Sometimes, the best skincare routines are the simplest ones. Our post ‘My Simple Skincare Routine’ cleansing, toning, applying serum, and moisturizing. Having a sustainable, low-maintenance skincare routine helps you avoid wrinkles, prevent acne, and keep your skin glowing.
But sometimes, your skin just needs a little boost. And an unexpected way to have lasting improvements on your complexion is by pursuing weight loss. Beyond the health benefits of losing weight, the steps taken to shed a couple of pounds can also be doubly good for your skin. Here’s what you need to know.
How healthy weight loss benefits your skin
In the process of pursuing healthy weight loss, you adopt positive habits that reflect well on your complexion. Eating healthier, while beneficial to your weight loss, also loads your skin with nutrients and antioxidants that help the skin repair itself.
Huffpost explains that exercise also results in better skin as it promotes collagen production and oxygen flow. Collagen is critical to the exfoliation of old skin cells and the regeneration of new ones. Because you end up flushing out the unwanted byproducts of skin cells, you’re left with a glowing complexion.
How to make weight loss part of your skincare routine
If weight loss has never crossed your mind, the endeavor might seem daunting. However, managing your weight doesn’t have to be complicated or restrictive. In fact, the weight loss plans by WeightWatchers are most effective when you make healthier food choices, sleep more, and find exercise habits that stick. And those healthy habits can be coupled with your skincare routine. Here’s how you can do just that.
Have a multipurpose diet
The best foods for weight loss are also the perfect for keeping your skin healthy. Medical News Today explains that you can boost collagen production with antioxidants, which are commonly found in nuts and berries. These ingredients also happen to be weight-loss staples. They’re rich in fiber, so you feel full longer and prevent your body from absorbing some of the calories you eat. In general, eating healthy boosts your skin’s glow as it reduces the junk entering your body. This means you can simply incorporate nuts, berries, and other healthy foods like fruits and vegetables into your diet for both weight loss and skincare.
Schedule your workouts
The best workout is the one that you enjoy the most and would be easiest to sustain over a long period of time. But when incorporating exercise into your weight loss process, you also have to think about how it fits into your skincare routine. Cleansing after exercise is important to get rid of the buildup of bacteria, but over-cleansing can harm the skin barrier protecting you against rashes and other skin problems. Try to schedule your workouts before the time you normally cleanse so you don’t disrupt your skincare routine.
Get beauty sleep
Getting regular sleep is an understated factor of weight loss, but it can also benefit your skin’s health. The Sleep Foundation states that adequate sleep lessens feelings of hunger and keeps you from making bad health decisions, keeping your fitness efforts consistent. Sleep also happens to be good for your complexion. A study published by Nature Cell Biology in 2020, ‘Circadian Control of the Secretory Pathway Maintains Collagen Homeostasis’, found that collagen repairs itself when we sleep.
Weight loss is not largely beneficial to your health, including that of your skin. By adopting healthier habits, you can boost your confidence and overall well-being with a healthier weight and glowing skin.