How To Rejuvenate Your Skin From The Inside Out

Megan Dominion

Tired of your skin looking tired?

It’s time for you to love the skin you’re in. But that doesn’t mean settling for dull, dry, or blemish-prone skin. There are so many ways you can rejuvenate your skin from the inside, making it look and feel healthier and happier—and younger, too!

Here’s how you can refresh your skin from within.

Getting Enough Exercise

The health benefits of regular exercise are so numerous that it’s easy to forget that clear skin is one of them.

Aside from improving your mood and general mental state, weight loss, cardiovascular health, and increased flexibility, research has shown the links between regular exercise and clearer, healthier skin.

Your skin cells receive oxygen and nutrients and get rid of waste products and free radicals via the process of blood circulation. Improving your circulation means that you’re improving the health of your skin cells by helping them to flush out debris.

Regular exercise can help to reduce the symptoms of skin conditions like acne and eczema, which are also influenced by stress levels. Regular exercise reduces stress, so it creates a healthy cycle that benefits your skin.


Hydrate Your Way To Great Skin Health

One way to keep your skin healthy and supple is to keep it hydrated. But what does this mean in practice and why is it important?

Well, this means increasing the water content of your skin cells to keep them healthy and your skin tone radiant, and to avoid dry and flaky skin.

The key to effective hydration is using the right skincare products. This means picking products that have hydrating ingredients and that add, lock in, and enhance hydration.

The most important ingredients to look out for in your skincare products are:

  • Hyaluronic acid – Promotes skin elasticity
  • Glycerin – Contains humectant that helps your skin to retain moisture
  • Urea – Processes and breaks down the solidified protein that makes your skin dry
  • Ceramide – Prevents moisture loss in the skin
  • Panthenol – Stimulates your skin’s water barrier

Of course, you should always keep yourself hydrated too! This means drinking plenty of water to flush out any toxins and to ensure that your body doesn’t get dehydrated.

Getting Enough Rest

People call it ‘beauty sleep’ for a good reason and we’ve got your silk bedding needs covered. No more knotted hair, pillow creases that age you, or bedding-related breakouts.

Now, you need to get those much-needed ZZZs because it’s easy to see when you haven’t got enough sleep. Your skin says so. The telltale signs of a lack of sleep include puffy eyes with dark circles and pale, puffy, or slack skin.

The opposite is also true. Science shows that good sleep hygiene (which refers to the quality and environment of your sleeping) has a strong correlation with better skin. This is for several reasons.

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First, your skin produces collagen whilst you sleep, meaning that those who get 7-9 hours of sleep are more likely to age better than those who don’t.

Second, blood circulation to the skin is increased while you are sleeping, which as we’ve already mentioned, improves your skin’s health.

Third, lack of sleep disrupts your body’s cortisol production, which gives eyes that puffy, baggy appearance and dark under-eye shadows.

Know Your Food Facts

That old saying ‘you are what you eat’ is so true when it comes to your skin.

Your skin is a reflection of what you put into your body. So, changing your diet to include all the right vitamins and minerals can have a significant impact on your appearance.

For skin that glows with good health, you’ll need to greatly reduce your intake of certain types of foods. You don’t need to cut them out completely, but moderation is key.

Fatty and salty meat products like ribs, bacon, and pepperoni are at the top of the list for their high nitrate and sodium content and the high levels of hormones they contain. Nitrate and sodium stimulate acne production and cause inflammation and premature wrinkles.

Foods containing large amounts of sugar, like chocolate, soda, and artificial sweeteners, have also been linked to acne and inflammation. The same goes for foods with a high glycemic indicator, that is, foods that are high in gluten.

It doesn’t end there. Milk and other dairy products have also been linked to inflammation due to their high insulin levels, which adversely affect the production of sebum.

Healthy Food Equals Healthy Skin

There are plenty of foods that you can add to your diet to improve the quality of your skin.

First and foremost, go for foods that are high in omega-3 essential oils and protein. These are the building blocks of new cells, making them essential for any process of bodily rejuvenation. And there’s nothing higher in omega-3 than fish. So, consider swapping out your salami and ribeye for salmon, cod, or herring. Your circulation and cardiovascular health will also thank you in the long term.

Vitamin C, which is key to maintaining your skin’s elastic flexibility, is found in abundance in citrus fruits such as lemons, satsumas, limes, oranges, tangerines, and grapefruits. Citrus fruits are full of antioxidants and other elements and minerals, such as potassium, copper, phosphorus, and magnesium that are vital to maintaining your skin’s wellbeing and longevity.

The antioxidant carotene compounds, lutein and zeaxanthin, responsible for the skin’s pigmentation, can be found in profusion in leafy greens. Kale, lettuce, spinach, and cabbage are full of these antioxidant compounds.

If you’re worried that your diet is still lacking in the good stuff, you can join the growing number of people who take vitamins and supplements. This will ensure that you give your skin everything it needs to look its best.

Lemons for antioxidants and vitamin c

Changing Up Your Skincare Routine

There are many changes you can make to your daily skincare routines to improve the health and appearance of your skin. Even if you already have a skincare routine, make sure that you’re doing it right.

So many people make small mistakes that add up.

For example, many people wait too long after washing their face before they apply moisturizer and the skin dries out too much.

Exfoliation is also subject to another popular misconception. Most people don’t exfoliate their skin as often or as much as they ought to, as the amount of exfoliation skin needs changes and often increases as the body ages.

Applying skincare products in the right order is also crucial, as some products are heavier than others and get absorbed differently.

Reassessing your skincare routine can go a long way toward giving your skin that extra boost.

Using these tips—and a satin pillowcase—you can rejuvenate your skin and get your glow back. We’ve also covered how your pillowcase can affect your skin, so give it a read if your skin is prone to breakouts.

Megan Dominion

Megan Dominion is SILKUP's Managing Editor. She's been down both the curly hair and skincare rabbit holes many times and loves that there's always something new to learn; a new science, method, product or personal experience.