1. Never go to bed with makeup on
Leaving your makeup on while you sleep, this is a total no no!! Your skin is a living breathing organ and it needs to breathe and rejuvenate at night. Not removing your makeup before sleep at night will lead to breakouts and blocked pores. Your makeup combined with your skins natural oils and perspiration is a recipe for blocked pores leading to breakouts and skin rashes. Help your skin to look it best. Always wash your make up off at night with a gentle cleanser and use a moisturiser with extra nutrients for your skin to absorb whilst you are sleeping and wake up with rested skin and a healthy glow.
2. Reduce processed foods, eat more fruits and vegetables
It is so true and so necessary to consider if you want to get the best out of your skin care products you have to remember that ‘you are what you eat’. To many processed, packaged, food products full of sugar, salt and many additives and preservatives is not good nutrition for your body and will eventually start to reflect in your skin. To make your skin radiate it needs to start from the inside.
I know we all love the occasional splurge and treats but it is best to adopt an 80/20 rule. That is, 80 percent of what you consume in food and drinks should be as natural and unprocessed as possible with plenty of variety and lots of vegetables and fruit to be at your best. Feeling good on the inside will make your skin to glow.
3. Eat healthy fats
Think about the fats that you are consuming in your diet. Not all fats are good for you and some; especially trans-fats are very bad for your health. When adding fats to your food and cooking try to keep the saturated fats to a minimum and think about consuming more nutritional fats that are beneficial to your body and skin such as omega 3 fatty acids.
Eating oily fish like salmon and tuna and taking fish oil or flaxseed oil supplements can help you meet your daily quota. And don’t forget the monounsaturated and polyunsaturated oils such as olive oil. Small amount of good oils in your diet can do wonders for healthy skin.
4. Drink water, not soda-pop
Many soft drinks and carbonated drinks contain too much sugar and additives. Sugar adds no nutritional value to your diet so you need to keep it to the minimum. Sugary drinks have no health benefits and can contribute to an unhealthy and dull complexion.
Drink more water, at least eight glasses a day and more if you are exercising. Water will keep you hydrated and improve the quality and texture of your skin. Drink herbal teas to increase your water intake. Adding lemon and lime slices to water and ice can be a taste sensation and very refreshing, even adding sliced fruit such as strawberries can add a taste sensation to your water without adding to much sugar.
5. Maintain a skin care routine
Go for quality, not quantity, but the best natural and or organic skincare products you can afford and if you are starting afresh with your skin care than cover the basics. Make sure that you buy products suitable for your skin and go with a excellent cleanser, toner, moisturiser, eye cream, exfoliator and a treat such as a serum to give you skin that extra something special to keep it looking beautiful.
6. Wear sunscreen every day
This is a huge one for all around the world. I live in Australia and we have so many beautiful beaches and outdoor spaces to enjoy for recreation but unfortunately we also have one of the highest incidences of skin cancer in the world. So if you do nothing else for your skin, you must protect it from the sun. Save your life and retain your youth.
Too much exposure to the sun is one of the biggest causes of premature aging. It causes a lot of damage to your skin. Wear the best sunscreen that you can afford and if you want to achieve a healthy summer glow choose a wise alternative to sun tanning such sunless tanning lotions and spray tans. For a sunless tan there are some top alternatives out there in the natural and organic ranges.
7. Moisturize your skin
Applying moisturiser will help to keep your skin hydrated throughout out all the seasons and the different climatic conditions that your skin is exposed to. Moisturises don’t necessarily prevent wrinkles but they can help to minimise their appearance and help you skin to look smooth and silky, the best that it can be.
8. Watch your weight
This really goes hand-in-hand with good nutrition. You need to maintain a healthy body weight. Yo-yo dieting and living in a cycle of dramatic weight gain and loss takes a toll on your skin and your skin will loose its elasticity which can make you look older than your years. It is well worth dedicating to a lifestyle of healthy eating and exercise to be healthy in all aspects of your life as well as you skin.Live as happy and healthy as you can, it reflects in your face and your skin.