Dermatologist Dr. Macrene on Optimizing Lifestyle for Skin Health

Feed your skin the nutrients it needs to glow. 

Spring clean skin starts with your lifestyle practices. Harvard Dermatologist Dr. Macrene shares her expert lifestyle recommendations for maintaining healthy skin. 

Live in line with the spring season:

• Eat seasonally. Vegetables like asparagus, broccoli, and green beans alongside fruits including citrus and berries • 

"Incorporate healthy ingredients for boosting skin quality: these are typically found in the Mediterranean diet and include fruit, vegetables, and healthy omega oil from foods such as olive oil and flaxseeds." - Dr. Macrene

• Morning Light. As the weather warms spend 15 minutes outside each morning for early light exposure. Make sure to wear your SPF • 

"There is a positive association between sun exposure and vitamin D levels, mood and cognition," reports Dr. Macrene, who holds an MD and PhD in neuroscience. "The ideal time is in the early morning so as to maximize the benefits to your health while minimizing photodamage. Avoid peak hours of 10 am to 2 pm."

• Brisk Walking. Spend 15 minutes walking outside each morning and evening at a brisk pace. Instead of taking a vehicle, walk to work or run errands. Wear a hat and SPF in order to maximize benefits and minimize sun damage • 

"Walking is easily accessible and shown to be an excellent form of daily exercise," says Dr. Macrene. "Walk vigorously enough so as to raise your heart rate in order to gain cardiac benefits. The ideal time is in the early morning or evening hours so as to pair with outdoor light exposure, while minimizing sun damage."

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