by Carmen Montano, MD
Feeling good and radiating health are two key ingredients for a positive outlook in life. Sometimes we take our good health for granted.
The basic, simple things we need to do in order to keep our internal organs healthy are the same things that keep our skin looking healthy and youthful:
- Good Night’s Sleep: Resting our body after the hustle and bustle of the day is so important. And BEAUTY SLEEP is real! During sleep, there is release of growth hormone that helps to repair and regenerate collagen. Sleep helps to reverse radical damage through cellular renewal and reduces the hormone Cortisol, which is responsible for thinning skin. Sleep also increases melatonin, which acts as antioxidant to fight age spots and fine lines and it reduces those ugly bags around your eyes.
- Low Sodium Diet: In addition to helping your blood pressure maintain at normal levels, a low sodium diet will prevent that puffiness around your eyes. A healthy appearance starts with how healthy your eyes look.
- Water: Keeping your body hydrated keeps the moisture in your skin and helps the regeneration of your collagen to prevent wrinkles. Eat fruits and vegetables rich in water, such as water melon, pineapple and cucumber.
- Exercise: Very important for blood circulation including in your skin, to carry the nutrients that keep your skin looking healthy.
- Stress Reduction: By reducing your Cortisol level, you keep your cardiovascular system, immune system and mental health working at their best. This also reflects in the radiance of your skin by reducing the appearance of fine lines.
- Avoid Sun Exposure: Avoid sun exposure between 10 am to 4 pm. and always use sunscreen when you are outdoors to prevent skin cancer, dark spots and wrinkles.
Although you will keep your skin looking younger for a longer period following these healthy measures, we cannot avoid genetics. Some appearances of aging (including moles and growths) will appear no matter what we do.