Tips for brighter, glowing skin
Beauty is more than just skin deep yet our outward appearance is one of the most visible expressions of our beauty. With the dry winter months now a memory from the past, it’s all about the pursuit of bright and radiant skin. Here’s a few suggestions on the best ways to achieve it.
Slap on some sunscreen - It’s better to stay out the sun completely because most wrinkles are caused by sun exposure. If you really have to go outdoors, look for a formula that offers broad-spectrum protection to guard against UVA rays (causes premature aging) and UVB rays (main cause of skin cancer). Sun spots and hyperpigmentation can also be prevented by using sunscreen daily. Make sure the label reads ‘noncomedogenic’ or ‘nonacnegenic’ so that the product does not tend to block pores.
Use a Vitamin C Serum or Moisturiser – There are many forms of Vitamin C and each of them have their own benefits. When added to your daily skincare routine, these benefits can range from helping even your skin tone, revitalize the skin's surface, significantly improve hydration, and keep your skin looking younger for longer.
Remove your makeup – The most important skincare rule of all time. Before hitting the sheets, remove all traces of makeup so that the skin can breathe. Otherwise you’ll be waking up to blemishes and blackheads in the morning. Also wash your makeup brushes regularly, at least once a week, so that the bacteria doesn’t get pushed back into your pores when you’re using them.
Eat right–A diet rich in vitamin C and low in fats and sugar promotes radiant skin. Foods such as tomatoes contain Lycopene which combat acne and protect your skin from the suns UV rays. Green tea and berries fight acne while their antioxidants keep the skin looking healthier and younger. And did you know that brown rice contains ceramides that lock moisture into the outer layer of the skin?
Sweat it out – Exercise regularly. Doing yoga, running or just a brisk walk around the block will increase circulation. We detox in many ways and also through our skin. You’ll notice the glow after your walk immediately.
Silence is golden – Wind down, meditate, relax and take it easy. Stress can cause breakouts, frowning causes wrinkles, you get where I’m going with this. Have some ‘ME’ time even if you just start with 10 minutes a day. Sleep early. Make sure you’re getting at least 8 hours of sleep every night. They don’t call it beauty sleep for nothing. You’ll feel and notice the difference in your complexion.
And last but definitely not least
Drink lots of water – I love fizzy drinks and can’t get myself to drink water as often as I should. My skin and kidneys are suffering for it. When I go to the gym though, water is my saviour. It flushes out toxins, keeps my skin plump and hydrated and can prevent and reduce eye puffiness in the morning.