New Year, New You

With each New Year, common resolutions include eating healthier, exercising regularly, and living a stress free life. These life choices allow for a healthier mind and body, including your skin. By focusing your efforts on holistic health you can ensure that 2015 is your healthiest year yet!

This year you can achieve glowing, healthy skin by pairing a basic daily skincare regimen with these 3 healthy lifestyle choices:

Healthy food choices: Keep your skin looking healthy and young by introducing foods into your diet that are high in the following nutrients:

–Antioxidants are nutrients that can help repair damage to your body’s tissue by preventing the effect of free radicals. Vitamins A, C and E are very helpful to the skin and encourage cell renewal, making antioxidants a beneficial addition to an anti-aging regimen. Antioxidant rich foods include blackberries, blueberries, strawberries and plums.

–Omega-3 Fatty Acids are essential for youthful skin and help heal the skin from the inside out. Omega 3 can be found in salmon, walnuts and flax seed

–Hydrate with 8 glasses of water daily. Avoid excessive amounts of caffeine, as it can dehydrate you. Drink green tea in place of your caffeinated beverage of choice, it is rich in antioxidants and acts as an anti-inflammatory.

Exercise: Exercise increases blood flow to your skin cells which helps cleanse your skin from the inside out, causing your pores to open and release toxins. Your best bet for keeping your pores clean and unclogged is to always wash your face and body as soon as possible after exercise.

De-Stress: What do you do to de-stress? Chronic stressors can physically affect your skin by increasing inflammation and can worsen pre-existing skin problems such as acne breakouts, psoriasis and rosacea. Effective stress reducers include yoga, meditation, going for a walk and deep breathing exercises.

This year let your diet help brighten your complexion, exercise to promote healthy circulation, and relax to help heal inflamed skin. Let your New Year resolution work in your skin’s favor to achieve glowing, healthy skin year round.

Denice Schwind, PA-CDenice Schwind, PA-C has specialized in Medical and Cosmetic Dermatology since 2004 and is an industry leader in Skin Care and Anti-Aging. Denice founded Pur Skin Clinic in 2012 and now offers Pur Skin Clinic Cosmetic Dermatology services at Gene Juarez Salon & Spa Bellevue. Denice will provide monthly expert, unbiased information to you about skin care products, top trends, medical issues and anti-aging advice in her contributions to Gene Juarez Salons & Spas Blog.