Get outside: In the Northeast, it is not uncommon to be told to cover up and avoid too much sun exposure if you want your skin to remain healthy as you age. But avoiding sunlight can be detrimental to your health. When natural sunlight hits your skin, it triggers the body's production of vitamin D. This "sunshine" vitamin helps combat inflammation, aids muscle recovery and bone health. This leads to less swelling and more toned skin. It's best to start building up your skin's "sun callus" now. Spending 15 minutes a day in the sun leading up to summer can build up your skin's health and tolerance making it easier to be outside without getting fried.
Remove chemicals from your beauty routine: When was the last time you looked at the ingredients in your moisturizer, face mask, or even shampoo? If they are not coming from natural sources, chances are they negatively impact your health. Unfortunately, the beauty industry in the United States is not heavily regulated and many harmful chemicals are still not banned from products. These chemicals and synthetic materials can create hormone imbalances, break down the skin's barrier, and in some cases have been linked to cancer. Think about it, between washing your hair, brushing your teeth, applying makeup and using cleansers, beauty products touch your skin an average of 11 times a day. By switching to all natural products, you are successfully removing 11 chances that toxic chemicals are causing harm and penetrating your skin.
Hydrate: While being told to hydrate for the hundredth time is probably the last thing you want to hear but don't dismiss its importance. Staying hydrated helps skin maintain its elasticity and combat the appearance of wrinkles. Not only does it have wonderful powers in the anti-aging department but staying hydrated also speeds up the skin's recovery. If you get a sunburn or scrape, staying hydrated will lend to a faster recovery.
Create a weekly detox ritual: Thankfully, our skin prevents the majority of toxins in our daily environment from entering our body. This outer organ's job is to stop air pollutants from entering our body, collect cellular waste we produce when stressed, and break down makeup/product build up. With all this responsibility to keep our insides clean, it's our job to help keep our skin performing at optimal levels. Creating a weekly detox routine can help remove excess toxins collected on the skin and rejuvenate cells while removing dead ones. By keeping our skin healthy, we are fortifying our natural defenses to keep our insides toxin free!