Skin care isn’t just about applying creams and serums to your face! In fact, one could argue that while skin care products are part and parcel of a good skin care regimen, there are other contributing factors that can make or break your skin.
People often ask me what they should be doing day to day to help their body achieve and maintain its optimal skin health. Below you’ll find what we at Saffron and Sage have dubbed:
The 5 Pillars of Skin Health
1. Hydrate with Healthy Water
Not all water sources are created equally. Bottled water is mostly filtered tap water and is typically stored in plastic that will eventually leach into your water. Bottled water should be a water source of last resorts in emergency situations and not your primary source. Ideally, you would be drinking Reverse Osmosis water in a glass or stainless steel bottle. This will ensure that your skin cells have enough water which will allow for your skin to feel firmer and look plumper!
2. Food for Your Skin
There are more diets out there than stars in the night sky so navigating these waters can be frustrating. Furthermore, your diet needs to be tailored to you and the best way to do that is with gut bacteria testing. Testing will ensure that your dietary recommendations wont stress out your body and cause premature aging due to nutrient deprivation.
3. Beauty Sleep - It's Real.
Inadequate sleep affects collagen growth, skin hydration, tone and texture and sleep deprivation can cause flare ups of acne, psoriasis and eczema. Everyone has different sleep cycles and needs but 6-8 hours nightly is a good benchmark. Its best find out how much you need and practice good skin hygiene.
4. Move Your Body
Everyone’s exercise requirements are different based on several factors. As a general rule of thumb you need about 30 minutes a day of moderate exercise (defined as 50-70% of your maximum heart rate) or a cumulative amount of 150 minutes a week.
Exercise increases blood flow helping to nourish your skin and carry oxygen and vital nutrients throughout your skin. Exercise will also carry away waste products and free radicals away from your skin. Exercise also reduces stress hormones in the body so it can have a long lasting effect on skin conditions like acne (including cystic), psoriasis, and eczema. Please remember to always consult your doctor before starting a new exercise regimen and don’t forget to use sunscreen when exercising outdoors for prolonged periods of time.
5. Get Outside & Soak Up (a safe amount) of Vitamin D
This can be a very controversial topic in the medical community, but suffice to say people are like plants and require some amount of direct sunlight. The vitamin D your body synthesizes from direct sunlight can help in premature aging but there is a sweet spot as too much sun will have the opposite effect on your skin and leads to sunspots and photo-aging. Regular sun exposure is the best and most natural way of getting enough vitamin D and to maintain your vitamin D levels try and get 10-30 minutes a day of direct sunlight, 5 to 7 days a week. Those with darker skin tones will require a bit more and only you will know how much is too much. The opposite is true for those with lighter skin tones. If in doubt consult your doctor, dermatologist or a skin care expert.