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Creating Beautiful Skin From the Inside Out

Updated on June 27, 2017
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Jill Seminaris is a self-employed Life Coach in Southern California specializing in Health and Wellness, Fitness and Business Development.

Step One: Stay Hydrated!

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Healthy skin is about so much more than finding the right face wash or creams. Healthy skin starts from the inside-out, and renewing the skin's complexion and reversing aging begins with health-conscious diet and lifestyle habits. One of the most important considerations is one most people are familiar with: drinking water.

It's important to understand that skin issues are rarely just "skin issues," and generally point to inflammation inside the body, especially within the gut micro-biome.

One of the easiest ways to begin clearing the skin (not to mention losing weight and detoxifiying your body) is to become more conscious about fluid intake, specifically water; it's equally important to get enough fiber and quality nutrients from food at mealtimes to help rebalance the gut and expel waste from the organs and intestines.

The internet has become such a bounty of information, and sites like Instagram have brought to the fore makeup artists from every corner of the world, showcasing dramatic before-and-after photos of unfortunate, acne-ridden complexions, temporarily improved by makeup with stunning results. But, makeup is only a temporary fix.

We forget that the water cycle and the life cycle are One.

— Jacques Yves Costeau

Why Choose Water?

Faced with an array of many seemingly healthy choices like flavored waters and "sugar-free" drinks, why should we make more of an effort to drink pure H2O?

It's Necessary for the Blood

Water provides the volume of blood and in it, the space for vitamins and minerals to dissolve in. Water helps the blood carry nutrients through the bloodstream to our vital organs. For diabetic persons, this can be helpful in mitigating or avoiding high blood sugar. Thus, proper and adequate hydration aids in nutrient transport and delivery, cell production and turnover, and various other processes synthesizing amino acids, lipids, and glycogen for daily energy.

Water helps to plump up skin cells, aids in skin repair and induces cell regeneration, but it can't do its job without its faithful helpers, Vitamins and Nutrients. Consuming too much sugar (watch out for added sugars in packaged products and drinks) upsets the balance of gut flora, interferes with cell-regenerating processes, and ages the skin. Modulating sugar intake is also important, as many beverages are loaded with sugars and other additives or artificial sweeteners, which deplete the cells of the other nutrients needed to preserve the integrity of all organ systems, but most visibly, the skin.

It's Necessary for the Brain

Water is also essential for optimal brain function. Since the brain cannot store water to synthesize hormones and neurotransmitters (sending messages between nerves is the brain's main function), getting enough water and nutrient rich, fattening foods is critical for optimal brain and body functioning.

Aside from these seemingly "boring" benefits, drinking more water lowers overall caloric intake, and is thus also associated with higher confidence levels.

Sugar-filled frappuccinos, sugar-free lattes and other diet beverages may seem to give you an energy boost, but their effects on the body's hydration levels and blood sugar can be downright disastrous, with the brain sending out more insulin than the blood can recognize or deal with.

Since sugar destroys the balance of beneficial bacteria in the gut, poor skin can usually be traced back to dietary habits that need revising. Too much sugar or sugar-substitutes impair the body's ability to heal damaged cells across the entire body system, while also hampering the body's ability to build muscle, collagen and elastin fibers, clear away dead cells and generate new skin.

Be Mindful of Extremes:

Just as too little water is dangerous, too much water is also seriously problematic.

More Isn't Better

Studies have also shown that there is no known link between drinking extra water as a way to increase anti-aging benefits "faster." Antonella Apicella, a nutritionist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, said in an interview with CBS news that there is actually such a thing as taking in too much water. Hyponatremia is a rare, but dangerous condition in which the over-intake of water upsets the body's electrolyte balance by flushing out necessary minerals, sodium and potassium, ultimately causing organ system failure and death.

Intense activities, such as playing sports, can increase the risk for hyponatremia: Local news stations nationwide have shown the dangers of improper hydration and electrolyte imbalance. Young boys who have passed away in the middle of football practice, illustrate the dire health warning concerning the importance of water and essential vitamins and nutrients throughout the day. Even professional football players have succumbed to the devastating effects of dehydration and heatstroke, highlighting, again, the importance of taking in plenty of electrolytes during periods of high activity.

Adding a product like Coco Hydro to your bottle of water throughout the day is a better substitute for sports drinks, and will help increase hydration by providing necessary minerals for a healthy electrolyte balance.

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There's No Need to Stop Drinking Coffee

Although it's important to be mindful of over-consumption of beverages containing both caffeine and sugar, as the combination can have a devastating effect on blood glucose levels over time, there's no need to limit your morning cuppa.

Coffee drinks (like this iced-coffee with coconut milk, pictured right) are not the caffeine and sugar-laden naughty-treats to be concerned with. Though studies show that caffeine and sugar together do help the brain function more efficiently, it's also easy to overdo consumption.

Ironically, adding to the problem are sugar-free compounds combined with the caffeine leading to a vicious cycle of blood sugar spikes, crashes, and cravings for more carbohydrates.

Instead, try bulletproof coffee! Bulletproof Coffee can keep you full for a few hours while providing necessary brain fuel, high levels of antioxidant power and anti-inflammatory benefits, not to mention skin-saving, essential fatty acids!

In fact, coffee has been linked to several positive health conditions:

  • increased energy and concentration
  • mood-lifting with the ability to help fight depression
  • helps stimulate metabolism
  • acts as a vasodilator and improves blood circulation
  • helps regulate breathing and control asthma
  • improves heart function

The benefits of drinking water help cleanse the skin from the inside out. However, it's just as important to attentively cleanse the skin from the outside of the body. Using products with non-toxic and unquestionable ingredients has become more and more sought after as consumers become better educated about what companies are putting is their products.

Before the internet, consumers had been duped into believing that commercial brands "wouldn't" allow dubious chemicals or ingredients into their products. The discovery of companies behaving to the contrary has led to the formation of such entities as The Environmental Working Group, which rates individual ingredients, as well as finished products, by how safe their ingredients are.

Since over 60% of what is put on the skin is absorbed in the bloodstream, taking care to use safe, nontoxic products on the skin is just as important as making sound nutritional decisions.

Creams and potions make no difference if the body's cells aren't hydrated enough to carry out their necessary functions. Supple skin is the result of well-hydrated and nourished skin. In fact, drinking enough water and staying hydrated can have the same effect as applying a topical moisturizer! Aim for at least 32 ounces of water, and revitalize your cells with water-rich fruits and veggies.

How To: A Short Guide to Proper Skin Care

The benefits of drinking water help cleanse the skin from the inside out. However, it's just as important to attentively cleanse the skin from the outside of the body. Using products with non-toxic and unquestionable ingredients has become more and more sought after as consumers become better educated about what companies are putting is their products.

Get the most out of your skin care routine by following these simple steps:

Beginning with lukewarm water, gently moisten the face. Apply a quarter-sized dollop of facial cleanser to palms and lather.

Using the fingertips, gently massage soap outward and upward over the face in circular motions, and using a warm washcloth, gently remove the soap in the same manner in which it was applied.

Then, rinse the face with fifteen splashes of lukewarm water and pat dry.

Spritz a toner over the face to help firm and tighten the skin, as well as help minimize and close the pores.

Lastly, help create a barrier against environmental pollutants and allergens while adding vitamins and moisturizing the skin with a skin serum and moisturizer.

Last, but Not Least: Nutrition & Sleep

In addition to consuming enough water, we also need vitamins and minerals to make the most of water's function and bask in the glow of healthy skin! In the sequential follow-ups to this article, we'll discover how getting the right nutrients and enjoying quality sleep impact the skin.

© 2017 Jill Seminaris

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