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5 Lifestyle Habits That May Lead To A Damaged Skin Barrier

When it comes to healthy, clear and glowing skin it really does come down to so much more than simply the products you are using on your skin, day and night.

If you’ve been following our blog for a while then you may already feel quite well informed when it comes to the link between your daily life and how it may impact your skin.

In today’s article we wanted to bundle together what we consider to be the top 5 lifestyle habits that can negatively impact your skin. 

By the end we feel confident that you’ll feel ready to make the necessary changes that will help your skin become healthy and radiant! 

Staring at screens all day

We aren’t going to tell you to ditch the screens. In today’s modern world, and especially with how things are in the world right now, we know that screens are kind of a necessity.  

Whether it’s your computer for your zoom meetings, your phone to catch up with your friends or your tv to binge the latest Netflix marathon, let’s be honest, our screens have become a part of life.  

While there is nothing wrong with this, we are sure you can agree that too much screen time has its downside. 

Apart from higher rates of depression and anxiety, as we mindlessly scroll through social media apps, comparing our life to filtered photos, too much blue light can actually have a detrimental effect on your skin, yes really!

A revered dermatologist, Dr Murad explains, “Spending four eight-hour workdays in front of a computer exposes you to the same amount of energy as 20 minutes in the midday sun. To put this in perspective, "seven minutes of sun exposure at 1 pm is powerful enough to induce immediate tanning." 

Exposure to blue light may increase the risk of oxidative stress, putting you at a higher risk of skin damage and skin aging. 

As dermatologist, Dr. Stefanie Williams explains, “Blue light has the ability to penetrate deeper into the skin compared with both UVA and UVB light. Blue light can penetrate all the way to our dermis, where our collagen and elastin live.” 

This can contribute to a loss of skin firmness and sagging skin. 

You can use a blue light blocker over your screen to help protect your skin and eyes against blue light. This is especially important if your work dictates that you need to be on the computer for a few hours a day. 

For your phone, try switching it to night shift mode, especially at night, which favors warm, yellow light. Much less less disruptive to your sleep cycle.  

We also highly recommend taking regular digital detoxes, so you can focus on yourself and things you love. When you’re calm and happy this reflects in the state of your skin too! 

Sitting at a desk all day 

When you aren’t getting enough activity, not only will you feel sluggish, your skin may appear quite dull due to a lack of healthy blood flow. 

Exercise helps to stimulate circulation, bringing blood flow closer to the surface of the skin for an instant healthy flush and younger looking skin over time thanks to increased collagen production. 

Squeezing a workout in doesn’t have to be difficult, no matter how busy you are, and it doesn’t have to be incredibly intense either. 

Try this power yoga break flow on your lunch break and you’ll see what we mean! This will help to prevent that afternoon slump too! 

Getting too much sun 

We love the feel of the warm rays on our skin but we also know that those UV rays mean business when it comes to speeding up the signs of aging. 

Wearing SPF daily is an absolute must, it’s one lifestyle habit you need to adopt immediately, your skin will thank you!  

Look for a mineral version that is better for your health and the environment, and make sure it’s an SPF of at least 30 or higher. Apply it as the last step in your skincare ritual, but before your makeup. 

Too many late nights 

Too little sleep will definitely leave your skin less than luminous, we guarantee it. 

When you don’t get enough shut eye, excess fluids do not have enough time to be transported out of the body, resulting in that puffy skin, and those dreaded under-eye bags.

Over time though, too many late nights may accelerate the signs of aging and contribute to a daily, dull complexion. 

The “golden hours” for sleep are between 11pm and 3am, with skin cell regeneration reaching a peak around 2am, so try to get your rest during these important hours. 

A nighttime ritual is key to helping you drift off. Sip on some golden milk or soothing lavender tea, put your phone down at least an hour before bed and try and read a few pages of a book or magazine to help your mind unwind.

Vitamin C is especially excellent to apply at night and will help to boost collagen production while you sleep.  

Indulging in alcohol, smoking and processed food 

Every single thing you eat has an impact on the health of your skin, not to mention your physical health too, so be sure you are making wise choices.

Alcohol dehydrates your skin cells, while smoking produces chemicals that decrease oxygen in your blood and damages your skin. Both alcohol and smoking, along with a diet full of processed foods, increases inflammation in your body which manifests externally as anything from dry, dull, flaky skin to acne breakouts, sometimes a combination of both. 

Be sure that you are regularly filling your plate with an array of healthy greens, a rainbow of fruit and veg, healthy fats such as avocado and salmon, nuts and seeds, beans and legumes. 

We love a big Buddha bowl as a quick and delicious way to get in a heap of nutrients!

We should also mention that the ingredients you use on your skin on a daily basis matter too!

Say adios to the synthetics and, instead, be sure to infuse your pores with real nutrients that will provide long-term benefits while never putting your health at risk! 

You’ll never have to worry about nasty, potentially harmful chemicals when you stock your beauty cabinet with our range of products

By following our advice you will definitely start to notice improvements in the health and appearance of your skin.

Remember small daily changes add up, you don’t need to do it all at once. 

But love yourself enough to start somewhere. Not only will these tips significantly help to improve your skin, they will improve your health too, and when you feel good, you look good! 

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