It’s National Women’s Health Week! Each year, one week (beginning on Mother’s Day) is devoted to promoting women’s health and empowering women to make their health a top priority. If you have yet to get into the spirit of National Women’s Health Week, now is the perfect time to start! After all, embracing a healthier lifestyle means a healthier you—and that means healthier skin, too!
Of course, this doesn’t mean you have to hit the gym 7 days a week, especially if you’re just getting into the habit. In fact, there are a few small changes you can make today that can have a large impact on your well-being:
Take the stairs. Did you know that walking up a flight of stairs burns roughly 5 calories every minute? It’s true! This may seem like a small number, but it can start to add up. In fact, exercise has many great skin benefits, including increased blood flow and oxygen delivery to your skin cells.1 You know that post-workout “glow” you notice? It’s real! So tomorrow, instead of making a beeline for the elevator, try the healthier alternative.
Supercharge your lunchtime salad. Eating fresh veggies is an important first step in improving your health, but you can kick the impact of that salad up a notch with a few simple additions. Try sprinkling flaxseed on top for an extra nutritional punch. Not only will you start to feel better, but your skin will likely improve as well. In fact, research has shown that consuming higher amounts of linoleic acid, the main ingredient in flaxseed, may prevent skin dryness.2
Drink lots of water. Believe it or not, staying hydrated is one of the easiest ways to feel great inside and out. After all, our bodies are made almost entirely of water, and with your skin being the largest organ, it should get plenty of hydration. Try to consume at least 8 glasses a day and watch what it can do for your skin!
Rest up. Many people have trouble sleeping at night, which can lead to professional and personal difficulties. If you feel fatigued, make an effort to catch a full 8 to 10 hours of sleep each night this week. This may mean closing the laptop and shutting off the television as much as an hour earlier than your body is used to, but you’ll thank yourself when you have the best morning and glowing skin the next day.
All of these changes can have you feeling great on the inside—couple that with the addition of an antioxidant serum like Obagi Professional-C Serum™ to leave your outside feeling and looking just as fresh! Our Professional-C Serums are specially designed to deliver daily antioxidant protection, while leaving your skin feeling silky soft.
Do you have any secrets for staying healthy on a daily basis? Comment below and share your tips!
1WebMD. Coping with acne: your care plan. Available at: http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/acne/acne-care-11/exercise. Accessed May 7, 2012.
2Cosgrove MC, Franco OH, Granger SP, Murray PG, Mayes AE. Dietary nutrient intakes and skin-aging appearance amongmiddle-aged American women. Am J Clin Nutr. 2007;86:1225-1231.