Having good skin is something we all want, or (the lucky ones!) already have.
But how do we get that dewy, glowing look without using highlighter?
Your skin is an organ
Your skin is an organ, the largest organ in your body, in fact. And just like your overall health, your skin can be healthy or unhealthy, nourished or malnourished.
Our skin ages as our supply of Vitamin A, collagen & elastin depletes. It also gets exposed to sunlight and harsh weather conditions and so it changes as we age.
But there are steps we can put in place that help our skin keep its natural elasticity and help us have healthy, glowing skin regardless of how old we are.
1. Making sure your skin is hydrated
Our skin needs to be hydrated, just like we do. An easy way to check if your skin is dry is to scratch yourself (gently!) and see if it leaves a white mark. If it does, then your skin is dry and you need to moisturise.
Not only this, but you need to exfoliate (again, gently) to remove the layers of dead skin and moisturise the new skin underneath. This doesn't mean using something with granules in it, because this is very bad for your skin. You want to use a gentle exfoliator that doesn't have any particles in it.
Be careful not to exfoliate too aggressively, as you can remove more than just the dead skin cells and expose skin to the elements that's not ready to deal with them.
2. Taking cold showers
Women in particular are guilty of having hotter showers than they should (we have a higher pain threshold, which is why you'll find the men in your life tend to turn the shower down before they jump in!)
Taking cold showers is much better for your skin. Hot water strips away skin moisture, whereas cold water can reinvigorate your skin, increase blood circulation and boost your metabolism!
3. Don't only moisturise your face
Did you know that you should be moisturising not only your face, but also your neck and chest as part of your daily routine?
These are both areas of sensitive skin, just like your face, and they age at the same rate that your facial skin does.
You should use a moisturiser that gives your skin what it needs (especially if you have sensitive skin as a rule) and avoid soaps and perfumed moisturiser than can actually dry out your skin. We recommend a Cosmeceutical brand, like Environ.
4. Combat the winter with a humidifier
Winter is hell for our skin. We go from hot to cold, cold to hot and back again. Not only does our skin get dry, but it needs a little extra help recovering and you may find that you moisturise more in the winter than you feel you need to in the summer.
Running a humidifier at night keeps the air moist around you and can stop your skin from drying out overnight, giving it a great head start before you head outside for your morning commute.
5. Drink more soy milk
Soy milk is really good for your skin because it contains high-quality proteins that help your skin to build and retain collagen.
Soy can also act as an antioxidant, which protects your skin from damage.
Good sources of soy include tofu, as well as soy milk!
6. Avoid fragranced, coloured or antibacterial products
Products that include artificial colourings, fragrance or that produce bubbles can have a drying effect on skin, causing it to crack and damage more quickly.
The number 1 rule for skin is moisture, you want to keep it healthy and hydrated, and avoiding these sorts of products will help you do that.
7. Consider taking Vitamin C supplements
Rose hips is rich in Vitamin C, which helps keep skin smooth and hydrated. Not only this, but it's rich in essential fatty acids and antioxidants that can help reduce scarring, correct dry spots and help dry or irritated skin.
Celebrities like Kate Middleton, Gwyneth Paltrow and Victoria Beckham all swear by the power of rose hips.
You can either smooth the oil over your face, or you can take tabular supplements. It’s not enough to walk into Holland & Barrett though, you will need a supplement with the right levels of vitamin C to impact your skin. Book your free skin consultation today and we can help you with this.
8. Break a sweat
Sweating is your body's way of eliminating toxic chemicals that can build up underneath the skin. When you exercise you increase blood circulation around your body, and this includes your skin!
9. Eat more Omega 3
Omega 3 fatty acids are particularly good for your skin. They have been shown to reduce inflammation as well as reducing the risk of acne and other skin problems.
Eating oily fish is a good way to get your Omega 3 oils, but you should also look at taking a supplement to ensure consistency, as Omega 3 levels in oily fish vary.
10. Drink more tea
Excellent news for Brits and tea-lovers alike, tea is full of antioxidants that help your skin repair and maintain itself. Antioxidants fight free-radicals, which is one of the causes for our skin to age, and they can help reduce the effects of sun and smoking on your skin.
The best way is to drink cold tea (think refrigerated rather than left on the kitchen counter!) with lemon.
Feel like your skin could need some help? We offer free skin consultations, bookable via our homepage!