I know, you’ve heard this so many times, but hey, we will keep saying it loud & clear, as it really is that important!
So, water is a must throughout the day at least 2lts or 8 glasses, whichever you find easier to swallow (no pun intended).
If you can’t do water on its own have a herbal tea or there are some great natural inner beauty boosts you can add for flavour that are also super healthy.
Adding in fruits and vegetables to your diet that have a high water content such as watermelon, cucumber, orange, grapefruit & strawberries is another way to get the hydration your skin & body needs.
Let’s look at topically applied hydration.
Lots of products on the market to choose from but my personal favourite & what your skin will benefit from is a good quality Hyaluronic Acid.
Hyaluronic acid may not be the newest or most sparkling product ingredient out there, but it’s tried and true and seriously good for your skin. First off, don’t let the word “acid” fool you. Hyaluronic acid isn’t harsh or skin-stripping at all. In fact, it’s the exact opposite – a powerful humectant (aka moisture-binding ingredient) that keeps skin plump, hydrated and, yes, young-looking.
HA has been referred to as “the key molecule involved in skin moisture” HA is capable of holding up to 1000 times its weight in water. So if you add one extra serum to your home care regime, HA should defiantly be the one.
SUN & SKIN
The sun as beautiful as it is really isn’t great for the skin. Since a lifetime of sun exposure can lead to wrinkles & age spots & we have a very high rate of skin cancer in Australia. We really do need to protect our skin, year round & that includes cloudy days. There’s no excuse to skip applying a good quality UVA & UVB sunblock. A minimum of SPF 30 is great but SPF 50 is even better.
Get applying people, let’s slip, slop, slap every day.
You are What You Eat
Don’t get me started on inner beauty, that’s a subject for another day!
Eating fresh fruits, greens, sufficient protein, and vitamins plus a diet rich in vitamin C and low in fats and sugar, promotes radiant skin. Consider a low sugar diet, which can keep insulin levels down, allowing cells to maintain a healthy balance.
Take time out for yourself, stress levels rising can lead to a breakout, we’ve all noticed that pimple appear when we are under the pump at work or our everyday lives are a bit hectic.
Stress causes our bodies to produce cortisol amongst other hormones which in turn make the skin oilier than usual. Practicing mindfulness like breathing techniques, yoga, meditation or just getting outside in fresh air, can be a real benefit to mind, body & soul as well as your skin.
Don’t forget to smile each & every day. The bonus of smiling is how it makes you feel on the inside & look on the out but your skin muscles will thank you for it too. Keep those muscles toned & active, you’ll notice the difference when you express your inner joy & happiness.
I love my sleep, but I know it can be difficult for many to get those well-needed 8hrs a night. Remember your skin gets tired too so while we sleep our skin rests too.
A Big Must is Removing all makeup, using your cleanser & warm water not hot as this will dry the skin. Do your skincare regime before your head hits the pillow & your skin will wake as fresh as a daisy.