The human spirit needs places where nature has not been re-arranged by the hand of man.
– author unknown
Communing with nature is a pursuit that can cleanse your mind and spirit. The calming effect of biking along a wooded path, hiking in the mountains, horseback riding in a field, swimming in the ocean, or just taking a walk through a local neighborhood park can reduce stress and recharge you both mentally and physically. But does this really have an effect on your skin and beauty? If so, how and why?
It’s often been proven that stress takes a toll on the body and all of its systems – that includes skin repair and regeneration. Spending time out in nature can have a significant effect on lowering stress levels and increase endorphin and serotonin levels (chemicals released in the brain that elevate mood). In addition, the aromatherapy benefits of natural scents like fragrant flowers, pine needles, and even the earthy smell of the forest can not only be relaxing, but can also be rejuvenating. And of course, the exercise you get walking, hiking, or doing other outdoor recreation can also get the blood pumping and give your complexion a fresh, rosy glow!
Exposure to sunshine helps our bodies produce Vitamin D and prevents vitamin D deficiency (which can contribute to acne, eczema, and psoriasis). Adequate Vitamin D levels also help with skin cell turnover and wound healing. But how can you get adequate protection from the sun’s damaging rays while still getting the Vitamin D that you need? Using Christie’s Bio-Clock Activation System can protect from UVA, UVB and Infrared Rays, but applying these products (like RECAPTURE 360 + IR Defense Anti-Aging Day Cream) immediately before going outside can be a great compromise. It takes at least 15 minutes for sunscreen to take full effect, so applying shortly before going outside can allow your skin to absorb some sunlight without allowing for over-exposure.
Fresh air can also have a positive effect on the skin, and the oxygen-rich air of a wooded or lush, green area can be therapeutic in many ways. Skin that is depleted of oxygen can start to become dull and ruddy. Go into the woods and breathe deep! Or breathe in the salty, ocean air.
Fresh air, sunshine, and the relaxation found in nature can be just what the doctor ordered for a beautiful you!