Skincare’s Hierarchy of Needs by Founders Beauty

Your skin has needs and it's calling out to you!

Yes, we are a skincare brand, so you may be wondering why, a skincare brand, has been sharing wellness-based content. Today, we’re here to tell you why. Whether it is finding time for yourself, sleeping well, or eating the right things, all of these components in your life have a direct impact on your skin.

Inspired by Maslow's hierarchy of needs, we created your skincare’s hierarchy of needs. Needs that should be addressed despite having a religious skincare routine.

Eat Right, Eat Well

According to Samantha Heller, MS, RD, a clinical nutritionist at NYU Medical Center in New York City, “Everything you eat becomes a part of not only your inner being but the outer fabric of your body as well. The healthier the foods are that you consume, the better your skin will look.”

Having said the above, the reverse, eating unhealthy food, for instance, will also show its effects on the skin. When it comes to eating right, one must remember to eat all of the right macros, eating enough protein, fiber, and carbohydrates will not only nourish you but work hand in hand to look after your body and digestive system. What should you eat? Foods that nourish are our answer. Everyone’s body is different, it is important to keep this in mind when crafting your meal plans. However, in general, foods that are high in antioxidant properties, such as fruits, and leafy greens keep your gut health intact, hence having a positive impact on your overall body.

Hydrate

Coupled with eating healthy, one must also ensure to stay hydrated and exercise. Drinking water and constantly hydrating are related to physics. When water flows through different it enables the body to run optimally and increase the reach of nutrients to the skin and other parts of the body. Water hydrates the cells and once absorbed into the bloodstream, it gets absorbed by the kidneys. Referring to a study, “Skin hydration is a reflection of a total-body hydration.” Souzzi says.

Debra Julian, MD, a board-certified dermatologist in New York, adds that getting enough water can improve blood flow in the skin and body. According to her, many times, the body’s cells and tissues are compromised of water too.

Exercise

Ellen Marmur, MD, author of Simple Skin Beauty says, “We tend to focus on the cardiovascular benefits and stress-busting traits of physical activity, and those are important. But anything that promotes healthy circulation also helps keep your skin healthy and vibrant.” When you exercise, it promotes blood flow and helps keep the skin cells nourished. This blood is in charge of carrying oxygen and nutrients to working cells throughout the body including the skin. Additionally, this blood flow also eliminates free radicals from the body.

Sleep Well

Sleep or rather, the lack thereof, has been linked to many health concerns. You may be able to survive the day with a limited number of hours of sleep, however, prolonged lack of sleep will reflect on your skin. From puffy eyes to dull skin, you’re going to see it all. “Puffy eyes are one of the first things we see when we don’t sleep,” says Doris Day, MD, a clinical associate professor of dermatology at New York University Langone Medical Center. The long-term effects of sleeping a limited number of hours are many: it has been linked to the development of wrinkles earlier and quicker, more it reduces your skin’s ability to ‘glow’, hence, resulting in skin that is less bright and stressed. Apart from visible effects, there’s a chance your skin may break out, become dry, or even become more sensitive. So remember to rest.

Make Time For You

Lastly, remember not to trade your me-time for anything or anyone. Self-development through introspection, journaling, meditating, spending time in nature, or anything else that helps you unwind is key. Healthy self-reflecting on own thoughts and feelings is essential to regulate emotions and make rational decisions too. This helps the brain relax, eliminate stressors, and unwind from daily life. Hence, enabling the mind to think better, process information faster, and be more reactive.

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