When it comes to the beauty of one’s skin and body, there are two factors that tower above all else – genetics and lifestyle habits. While the first is something that you’re just stuck with, the latter tends to be fully in your control. Moreover, out of the two, it’s a more important factor, which is why you need to fixate on this issue and explore all your options. With that in mind and without further ado, here are the top four dos and don’ts for a naturally beautiful body and skin.
Do: Get enough sleep
Regardless of what you do, what kind of life you lead (sedentary or active) and what your objectives are, getting enough sleep should be at the very top of the list. Naturally, those who exercise regularly or get physically active throughout the day need at least 8 to 9 hours of sleep on a regular basis, while those leading a sedentary life can go by with a bit less than that. Also, keep in mind that humans are diurnal creatures. It’s imprinted in our biology and it’s not something that lifestyle or habits can change easily.
Don’t: Drink alcohol
Alcohol is a substance that messes with more than just your senses, it also dehydrates you which, in the long run, may turn out to be quite a serious issue. Healthy skin is properly hydrated, so if you expose it to frequent alcohol-induced dehydration, you might sacrifice some of its natural vigor. Also, keep in mind that alcohol may hurt your fitness efforts by hurting your recovery process.
Do: Protect your skin
It is your job to protect your skin and body at all times. Direct exposure to sun rays, wind and cold weather can damage it in a number of ways. Fortunately, you can avoid this by timing your walks/grocery runs or opting for safer means of commute. Sunscreen, sunglasses and hats are convenient protection from the sun, whereas during the cold weather appropriate apparel can make all the difference.
Don’t: Avoid reading contents
One of the greatest mistakes that you can make, when it comes to the topic of self-care, is to skip reading contents of the food that you eat or the cosmetics that you put on your skin. Remember, your body is a temple and you need to be extra careful of all the substances that you can allow inside. Know your allergies and elements that you don’t respond well to and you will lead a much healthier life.
Do: Take care of your hygiene
When it comes to personal hygiene, it’s important to develop healthy habits from early on. This starts with a complete body washing on a regular basis, oral hygiene and some other things worth paying attention to. After going to the toilet, washing your hands (after number one and two) is an absolute paramount, however, why stop there. Fixture retailers like Bidets Online have a number of smart toilet seats in offer. These seats perform the function of a bidet and save you money and bathroom space on actually having to buy one.
Don’t: Ignore those extra pounds
While there’s nothing wrong with any shape or size of the human body, truth be told, you need to come to terms with the fact that your genetics was built for a certain weight. Even if you do get weight, your bones, ligaments and tendons will remain the same (they won’t strengthen or grow), which only means putting extra pressure on them and hurting yourself in the process. Now add to this the increased risk of heart attack, Type 2 diabetes and you’ll get an idea what you’re dealing with.
Do: Drink enough water
Previously, we’ve talked about hydration as a top priority and we just can’t stress out enough just how important it is that you drink enough water. There are numerous tables of the recommendation of how much water you should drink on a daily basis (based on your age, sex and weight) and you should really try not to go under it. Now, there is such a thing as drinking too much water but as long as your kidneys are in their top condition, it really isn’t something that you should worry too much about.
Don’t: Eat junk food
Junk food isn’t just filled with tons of unhealthy nutrients but also with some substances that actively messing with your hormones. This is why so many dermatologists inquire about the diet of their patients when trying to resolve a skin issue. All in all, regulating your diet will also help you with some other (previous) entries on this list, which is why it’s always a great idea and an amazing starting point.
While the health and beauty of one’s body and skin may sound as superficial or irrelevant to some, this is just huge for your overall lifestyle quality. First of all, all of the above-listed dos and don’ts are tightly connected with one’s overall health. Moreover, one’s beauty (or their perception of their beauty) is closely tied to their self-esteem and, therefore, their mental health. As ancient Romans used to say – a healthy mind in a healthy body.