Healthy skin is usually a sign of overall wellness. Oftentimes, it is a physical manifestation of something that is out of balance on the inside, showing us in one way or another that we need to pay attention to what is happening inside of our bodies. For people who have tried countless over-the-counter products, or have spent hundreds of dollars on skincare items promoted by influencers, caring for your insides could be a great option to consider. We are not saying that eating a certain way or taking specific vitamins is an end-all, be-all — as everyone has singular issues when it comes to their skin — but we’re saying that it is a critical part of our skin’s health. 

Different internal and external lifestyle factors can affect the appearance of your skin. Things like cold weather, too much sun exposure, and pollution can all affect your skin’s pigmentation and how your skin ages. While there is a world of tips regarding how you can improve your skin from the inside out, we think these are some of the most important in taking care of your body’s largest organ.

Foods that Help Heal Your Skin

Certain lifestyle changes, like diet adjustments, will certainly aid in helping your complexion. We are in no way providing dietary or nutrition advice, you’ll need to talk to a certified nutritionist if you have specific concerns. Fruits and vegetables are key to internally infusing vitamins into your skin. Foods that are rich in vitamins and minerals, especially minerals like magnesium and vitamin B, which are found in a lot of hair, skin, and nail supplements, will help keep your skin clear and will also increase brightness. 

Fatty fish like salmon, mackerel, and herring supply omega-3 fatty acids, which reduce inflammation and help keep the skin supple. Specific foods, like honey, walnuts, blueberries, nutritional yeast kale, collard greens, spinach, sweet potatoes, organic root vegetables, and avocados help your skin function properly and aid in healing wounds.

 

Cut Back on Alcohol

Alcohol is a major culprit when it comes to poor gut health, which is directly shown in the condition of your facial skin. Cutting down on your alcohol consumption will have a major impact on your gut and promote balance. Alcohol will dull your skin and make it appear more aged than it actually is. While it is arguably one of the most difficult lifestyle changes, it is worth minimizing your consumption.

 

Cut Back on Dairy

There could be hormones found in milk that trigger acne. If you have acne and drink milk often, try going dairy-free for at least one month and see if you notice any changes in your complexion. If you are worried about not getting enough calcium or vitamin D, you can find the same nutrients in fortified orange juice or even a multivitamin with vitamin D and calcium. Plus with the number of dairy substitutes on the market, you shouldn’t find too much trouble in giving this a try.

 

Find a Way to Relieve Stress

Stress isn’t good for any part of the body, and that includes your skin. Obviously, stress is a natural part of our lives, but we’re talking about prolonged stress that eventually begins to have negative effects on your body. Have you ever been stressed out, anxious, or overwhelmed about something and had your skin break out in a rash or hives? Stress can trigger those conditions, plus a whole slew of other conditions that we don’t have the time to get into today.

Stress relief not only feels good for almost every part of the body, but it is incredible for the skin. The mind and skin share a connection like skin and overall health, and reducing stress levels can help increase the skin’s health. You can reduce stress a number of ways, one of them including getting enough sleep. When you get enough sleep, your body produces less cortisol, a stress hormone that can actually break down collagen. Less cortisol means smoother, more elastic skin. 

Exercise is another terrific way to reduce stress in your body. When we say exercise, we don’t mean hitting the gym for two hours — it can be as easy as taking a 20-minute walk outside everyday, or even a gentle yoga flow. Exercise releases endorphins, which are the body’s natural painkillers. Endorphins kill stress, and this reduction in stress is usually positively reflected in the skin. 

 

Take Those Vitamins!

If you think this is only something that influencers or your grandparents do, you’re really missing out. Your skin will reap the benefits from any vitamins, but skin-specific vitamins like vitamin A, C, B, and are proven to be especially powerful. 

Vitamin A can promote skin-cell regeneration and suppresses the sebaceous gland, your skin’s oil producer. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that helps build collagen and promotes tissue repair and growth. Vitamin E is another excellent antioxidant that prevents your skin cells from aging prematurely and helps regulate vitamin A levels.

Vitamin D is most often made when sunlight is absorbed by your skin and is taken up by your liver and kidneys when transported throughout the body to help create healthy cells. This includes the skin, where vitamin D plays an important role in skin tone, and may even help manage psoriasis.    

There are plenty of more ways for you to take care of your skin from the inside out, like getting enough sleep, drinking plenty of water, and reducing the amount of sugar you eat. If you continue to struggle with skin problems or are in need of a treatment plan, then please give our dermatologists in Denver a call. We meet and work closely with each client to create a customized plan that meets their needs and helps get them on the right path towards their skin goals. Whether you have acne, psoriasis, eczema, rosacea, or skin cancer, Colorado Skin Surgery and Dermatology can help. Contact us today.