Daily Habits for Glowing Skin

Kristy Hunston Co-Founder Avoila

Our favorite little known fact is that the largest organ of the human body is your skin and it also is a reflection of your health and habits. A glowing complexion isn't just from designer facials and pricey skin care routines - but stems from what we put into our body and our daily patterns. Avoila Nourishing Facial Oil reflects the brand’s own ethos of not only skin health, but overall wellness. When you create healthy habits and are conscious of the ingredients you put on and into your body, you will feel better whether you have oily skin, dry skin, sensitive skin or all of the above. And when you feel better you look better. Here are a few daily habits that can help you create healthy skin that glows.

Properly Hydrate
When you're dehydrated, signs show up on your face, hello fine lines. Your skin appears tired, dry and flakey. Staying hydrated will drastically improve your face’s appearance. Drinking water, especially filtered water, throughout the day will maintain your skin's hydration levels and keep your internal organs nice and lubricated. A healthy habit to get into is to start your morning with a big glass of water before your tea or coffee. Feel free to add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice too as lemon contains high levels of vitamin C and antioxidants that help detox the skin and body. Replacing your caffeine in the morning with lemon water is an extra plus due to caffeine causing skin to dry out.

Get your ZzZs In
The aftermath after a terrible night of sleep, or lack thereof, is written all over your face the following morning. Dark circles, eye bags, dull and lifeless skin - you name it. Getting quality sleep is super important for your skin because it’s while you are sleeping that your body has an opportunity to repair itself and turn over new cells, naturally. During sleep, there’s a surge of blood flow that increases collagen levels, creating a healthier and more supple dermis. While everyone is different and requires different amounts of hours of beauty sleep - you know how much you need. Start putting the phone away and shut the TV off earlier to get more beauty time in from the comfort of your own bed.

Eat Healthy
Treat your body to essential nutrients every day to keep your skin looking flawless and healthier. Opting for healthier meals and snacks over junk food will help to alleviate dryness and dullness while reducing oiliness and redness. Avoid sugar, refined carbohydrates and processed food, as these foods have been linked with acne and premature skin aging. Eating a well balanced diet also aids in skin collagen production way below the surface. Make sure your diet includes natural and organic fruits and vegetables that are packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Enjoy portions of oily fish, avocados and olive oil for your daily dose of Omega-3 fatty acids. Don’t forget your legumes, nuts and seeds for mandatory protein and fiber - all super important to keep skin looking and feeling it’s best.

Hands Off!
It's inevitable that you’re going to touch your face. It’s a form of nonverbal communication and sometimes we just have a little tickle we need to scratch. Research shows that the average person touches their face almost 25 times in one hour. Think about all the door handles, sink knobs, and grocery cart handles we touch throughout the day that contain millions of allergens and microbes - and then we touch our face! If you suffer from oily and acne prone skin, touching your skin transfers oil and bacteria from one area to another, causing further irritation and inflammation. And you have of course heard this one before: Never. Pop. Your. Pimples. Get into the habit of thinking about all the gunk you're putting onto your face to prevent not touching it or wear gloves if you have to.

Get Physical
Getting a good workout increases your heart rate, thus increasing blood flow carrying oxygen and essential nutrients to every precious cell of your body - including your skin while simultaneously detoxing the body of free radicals. If you ever experience stress (and who doesn’t?) exercising helps to reduce cortisol levels which have a tendency to increase during stressful periods causing certain skin conditions like acne, eczema and psoriasis to become more inflamed. Make time a few days a week to get a good workout in, or even just a 20 minute walk. Don’t forget to wash your face after every session with a gentle cleanser to prevent bacteria build-up caused by sweat followed by a few drops of Avoila Nourishing Facial Oil for that perfect healthy glow!

Are there products that help keep skin hydrated?
Yes, for example, hyaluronic acid helps increase skin moisture. In fact, it is the key molecule for the moisture in our skin. You can read more about the science behind it here. Aloe Vera is another ingredient that helps moisturize the skin.

How much water should I be drinking each day?
This is a tricky question which can only be answered when you take your activity level, metabolism, size and location into account. Generally, the recommended amount is 125 ounces for men and 91 for women (National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine)

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