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5 Lifestyle Habits That Improve Your Complexion

5 Lifestyle Habits That Improve Your Complexion

Your skin is your largest organ so it’s important to maintain a daily care routine to keep it healthy. 

Our team at Jordan Valley Dermatology Center in South Jordan, Utah, led by dermatologist Douglass Forsha, MD, is committed to keeping your skin healthy. Our medical services include acne care, eczema management, psoriasis treatment, and skin cancer screenings. Dr. Forsha also offers gold-standard skin care products to protect and improve the great quality of your skin. 

Lifestyle habits for amazing skin

Your skin reflects your age and health. Some examples include teenage acne breakouts, the radiant glow of pregnancy and the sunspots of aging. The skin is also the first line of defense between your body and the outside world, protecting you from bacteria, viruses, fungus, pollution, and chemical substances.

Along with your typical skin care regimen, incorporating these five lifestyle habits can improve your complexion and keep your skin healthy and beautiful. 

1. Ditch the tobacco

Smoking ages the appearance of your skin and makes wrinkles more noticeable. It reduces blood flow by constricting the tiniest blood vessels in your skin's outermost layers, which results in paler skin. This also depletes your skin of crucial nutrients and oxygen. 

Additionally, smoking raises your risk of developing squamous cell skin cancer. If you smoke, quitting is the best thing you can do for your complexion and overall skin health. Your primary care doctor can help you. 

2. Stay hydrated

Do you have dry, red, scaly, or generally irritated skin? Your moisture barrier probably needs a little boost.

Cholesterol, fatty acids, and ceramides make up your skin’s moisture barrier which keeps moisture in and maintains the health and hydration of your skin. When this barrier isn’t functioning adequately, your skin stops retaining moisture, leading to dry skin.

Fortunately, you can quickly reverse this damage with proper hydration. Research has proven that drinking lots of water gives moisture to your skin from the inside, ensuring that your protective barrier is functioning optimally. Once you begin drinking enough water, you’ll likely see and feel a difference within 24 hours.

3. Eat a balanced diet

Along with drinking enough water, a healthy, balanced diet can improve your complexion. Include a lot of fresh produce, whole grains, lean proteins, and fruits in your meals. Although there is debate over whether diet affects acne, some research suggests that eating a diet rich in fish oil and low in unhealthy fats and refined or processed carbohydrates may improve the appearance of your skin.  

4. Practice stress management

Stress can increase your skin's sensitivity and cause acne flare-ups and other skin issues. Be proactive in stress management. Consider taking action to control your stress to improve your complexion and promote healthy skin. Make time for the activities you enjoy, get enough sleep, set reasonable boundaries, and reduce your to-do list. 

5. Use the right products for your skin

Selecting the best skin care products is one of the easiest and quickest lifestyle habits to improve your complexion and skin health.  This does not necessarily have to be expensive. 

Dr. Forsha guides you in selecting the appropriate sunscreens, skin care solutions and healing products that repair the visible signs of aging to restore a youthful complexion.

Schedule a skin care consultation today

Numerous factors have an impact on your skin. Internal factors like genetics, aging, hormones, and chronic conditions like diabetes affect your skin. External factors like unhealthy eating, stress, lack of sleep, dehydration, excessive sun exposure, and smoking impact skin health and cause skin damage. 

Your skin’s ability to act as a powerful defensive barrier is enhanced by healthy habits. Call Jordan Valley Dermatology Center or send us a secure message today to discuss ways to improve your complexion and keep your skin healthy.

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