For great skin this season, the best rule is to look within

Skin is an incredible part of the body. It’s an amazingly complex, multi-functioning organ that helps keep us healthy in so many ways. From ridding the body of waste to shielding us from external elements and substances, our skin is often an unsung wellness hero.

Consonant Skincare recognizes that great skin is about more than just great skin care products, and that physical, emotional, financial, spiritual, environmental, social and intellectual wellness impact the appearance and function of your skin.

Here are seven strategies from each area of wellness to help you discover your best skin and lead a healthier life...

1. Physical

Seek out colourful whole foods. Nutrient-rich foods are often brightly coloured and each pigment type is associated with different vitamins and minerals. Eating a variety of colourful whole foods is a simple way to ensure you’re meeting micronutrient needs without having to track intake. When it comes to skin health in particular, foods rich in vitamins C, D, K, B5, B3 and minerals like zinc, potassium and magnesium are the real superstars. These micronutrients are essential in producing collagen and elastin, protecting against sun damage, regulating cell turnover, maintaining the moisture barrier, and much more. Where to start? Eat at least one serving of orange and one serving of dark leafy greens each day. Try mixing up your plate’s colour pallet and use the rainbow to boost your glow!

2. Emotional

1Create a stress management strategy: Finding a meaningful way to combat stress can decrease physical symptoms, including common skin concerns. Research shows that numerous dermatological ailments are due to—or exacerbated by—poor mental health. When you experience stress, hormones trigger an inflammatory response that can result in acne, rosacea, eczema, hives, dermatitis, or even worsen these existing conditions. Finding a way to decrease stress in the moment can help turn off the stress signals coming from your sympathetic nervous system. A great place to begin? Explore tactics like breathing exercises, progressive muscle relaxation, and guided meditation. There are plenty of resources including websites like Psychology Today to help you find what works for you!

3. Financial

2Rein in your regimen: Having a consistent skin care regimen is a great habit but when you’re juggling numerous products and trying to layer in a 10-step routine, it can become not only excessive but expensive! Simplifying your routine to a few core products can help to balance your financial wellness, while reducing stress on your skin and ensuring your products are working at their best. Some skin care ingredients render others ineffective, or can even become harmful when mixed. By using multi-benefit skin care, such as Consonant’s three-in-one Natural Foaming Face Wash, you can combine steps, reduce ingredient interaction, and save money. This cleanser is 100 percent natural, and works to cleanse and remove makeup, plus it is pH-balanced so you don’t need to follow with a toner. Your complexion and bank account will thank you!

4. Spiritual

Combine skin care with self-care: Being spiritual doesn’t have to be practiced in a structured environment. A sense of spirituality can come from simply being mindful and seeking purpose in each moment. This can be as simple as creating a sleep hygiene routine before bed each night. Getting into the habit of washing your face, moisturizing, brushing your teeth, turning off your tech, reading, and preparing your mind for rest is the perfect way to stay in-tune with yourself in a meaningful way. Take the opportunity to be one with your thoughts, while giving your skin the attention it deserves.

5. Environmental

Interact with the earth in a positive way: Being conscious of your surroundings can help keep you healthy but also mindful of personal impact on the environment. Adjusting your skin care routine to seasonal changes, adapting products when travelling, and applying sunscreen, are all ways to be aware of how your environment can change your skin. When it comes to how we can impact the earth, switching to natural skin care and products free from environmentally-threatening ingredients are some simple switches with a big impact.

6. Social

3Be better together: Research shows that your peers have the greatest influence on our decision-making, compared to other persuasive stimuli. Surrounding yourself with those who motivate and inspire you to be your best self is an important part of social well-being. If you’re feeling bogged down by the energy of others, try connecting with people and doing activities you love. Remember to lead by example and lift each other up. Having meaningful relationships helps connect and reinforce other types of wellness, creating synergistic benefits for skin and overall health. Be the kind of person who doesn’t let their friends go to bed with their makeup on after a night out!

7. Intellectual

Be a life-long learner: With so much information at our fingertips, being inquisitive can help you make informed decisions about healthy living. When it comes to skin care, stay up-to-date on new research, ingredient analysis, and product offerings to help navigate the landscape. Be mindful of marketing, do your research, and ask questions. Keeping your skin working and looking its best begins with the right information. Stay curious!

Recognizing that there are multiple dimensions of wellness—and how they relate—can lead to a more balanced and sustainable lifestyle. Find out more about how Consonant Skincare is working to encourage wellness here or on Instagram. Remember, great skin is about more than just great skin care products!