Your diet plays a huge role in achieving beautiful, glowing skin. Small meals throughout the day balanced with protein, whole grain, non-processed carbohydrates and good fats will supply your body with what it needs to build and maintain beautiful skin. If your diet contains high levels of sugar and refined grains, you’re likely to have high blood glucose levels and excessive insulin levels. This is linked to poor skin, breakouts and inflammation.
The skin is the largest organ and needs to be hydrated. Coffee, alcohol and caffeinated beverages dehydrate the skin so increase your water intake if you consume these beverages in excess. Clean water flushes out the toxins that you are exposed to daily. Excessive toxins in the body can lead to skin issues and does not support glowing skin.
Know Your Skin
Identify your primary skin concern like dehydration, break-outs or aging and select your skincare products accordingly.
Establish an effective skincare routine. Cleanse tone and moisturise twice a day – once in the morning before applying make-up and once at night before going to bed. When cleansing, use tiny circular motions upward and very gentle pressure. Use warm water to rinse after cleansing as hot water can over-dry the skin and cold water won’t rinse off the cleanser.
Toning & Moisturising
Toner prepares your skin to accept moisture better so while skin is still damp, smooth on moisturizer to seal the moisture in. Take a few extra seconds to massage in moisturizer to spark circulation and enhance radiance.
Go gently when applying eye cream. Dot in a full circle all around the eye. Never pull or tug and use your ring finger to apply as it’s the weakest finger so you won’t apply too much pressure. As an extra tip - Smooth a little eye cream around your lips every day as this area is very delicate and requires extra care.
Exfoliate to slough off dead skin cells. If you have sensitive skin, twice a week could be too much and could cause irritation. If your skin is naturally oily you may have to exfoliate more than twice a week to accommodate a higher build-up of dead skin cells. When you want deep exfoliation, it’s important not to apply too much force. Use tiny circular movements as you exfoliate your skin. Don't think scrub when you're using one.
The Importance Of SPF
UV rays are responsible for many things in regard to our skin like aging, redness and inflammation. The more long term effects of UV ray damage include loss of elasticity to the skin, spider veins on the face and neck and a loss of colour and fullness in the lips. Incorporate an SPF into your daily skincare regime. Dermatologists recommend using a minimum SPF30 and an SPF50 will do the job for a full day of exposure. Also, don’t forget your lips – swap your regular chap-stick with one that contains a minimum SPF15 for daily protection.
Supplements For Glowing Skin
Vitamins A, C, D & E all help the skin and are necessary for skin health. Essential fatty acids and other good fats in the diet are required to help with the absorption of skin healthy vitamins. Good fats are necessary to prevent inflammation (which leads to redness) and to smooth out the skin. Probiotics are ‘good’ or ‘helpful’ bacteria that keep your gut healthy and improve the absorption of vitamins and minerals for a healthy clear complexion. When it comes to your skin, calcium plays a large role, primarily protective, in the overall health and strength of the skin. Calcium has also been shown to lower the PH of the skin, creating a more PH balanced epidermis. If your PH level is too alkaline or too acidic, the mantle is disturbed and skin conditions such as dermatitis, eczema, and rosacea may result.
High stress levels can impact on the health of our skin. High cortisol (the stress hormone) has been linked to a number of health issues including poor skin. Stress reducing techniques including exercise, laughter, meditation and sleep will do wonders for your skin. Exercise increases circulation which in turn boosts the better delivery of vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants to your skin. These vital nutrients can then help slow aging, boost firmness and help repair skin cells. Sleep balances your nervous system and allows for healing to occur that you will not get during waking hours. You should get 7-8 hours every night for healthy, glowing skin