The science behind creating your best skin ever is actually the science of cultivating healthy soil to reset your body system. Skin issues are usually defined by an imbalance somewhere in the body, usually diet or lifestyle based. When you fix the broken links within your body natural intelligence takes care of the rest, resulting in your skin clearing up, looking and feeling better and other issues begin to heal on their own. Better skin starts not with expensive cleansers or beauty products, but from within by way of simple, healthy habits that many people overlook. For building overall health as well as your best skin ever, follow these nine key strategies:

Prioritize Sleep

Lack of sleep, as well as other types of stress, could impair skin integrity. Those are among the reasons getting eight hours of solid sleep every night becomes so crucial. Chronic poor-sleep quality increases signs of aging, diminished skin-barrier function and lower satisfaction with appearance.

Balance Your Stomach

Fix gut imbalances. Your gut influences healthy skin far more than you might realize. Researchers find probiotics impact gut microbiota to influences various conditions including inflammation, oxidative stress, glycemic control and skin conditions like acne. If you suspect a stomach imbalance, I recommend working with a medicine practitioner to pinpoint and eliminate these problems.

Curb stress levels. Studies show emotional stress can affect, reveal or even exacerbate a number of skin disorders, including psoriasis. Find something that helps you de-stress and do it regularly. I like yoga, meditation and massages.

Minimize Sugar Intake
Dump sugar and processed foods. Among its many other problems, excess sugar sticks to amino acids present in collagen and elastin, producing advanced glycation end products or “AGEs.” Like the acronym suggests, sugar literally ages your skin and other organs.

Eliminate food sensitivities.
Food sensitivities can trigger or exacerbate bad skin conditions. Studies show dairy contributes to acne.  Other studies link autoimmune diseases, allergic diseases, psoriasis and miscellaneous diseases with gluten intolerance.

Optimize your nutrient status. A variety of nutrients play a role in healthy skin. Zinc deficiencies can contribute to eczema, acne and other skin rashes. Studies also find Vitamin D can help treat skin problems like psoriasis and acne. At the very least, I recommend a high-potency multivitamin/mineral that provides efficacious amounts of these and other nutrients.

Omega 3’s
Eat an omega 3-rich diet. Dry, itchy, scaling or flaking skin could signify a fatty-acids deficiency. Eat omega 3-rich foods like wild-caught fish and flaxseed regularly and also supplement with a high-potency fatty-acid formula.

Sweat it out
Exercise and sweat regularly. When body temperature rises, like when you exercise, skin blood flow transfers heat from the core of the body to the skin.  Sweating helps move and excrete toxins from your body. Saunas or steam baths are another smart option that help release the toxins through your skin as you sweat. One study found a protective effect of regular sauna on skin physiology. Get the toxins off your skin after the sauna or steam. Use a hot shower with soap and even a skin brush!

Simplify and Detox Your Beauty Routine
Be careful with skin products. Stop using creams, sun block and cosmetics that contain paraben, petrochemicals, lead or other toxins. Drugs and chemicals are easily absorbed through your skin. If you wouldn’t eat it, don’t put it on your skin.