The last video we kickstarted the healthy skin series with a diet and nutrition video. That to me is the foundation of healthy skin and today we’re going to continue. We’re gonna talk about lifestyle. Hello hello! Welcome back to the whole happy life. So I took a week off in between – I wasn’t feeling well so I wanted to take some time off and I’m good as new. So we’re back with another video. Originally this was going to be a lifestyle and skincare video but when I started doing research there was just too much to say and I can’t fit it into one video. So we’re gonna do another part that’s gonna be the skincare and I’m going to release that video in late October. Anyway let’s talk about the lifestyle – let’s talk about how it impacts your skin and if you’re new around here just wanted to mention that a lot of the tips I do provide are backed by science and you can find everything – all the links…
All the references in the description. The first tip is to reduce stress. Stress has such an impact on skin and I find that to be the case. When I’m stressed out I have more breakouts, more redness or irritation. So how exactly is it that stress causes breakouts? So when you’re stressed you’re producing a lot more of this hormone known as cortisol which is also called the stress hormone and we produce normal amounts of it but when we’re stressed we produce a lot more of it and cortisol can cause inflammation and it can also increase the amount of oil your oil glands are producing and that can lead to breakouts. If you’re interested in learning more about how stress causes breakouts.. how stress causes a pimple there is a really good TED ed video which I will link in the description. Other than breakouts, stress can also make a lot of skin conditions worse – things like eczema, rosacea.
Psoriasis. So it is a good idea to reduce your stress. So what can you do? Now you can’t eliminate stress completely – that would mean you need to stop living! Stress is a normal part of life ..it’s going to be there but we can change the way we react to stress and how we manage our stress on a day-to-day basis. Personally for me the biggest game-changer is meditation.
If you watched my previous videos you know because I’ll talk about meditation again and again and again. So I’m not going to talk more about meditation in this video. If you want to learn more about what I have to say on it I do have a video on healthy habits and I do talk about meditation there. So meditation is one thing and I do recognize it’s not for everybody so what else can you do to help manage your stress? I would suggest self-care. I think activities that you enjoy doing – things that make you feel like you’re caring for yourself… they do make a big difference. Personally I like going a walk, reading a book, taking a warm bath, cuddling with my cats. All of these things do reduce my stress. If you’re interested in learning more about self-care and what kind of activities you can do I will put a video out. I think I want to do it later on in October..
So stay tuned for that one. Number two is exercise more often. Now exercise and not something all of us love I don’t love exercise either but you know what there are so many benefits and they’re also skin benefits too. So remember how I talked about cortisol and how it impacts your skin in tip 1? So exercise can help reduce your cortisol and by reducing your cortisol it can help you reduce the chances of breakouts and reduce any skin issues related to stress. Not only that ..when you’re exercising you’re boosting your blood circulation.. your blood flow and that can help your skin cells to get more oxygen and more nutrients. So exercise definitely does makes a big difference when it comes to healthy skin. Now we don’t all love exercise so what can you do to make it more of a habit? I would suggest starting really small. Don’t feel like you have to exercise every single day if that’s not something that fits into your lifestyle. Try to do small steps to make it a habit and then you can start to increase it.
