Left: Sheetal Rawal, scientist (human genetics) & founder of Apsara Skin Care
By: Marty S.
Now that 2020 is here, there is even more to consider if we want to make any resolutions. Not only do we have to think about what we want to accomplish this year, but also what we want to accomplish this decade. That is a lot to digest, especially if you want to make any substantial changes to your lifestyle. We all want to live a healthier lifestyle, but that goal might feel impossible if you don’t know where to start. Lucky for you, we have a few ideas, and these can actually benefit your skin and hair in the long run.
Continue reading to learn the top 5 lifestyle tips that can help you get youthful skin and thick hair in 2020. If your New Year’s resolutions revolve around your skin, hair, or lifestyle, the information found below will hopefully be useful to you and help you achieve your goals this year. Make 2020 a year to remember and the start of a brand new decade with stunning skin and hair.
1. Eating Healthy, Organic Food Can Give Your Skin & Hair Amazing Benefits
What better way to start the new year – and the new decade – off right than with a healthy diet? Even if you’re currently in the best shape of your life, changing your diet can do wonders for the health of skin and hair. You should strive to cut out anything out of your diet that is processed while also adding as many natural foods as possible.
Junk food and processed food should be avoided because they are typically loaded with preservatives, additives, and refined sugar. These chemicals will do more harm than good to your skin and hair cells, and they may even accelerate the effects of premature aging. These foods are also heavily loaded with salt, which leads to higher water retention and a bloated, puffier appearance.
Alternatively, when it comes to natural foods, you really can’t go wrong with any of them. Protein-rich foods like beans, avocados, and quinoa will boost collagen production and promote more youthful skin. Liver-cleansing foods like bitter gourd and dandelion will detoxify your body, keeping your skin and hair cells healthy in the process. Antioxidant-rich foods like spinach and kale will help eliminate free radical damage and minimize premature aging. The list goes on and on. By sticking to a healthy diet (and taking time to cook your organic meals at home), your skin and hair will start to look better than ever.
“My skin is definitely a lot better than it has been in the past. So I can come on here and show my face to the world without any makeup on my face and not feel like I need to hide, which is a good thing.”
2. Using High-Quality Natural Skin & Hair Products Is Essential
parabens. They can dry out your skin, cause excess redness, irritate your scalp, et cetera. Phthalates, specifically, are thought to cause contact dermatitis, eczema, and even hormone disruption. For all the benefits these products claim to achieve, they have a lot of potential of worsening the condition of your skin and hair.
Instead, you should use high-quality natural products on your skin and hair because many of them contain natural ingredients that have withstood the test of time. For example, ingredients like turmeric and Vitamin E oil are antioxidants. As we mentioned above, these can help you achieve a more youthful complexion by reducing free radical damage. Similarly, ingredients like castor oil and almond oil are rich in fatty acids that can nourish both your skin and hair.
Once you make the switch to high-quality natural skin care products, you must also partake in a daily and weekly skin care routine if you haven’t done so already. A daily and weekly skin care routine is an easy, essential way of maintaining the health and beauty of your skin. Without this routine, your skin might not receive all of the benefits that natural ingredients have to offer.
3. Go Natural with Your Household Products & Live a Greener, More Youthful Lifestyle
In addition to using high-quality natural products, you should also eliminate harsh chemicals from your lifestyle. This includes not just products from your personal beauty care, but also products in your environment. Many household products contain environmental toxins that can increase your toxic load and may eventually lead to a greater risk of premature aging. You might not have even noticed that you have been exposed to environmental toxins because they have been hiding in your products, often disguised as chemicals intended to make your house more fragrant and cleaner. Common examples include detergents, air fresheners, and fabric cleaners. Since there are many natural ingredients that have antibacterial and aromatic properties, it can be very easy to limit your exposure to these toxins without sacrificing quality.
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4. Reducing Your Stress Can Lead to Youthful Skin & Thicker Hair
If you spent 2019 highly stressed out, even over the tiniest of things, 2020 should be your year of reducing your stress and learning how to maintain a sense of tranquility throughout the day. Stress, as we all know, makes anyone irritable, tired, and anxious. When it comes to your skin and hair health, stress plays a significant role because it can increase inflammation in your body. More inflammation can lead to problems like skin discoloration, more visible signs of premature aging, and dullness. As far as your hair is concerned, more inflammation can result in thinning hair and hair loss. And, if that wasn’t enough, stress may disrupt your gut health, which, in turn, can impact your skin and hair health.
Because stress affects so many bodily processes, it is important to make stress management a priority. Creating a daily schedule, for instance, might help mitigate your stress. By understanding what your daily tasks are, it will be much easier finding the time and energy to complete them. Of course, this is just one of many different ways of managing your stress. What matters is what will work best for you and your particular lifestyle. Once you realize that, stress management will seem like it’s no big deal.
5. Get Better Sleep This Year and Wake Up to Gorgeous Skin & Hair
affects your mood, focus, energy throughout the day, et cetera. Beyond that, sleep makes your body more prone to inflammation, which, as we mentioned above, can wreak havoc on your skin and hair cells. (One classic example: less sleep usually translates to more prominent dark circles or puffiness around your eyes.) Furthermore, sleep is the time your body needs to restore and repair itself. Without it, your body won’t produce as many beneficial compounds like collagen, a protein that your body needs to maintain the elasticity of your skin.
Fortunately, it is very easy to correct an irregular sleep pattern. For instance, if you stop using your electronic devices 1 hour before bedtime, blue light/artificial light will have less of an impact on your body, which hopefully can lead to a more restful sleep. If you’re curious about any other tips to get better sleep this year, click here.
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Go natural. It is good karma!