makes you feel relaxed! Its different for everyone. For me, it’s going for a long run outside. This instantly makes me feel rejuvenated, happier, and less stressed. But remember, your happy place also needs to be a healthy place! If you’re going straight to the wine cooler or medicine cabinet every time you feel stressed, which many Americans do, try a healthier way to unwind and clear your mind.