Number 3 is to protect your skin from the sun. This one that’s a really big one and this have to be honest it’s not something that I took seriously until I did my research for this video I always thought that because I don’t go out in the Sun that much because I am not pale I don’t have to worry so much about sunscreen unless it’s a really hot day and the entire day outside that’s not true sun damage can happen on a cloudy day sun damage can happen when you’re sitting indoors next to a window sun damage can happen even if you have dark skin no one is immune from sun damage and i really regret the fact that i didn’t wear a sunscreen that often before and i’m going to do it now after doing this video so I’m glad that I did this video because you know what a lot of times I’m also learning things when I’m doing research for the videos anyway that’s just a side note so how does the Sun damage your skin well the Sun can cause premature aging and also skin cancer so it is important to protect yourself from the Sun on a daily basis now I can talk about protecting yourself for days but you know what until you see how bad sun damage is you’re probably not going to get it so I’m going to show you an image this image is from the New England Journal of Medicine and I’m going to link the study that this image came from and it’s a man who did not wear sunscreen and for 28 years he was a truck driver and one side of his face has severe severe sun damage and the other side which was not next to the window of the truck doesn’t have the same amount of damage so it kind of shows you that the Sun can have an impact but it takes years for you to actually see it so if you’re young I thought I was young you may not see that skin damage so I haven’t really seen too much skin damage but you know what it’s there I had to have minor minor spots on my skin and I’m pretty sure it’s from the Sun so I’m going to protect myself going forward 35 it’s not too late it’s never too late to protect yourself so what can you do to protect yourself in the Sun wear a sunscreen every single day whenever you’re exposed to the Sun even if you’re indoors next to a window even if it’s cloudy it is important to wear sunscreen now selecting a sunscreen is not exactly an easy task there are a few things to consider so I’m going to put more information in the description so you can read it there I wanted to point out this is something I found during my research that makeup or you know 10 moisturizers that have some SPF probably not enough sun protection because in order for you to protect yourself from the Sun you need to have a certain amount of sunscreen and typically no one’s wearing that much foundation and that must tinted moisturizer it’s just not enough so it is a good idea to actually wear a sunscreen the other thing I would suggest is to avoid and limits on exposure when the Sun is the strongest so there is something called the UV index you can read more about it in the description and when the UV index is high that means the sun’s rays are more likely to cause skin damage so it’s usually between the hours of 11:00 and 3:00 that the Sun is the worst in terms of skin damage so I do try to stay out of the Sun even if I’m wearing sunscreen during those hours so I try to go for my morning walks really early when the UV index is low or you know you can go really late when the sun’s a little bit down so it really is about protecting yourself on a regular basis so you don’t end up with skin damage when you’re in your 40s 15 16 so it is important to start early number four is to limit exposure to bacteria that could potentially cause breakouts so for me personally it’s the phone it’s the pillowcases these things if I’m not keeping them clean I do end up with minor breakouts around the chin so let’s tackle the phone first so what is it about the phone that can cause breakouts when we’re talking on the phone and you’re resting that phone right next to a cheek it can cause a little bit of that pressure friction and heat and all that combined can lead to something known as acne and meccanica I do have more information in the description on that so I avoid putting the phone right next to my cheek I keep it at a little bit of a distance Minh and talking on it now the other thing for me is pillowcases if my pillowcases are not clean I will end up with minor breakouts and minor irritation if you’re interested in learning what dermatologists have to say about the phone and pillowcases and how it can kind of lead to skin or irritation I do have some more information in the description the next tip is to get enough sleep if you’re not getting enough sleep that can lead to premature aging and all in some cases breakouts I do find if I’m not sleeping enough I end up getting more breakouts than I would if I had enough sleep so how exactly does a lack of sleep cause skin issues well when we’re not getting enough sleep let’s say one night we’re not getting enough sleep the next night the next evening or cortisol levels are going to be higher than they should be and again we’ve talked about cortisol before and how it leads to inflammation and irritation and that sort of thing so it is important to get enough sleep if you’re interested in learning more about how to get better sleep tips to sleep better I do have a video on that which you can check out and that one’s also science backed next up use a humidifier if your air is dry now this tip does not apply to someone living in the tropics because the ear is never dry but it does apply to someone living in the country like Canada because half the year this air is quite dry and that can lead to skin that’s a little irritated a little dry and it is important to use a humidifier if you have any issues like eczema rosacea skin sensitivity and not only that if you want to reduce the appearance of wrinkles it is a good idea to use a humidifier it’s actually a study that shows that a humidifier reduce the appearance of wrinkles so I’ll put that in the 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