Do you ever think about the health of your skin? There are many factors that come into play and as the holiday season starts, stress can play a role in your skin health.

Fun facts: Your skin is constantly shedding dead skin cells, roughly 30,000 cells per minute! And with this rapid shedding, your skin renews itself every 28 days.

The thickest skin can be found on the soles and palms while the thinnest skin is on your eyelids.

So how can you ensure your skin stays healthy? Here are some tips to help improve your skin, starting today.

  • Eat a balanced diet. You are what you eat! I’m sure you have heard this before, but it is true. Everything we eat breaks down into tiny particles that are transported all through our body so that our body can work efficiently. Fill your day with lots of fruits and vegetables, as they provide your body with an array of vitamins and minerals as well as antioxidants to help clear out any toxins. Some foods you might include are: fish (contain omega 3 fatty acids), avocado (help decrease inflammation), sweet potatoes (have an antioxidant to help protect skin against sun exposure), and bell peppers (they contain vitamin C which helps prevent dry skin).
  • Hydrate! Keeping your body hydrated does wonders for your skin. By keeping your body hydrated you can assist your body in eliminating toxins, which will help prevent toxins from building up in your skin.
  • Keep stress at bay. When your body is in a stressed state your skin will respond through the form of acne. Stress may increase the amount of sebum which is an oily substance that blocks your pores and leads to acne.
  • Wash your face twice daily with a gentle cleanser and moisturize afterward.

Do your part to help your skin stay healthy all year long. You can find many healthful options around campus to incorporate fruits and vegetables into your day. If you need assistance finding options, reach out to your campus Dietitian, Rachael Omdoll at omdollr@uww.edu