HEALTHY SKIN TIPS: Lifestyle Tips for Better Skin (Science-Backed)

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’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 description I found that kind of
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will see you in the next video which is not gonna be what skin because I think
I’ve done a little bit too much of it now I’m going to do a few other topics
and then we’ll talk about skincare in detail in late October I will see you in
the next video hi