As the seasons transition from summer to fall, there are a few things you can do to make sure your skin looks healthy and actually is healthy. The most important thing to remember about skin health is that it needs to come from within…what do I mean by that?

How your mood is, what you eat, how you sleep and whether you are exercising or not, all have an impact on how you look and how you feel. So, if you are looking to portray the best you, inside and out, this summer and fall…don’t just look for superficial things like clothes and skincare creams, also look for those factors that affect your skin’s natural glow from within. Just remember, our bodies are machines so what you feed it is going to determine how you look, how you feel, and how your body runs on a day to day basis.

If you make sure you sleep well and exercise, your mood usually will be better and with better mood, you’ll usually have an easier time eating clean and avoiding junk food. So, make sure you establish a good 7-8 hours of sleep and make time to move every day. Most people think exercise has to do with getting into gym clothes and hitting the gym. But Mother Nature’s backyard is just fine. You can even just keep your regular clothes on and go for a walk. As long as you’re moving, your circulation and oxygenation improves and your skin will look healthier. And while you’re at it with the exercise, make sure you stay hydrated. You should make sure you are drinking enough water because dehydration can definitely cause your skin to look dull.

A quick way to remember which foods are anti-inflammatory is to eat mostly a plant-based diet; such that at every meal or snack, you are consuming mostly plant-based foods like nuts, vegetables, and low sugar fruits. Inflammation ages skin and dulls the appearance of skin, so an anti-inflammatory diet will help to prevent those symptoms.

Even though those lifestyle factors mean the most, you should still remember to use sunscreen. All the luxurious skin creams to reverse aging and dehydration can’t do their job if you aren’t eating well and preventing damage to begin with. So, remember to prevent dry skin and aging by eating well and using sunscreen…this way, your luxury skin creams will be icing on the cake to give you the bright brilliant skin you deserve.