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How does your diet and lifestyle impact your complexion?

How does your diet and lifestyle impact your complexion?

Many factors determine how radiant and healthy your skin looks. Your genetics, age, and gender have a lot to do with your skin’s quality and of course, can’t be changed. However, living a healthy and balanced lifestyle is something you can control – and may encourage a bright and brilliant complexion.

Nutrient-rich diet

Eating plenty of healthy food ensures your body receives the nutrients, vitamins, and minerals that are essential for it to function at its best. And when your body is working well, it’s often reflected in your skin.

PHYTONUTRIENTS
Phytonutrients, the natural chemicals that give plant foods their colour and flavour, are excellent for protecting your body from issues like inflammation and chronic disease. Studies have found that yellow or orange fruits and veggies, which contain pigments called carotenoids, are the best plant foods to promote a natural glow.

ANTIOXIDANTS
Antioxidants are important for maintaining long-term skin health. Your body (and skin) is constantly exposed to environmental stressors which can damage your cells. This is called free radical damage: it’s an inevitable part of the aging process, and is associated with many health complications. However, antioxidants can neutralise free radicals to reduce this cellular damage.

As well as eating plenty of antioxidant-rich foods to protect your skin, you can also apply skincare products formulated with antioxidants. Natural compounds that are loved for their antioxidant abilities include vitamin C, vitamin E, and green tea polyphenols, which can be found in Miss & Mr Skincare products.

ESSENTIAL FATTY ACIDS (EFAs)
Essential fatty acids aren’t produced by your body, so you need to eat foods that contain them to give yourself a decent supply. These foods include fish, shellfish, flaxseed, hemp oil, soya oil, canola oil, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, leafy vegetables, walnuts, sesame seeds, and avocados.

EFAs are known to contribute to your overall skin health and function. They help to protect your moisture barrier (preventing dryness and irritation) and keep your complexion plump.

Healthy lifestyle

Staying active, getting enough rest, and keeping hydrated is also important for your overall health and skin quality. Cutting out naughty habits like smoking and overindulging with alcohol will make a positive difference, too.

EXERCISE
Aside from keeping your body in great shape, regular exercise can benefit your skin. Exercise increases blood flow and circulation, so nutrients are carried to your skin cells more effectively. There’s also evidence suggesting that this process reduces oxidative stress on your skin.

SLEEP
Your entire body recovers and resets while you sleep – including your skin. By getting around eight hours of sleep as often as you can, common signs of aging may be reduced, your overall skin health may be maintained, and your skin can repair itself properly as you catch some ZZZs.

HYDRATION
Your body needs water to function. Without it, your body can’t absorb nutrients, digest, regulate temperature, remove waste, move, or think clearly. The amount of water a person should drink depends on their lifestyle and personal health. Drinking eight cups of water a day isn’t a hard-and-fast rule, but a good guideline.

There’s a myth that drinking more water results in glowy, gorgeous skin because it flushes out toxins, but there isn’t much evidence to support this. However, staying hydrated prevents water loss and keeps your moisture barrier intact. This promotes moisturised, plump, and resilient skin, and gives it that radiant look.

This is general advice only. Please consult your healthcare professional for information suitable for your circumstances.

Until next time!
Love from team M&M xo

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