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The Worst Lifestyle Mistakes to Make for Your Skin

Maintain beautiful, youthful skin by following these tips. (Image: Harry Thomas Photography via flickr/CC BY 2.0)
Maintain beautiful, youthful skin by following these tips. (Image: Harry Thomas Photography via flickr/CC BY 2.0)

Skin problems can become obvious and naturally disturbing quite quickly if you’ve eaten something, done something, or are missing something your body needs. Environmental stress, lack of nutrients, and food allergies — or a combination — are common causes.

Some of the most obvious mistakes to make leading to skin reactions are:

Lack of pure clean water

It's important to drink plenty of water. (Image: theowl84 via Compfight cc)

It’s important to drink plenty of water. (Image: theowl84 via Compfight cc)

When cells are dehydrated, they lose their plumpness and structure. Make sure you are drinking at least 8 glasses quarts of water or herbal tea a day (alcohol and caffeinated beverages like black tea or coffee don’t count! They actually increase your need for water).

Excess white sugar

Avoid large amounts of white sugar. (Image: moritz320 via Pixabay/CC0 1.0)

Avoid large amounts of white sugar. (Image: moritz320 via Pixabay/CC0 1.0)

Sugar speeds up the aging process, causes wrinkles, and dull skin. It damages your collagen and elastin, which are the important fibers that keep your skin firm. Also high glycemic foods such as pasta, white bread, and cakes have been linked to an increase in acne, so stick to whole grains or gluten free grains like quinoa, brown or red rice.

Excess alcohol on a regular basis

Avoid large amounts of alcohol. (Image: PixaBay/CC0 Public Domain)

Avoid large amounts of alcohol. (Image: PixaBay/CC0 Public Domain)

Alcohol dehydrates the skin and burdens the liver, so toxins can’t be eliminated as easily.

Lack of adequate sleep

Adequate sleep is essential. (Image: *Deepjoy via Compfight cc)

Adequate sleep is essential. (Image: *Deepjoy via Compfight cc)

The rest and repair state is essential for good organ function. Always remember your skin is reflecting what’s going on inside your body.

Too much worrying or stress

Stress and worrying cause permanent wrinkles. (Image: Pixabay via CCO Public Domain)

Stress and worrying cause permanent wrinkles. (Image: Pixabay via CCO Public Domain)

Wrinkle lines across your forehead can become fixed if your mind isn’t relaxed or calm as often as it should be. Look in the mirror and watch those lines disappear when you relax and say positive things to yourself.

Too much refined salt

Salt. (Image: Pixabay CC0 Public Domain.)

Salt has no benefits for the skin. (Image: Pixabay CC0 Public Domain.)

Most salt makes your face look puffy by causing fluid retention in the tissues — hence they swell.

Lack of essential fats in diet

Nuts are a natural source of selenium. (Image: The Travelling Bum via Compfight cc)

Raw nuts are good for the skin. (Image: The Travelling Bum via Compfight cc)

Found in raw nuts and seeds and oily fish like salmon. Without these good fats in the diet the skin can become dry in certain areas, but if eating excess sugar at the same time can also be oily or have acne in others.

Lack of Vitamin C or fresh fruits and vegetables

Knowing how to store your vegetables will make difference in reducing food waste. Image: 427 via Compfight cc

Eat lots of fresh fruit and vegetables. (Image: 427 via Compfight cc)

Always think more GREEN veggies. Vitamin C, found in many fruits and veggies, is essential for making collagen, which is the protein that keeps the skin firm and supple. Numerous studies have found that those who consume enough Vitamin C-rich foods had fewer wrinkles and less age related dry skin than those who had a diet low in Vitamin C.

Smoking

Don't smoke if you want good skin. (Image: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain)

Don’t smoke if you want good skin. (Image: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain)

Nothing increases your body’s need for Vitamin C and collagen repair more than smoking. It really ages the skin and causes free radical damage in the body.

Other conditions that affect your skin are:

  • Low thyroid function, which can make the skin appear dry.
  • Food intolerances and allergies where the digestive system needs attention.

As with many conditions it’s best to seek a health professional’s help as you may not be able to see the full picture of what’s really going on just by looking online.

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Provided by: Sheridan Genrich, CGP

Sheridan Genrich is a naturopath and nutritionist who received her health science degree from Charles Sturt University, and also received the Dean’s award for academic excellence. Sheridan mainly works with over-stretched professionals, entrepreneurs, and executives who struggle to be in their best health. For more information visit her page, Refresh now.

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