With Malaysians getting ready to welcome the new year, there’s so much motivation to plan for new things and new habits to improve our bodies. We want a trimmer figure, better teeth, shinier hair.
In the pursuit of beauty, it’s easy to overlook the obvious. Your skin is the largest organ in your body and it can tell you a lot about your general well-being. Skin that is in poor condition can sometimes be your body’s way of telling you that something is not quite right.
The good thing about this is that if you take good care of your body, results will show through your skin. If great skin is what you want, why not try to cultivate some of these healthy (and easy) habits:
1. Stay Hydrated (But you don’t have to give up coffee or evening drinks). You probably know that more than half of our bodies is made of water, so it’s only logical that we should keep ourselves hydrated. When you’re dehydrated, your body pulls moisture away from your skin, which makes it dry and flaky. This is especially important when considering the blistering KL heat that can really rob your skin of moisture.
If your daily routine includes coffee (which is a diuretic, meaning you’ll visit the ladies’ more often, expelling water quickly) or alcohol (which dehydrates), you’ll want to make sure you compensate the loss of water in your body. It’s quite simple: for every cup of coffee or alcohol, down a glass of water!
So you don’t need to contemplate swearing off brew as your New Year’s Resolution. You work hard and you deserve that occasional martini! But don’t forget that your skin works hard too and it needs all that water compensation.
2. Pamper Your Face, But Don’t Forget About The Rest Of Your Skin. Yes, your face is the most sensitive skin area and gets the most exposure to damaging sunlight – of which there is plenty in Malaysia! So your face does deserve attention. But make sure you also clean and moisturize the rest of your skin as dirt accumulates everywhere and prevents it from breathing.
You don’t even have to own the best body scrub in Malaysia to ensure your skin is properly exfoliated during baths. Plain natural loofah sponges from your local pasar malam is just as effective in removing dead skin and dirt.
If you like using body lotions and moisturizers, you’ll be happy to know that clean skin will absorb those nutrients more effectively – your skin will thank you with a glow!
3. Add A Few Hundred Steps To Your Day. You probably have made new year resolutions in the past to exercise to get fit or to lose weight.
Here’s another motivation: exercise boosts the activity of white blood cells, releasing endorphin that improves your mood and circulation to feed more oxygen to your skin. These also have anti-inflammatory benefits that neutralize the stress hormone cortisol. It’s no wonder that active people have livelier, rosier skin!
Is the gym a bit too much of a commitment? Take the stairs more often or park a little farther away and use a pedometer app on your smartphone if you want to track all those extra steps. It’ll cost you only a few minutes a day but will give you the same skin-enhancing benefits of exercise.
You don’t have to own a spa or expensive skincare for good complexion. Healthy skin is the product of healthy habits – so if you want to have good skin, treat the disease and not the symptom.