St. Mark's Hospital - March 18, 2019

Keeping skin supple and glowing takes more than skincare products. What you put in your body also affects your skin. Here’s how to support healthy skin from the inside out.

Consume plenty of vitamin C

A 2017 study published in the journal Nutrients suggests that vitamin C in our cells can improve resistance to UV exposure, speed up wound healing and ward off wrinkles. Lucky for you, vitamin C is found in many fruits and veggies. Skincare products also can contain vitamin C, but whether skin can effectively absorb and use topical vitamin C is still being debated. You’re probably better off eating an orange for a mid-day snack or spooning fresh strawberries on your morning yogurt.

Drink enough water

Researchers disagree on whether drinking more water will actually improve skin’s appearance or slow down wrinkle formation. Still, skin does contain a lot of water so keeping hydrated is important.

Cut back on sugar

Sugar is skin’s kryptonite. Sugar breaks down collagen, a protein that minimizes wrinkling and keeps skin looking young. Eating too much sugar also can make skin feel and look oily.

Pamper your skin

Avoid washing with very hot water, which strips the skin of natural oils. After bathing, pat dry your skin and always apply a good moisturizer while skin is slightly damp. If you want to try some anti-aging products, those containing retinol may help increase collagen production. Avoid using multiple products at the same time as it can irritate skin and make you look older, says the American Academy of Dermatology Association.

Always wear sunscreen when outdoors

Enough said.

Sheet Masks Help You Get Your Glow On

Want brighter, more hydrated skin fast? Try a sheet mask. Usually made from natural fibers like cotton, sheet masks are infused with skin-nourishing serums like hyaluronic acid, aloe vera and antioxidants. Sheet masks can be a worthy addition to your skincare regimen, but be sure and choose one that’s suitable for your skin type and goals.