Healthy Habits for Healthy Skin

When was the last time you thought about your skin as an organ? It might sound strange, but our skin is the body’s largest organ, a com­plex and fas­ci­nat­ing defense sys­tem. While it’s easy to get caught up in the quest for a mag­ic serum or the lat­est pro­fes­sion­al treat­ment, it’s impor­tant to remem­ber that true skin health requires a lit­tle more effort than just apply­ing products. 

At Duly Aes­thet­ics, we believe in a holis­tic approach to skin­care. Yes, cleansers, mois­tur­iz­ers, and SPF are essen­tial – but they’re just one piece of a much larg­er puz­zle. Here’s the truth your skin wish­es you knew: the lifestyle choic­es you make have a pro­found impact on how you look and feel. 

Let’s explore some key healthy habits that will ampli­fy those pro­fes­sion­al skin­care prod­ucts and make your skin glow brighter than any high­lighter ever could. 


Yes, you’ve heard this a mil­lion times, but we’ll say it loud­er for those in the back: water is the foun­da­tion of healthy, radi­ant skin. Dehy­dra­tion wreaks hav­oc, leav­ing your skin dull, dry, more prone to fine lines, and even accen­tu­at­ing break­outs. Our bod­ies are large­ly made up of water– it’s essen­tial for cel­lu­lar func­tion and flush­ing out tox­ins. Aim for eight glass­es of water dai­ly and keep hydrat­ing fruits and veg­eta­bles on hand. 


While you snooze, your body goes into over­drive with cel­lu­lar repair, includ­ing in your skin. Lack of qual­i­ty sleep can leave you with tired-look­ing, sal­low skin, puffy eyes, and a gen­er­al look of fatigue. Sleep also impacts stress hor­mones, which can aggra­vate inflam­ma­to­ry skin con­di­tions and break­outs. Tar­get 7 – 8 hours of rest­ful sleep and keep screens out of the bed­room for bet­ter beau­ty rest.” 


They say you are what you eat, and it’s absolute­ly true for your skin. Pri­or­i­tize foods packed with antiox­i­dants, vit­a­mins, and min­er­als, which com­bat free rad­i­cals and help sup­port your skin’s nat­ur­al defens­es. Think of it like an anti-aging shield. Load up on col­or­ful fruits and veg­eta­bles like berries, leafy greens, and car­rots. Healthy fats from avo­ca­dos, nuts, and fat­ty fish are also your friends, pro­vid­ing essen­tial nutri­ents for skin hydra­tion and elasticity. 

Less Stress

Stress isn’t just a men­tal bur­den; it takes a phys­i­cal toll and shows up on your skin. Chron­ic stress can trig­ger flare-ups of con­di­tions like acne, eczema, and pso­ri­a­sis. More sub­tly, it impacts col­la­gen pro­duc­tion, leav­ing skin look­ing less plump and radi­ant. Find healthy ways to man­age stress, whether it’s exer­cise, med­i­ta­tion, enjoy­ing nature, or a relax­ing hob­by. This step can make a notice­able improve­ment in your skin health. 

Lim­it Alcohol 

The occa­sion­al cock­tail won’t ruin your com­plex­ion, but reg­u­lar alco­hol con­sump­tion can leave your skin less than thrilled. Alco­hol dehy­drates the body, mean­ing dull, dry skin. It can also wors­en inflam­ma­to­ry con­di­tions such as rosacea or puffi­ness. And over time, reg­u­lar drink­ing weak­ens blood ves­sels, show­ing up as red­ness or spi­der veins. Cut­ting back or explor­ing an alco­hol-free lifestyle will bring vis­i­ble improve­ments to your skin’s tex­ture and tone. 


Exer­cise might not be the first thing you think of when it comes to skin­care, but sweat ses­sions are a hid­den gem! Reg­u­lar exer­cise boosts blood flow, deliv­ers oxy­gen and nutri­ents to skin cells, and helps remove waste prod­ucts. It also sup­ports stress reduc­tion, a bonus for both your mind and your com­plex­ion. Aim for at least 30 min­utes of mod­er­ate-inten­si­ty exer­cise most days of the week. 

The Bot­tom Line 

Radi­ant, healthy skin is a jour­ney, not a des­ti­na­tion. Con­sis­tent skin­care is vital, but don’t under­es­ti­mate the pow­er of your lifestyle habits. Mak­ing smarter choic­es for your health trans­lates direct­ly to how your skin looks and feels. When you com­bine good habits with a cus­tomized skin­care plan rec­om­mend­ed by your der­ma­tol­o­gist or licensed estheti­cian, you’re on a path to your best skin yet! 

Look­ing for more tips on improv­ing your skin? Sched­ule an appoint­ment with a Duly Aes­thet­ics provider today >

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  • Reena Varade, MD, Joliet Dermatologist

    I aim to provide comprehensive and high-level dermatologic care for all my patients. I believe it's important to create a comfortable and trusting environment for patients to be able to discuss their concerns. With access to the latest research, up-to-date technologies and coordination of care with top providers in other fields, our team is able to provide unparalleled patient care. I look forward to meeting you and helping you achieve healthy and beautiful skin!