Skin Care

The Best Ways to Care for Your Skin, From the Inside Out

December 30, 2016

Words by Siraad Dirshe
Photography by Aundre Larrow

We get it, you’re a busy guy! And most days the last thing you have time for first thing in the morning or right before bed is taking the time to wash, exfoliate and moisturize your skin. Developing and consistently sticking with a daily skin care routine (if you’re still confused about your skin type, you should read this) can be hard work.

Well lucky for you, great skin isn’t only found in the bottles of cleansers and moisturizers that line the aisles of your local drug store. In fact, the health and appearance of your skin has far more to do with your lifestyle than you might expect. As your body’s largest organ, your skin is often times a mere reflection of what’s happening inside your body. Put another way, you are what you eat and drink. So to help you look more like Pharrell, and less like your Uncle Toni, we’re sharing five simple ways to help you get your best looking skin yet, from the inside out.    

Drink (More) Water

Water is your skin’s best friend; after all, your skin is made up of 64% water. Not only does it hydrate your skin, aka keep you looking young and fresh-faced, but it also helps to flush toxins out of both the body. Drinking the recommended eight glasses of water a day is a sure (and inexpensive) way to improve the texture, appearance and even condition of your skin. But if you find yourself struggling to drink 64 ounces a day, try adding fresh fruit or lemon for some added flavor.  

Slow Down On the Caffeine

Like alcohol (which we’ve already given you the lowdown on) caffeine can really dehydrate your skin. Dehydrated skin can lead to collagen loss and even premature wrinkles. Furthermore, without enough water flushing your system, toxins can build up in the skin causing acne. So instead of going for that second cup of coffee when the 3 o’clock slump hits, grab some herbal tea or fruit-infused water to wake you up.

Start Taking Supplements, The Right Ones

When you hear the word supplements, you probably think of muscle supplement powders and milks that help you bulk up. However, that’s not all they do. There’s a supplement to help with almost everything imaginable, from growing your hair to helping your skin glow.

Natural supplements, such as oils rich in omega-3s and iron pills, both nourish and hydrate the skin and even reduce the signs of aging. So the next time you’re in Whole Foods or The Vitamin Shoppe why not throw a bottle of cod fish liver oil in your basket for the sake of your skin.  

Eat More Greens and Less Sugar

By now you’re probably well aware that smoothies and kale are good for you; in fact, you might even be the one who put your boys on to cold press juices. So while you may know the health benefits of having a kale salad for lunch, you may be surprised to learn that eating more greens and cutting back on junk food is also great for your skin. Greens, especially dark and leafy ones like kale, are rich in Vitamin A and K – two vitamins that play a pivotal role in repairing your skin’s tissue and keep it hydrated. And we hate to break it to you, but skipping that afternoon cookie can also improve your skin. Sugar is pro-inflammatory, that not only disrupts your skin’s hormonal balance but can also cause acne.

Cut Back On Dairy

If acne’s something you struggle with, then you may want to consider cutting back on how much dairy you consume day-to-day. There is a very strong correlation between consuming dairy products – such as milk –  and acne, skin breakouts and even aging. In most cases consuming dairy can lead to increased levels of inflammation and skin breakdown. So instead of reaching for the 2% option when it comes to your milk,  skim for that matter, consider a milk-alternative like almond or coconut.