Let’s be real, if you eat well and exercise, you likely care about other lifestyle practices associated with wellness such as sustainability, mental health and self-care. Part of self-care for me is taking care of my skin. Between long days of sun exposure outside on the bike or running, frequently being sweaty, traveling all over to different climates, and having an autoimmune disease, my skin is high maintenance. I’m fortunate to rarely experience a breakout, but I am prone to redness and flakiness; we all have our issues! I’ve tried elimination diets, but nothing has helped, so I do the best I can to treat my skin well and hope for flare-ups that are few and far between. Like many people, I ignored skin health in my younger years and now feel like I am playing catch up to prevent the effects of getting older. With posting frequently on social media and being occasionally on camera, I do care about how I appear. Of course, wanting to look good in photos doesn’t always lead to much action. My daily makeup routine is super simple: lash curler, mascara, and eyebrow gel. Sometimes lipstick if I’m feeling fancy. However, my skin care routine is another story. Skin is the largest organ of the body and what we present to the world. Everyone looks at your skin and its radiance, wrinkles, complexion and elasticity are immediate signs of health and youthfulness. I’ve gone through countless skin care products claiming to erase lines, sun spots, etc… to land on a routine that works for my skin.
Out of all the products I’ve tried, these are the ones I keep going back to:
· Mario Badescu Vitamin C Serum
· Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water
· Glossier Super Bounce Hyaluronic Acid
· Vichy Sunscreen
· Youth to the People Kale Superfood Cleanser
You don’t need a million products, you just need them to be high-quality and have them work for your individual skin type. But don’t rely on skin care products alone; what really makes a difference is your diet. There is a huge connection between how nourished you are and how your skin looks. Collagen, fat, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants all work to boost the appearance and healthfulness of skin by increasing blood flow, reducing free radicals, supporting healthy connective tissue, and cell membranes. Lycopene rich foods like tomatoes and red peppers protect against sun damage. Consuming collagen through bone broths and powders might be helpful, but what might be even more important is to consume foods that assist with the natural production of collagen in the body. These include antioxidant rich foods such as berries and leafy greens. Another mighty skin nutrient is Vitamin C. We know that topically this vitamin is great for improving skin radiance, but it is also powerful when consumed through the diet. Vitamin C is essential for the production of collagen in the body. If your levels are low, you simply cannot produce the skin, hair and nail-boosting substance. While Vitamin C is found in many plant foods, the nutrient begins to decline as soon as the food is harvested and even more when chopped, cooked and stored. While I eat a diet high in colorful plant foods, I also take a supplement to make sure I’m getting what I need. Swisse Ultiboost Hair Skin Nails + contains this vital collagen producing nutrient along with silica, a trace nutrient also essential in collagen production. Silica declines with age, so consuming an external source is key. Another added benefit of Swisse Ultiboost Hair Skin Nails is that it contains iron. Iron is a nutrient most female athletes are likely to be deficient in. Since it is vital for red blood cells to carry oxygen to organs, tissues and muscles, it helps support skin health, appearance and healing along with athletic performance. Iron is also a very tricky nutrient to absorb, since this supplement pairs it with Vitamin C, it enhances the body’s ability to utilize iron! I’m up for anything that helps me look good AND perform well!