They say first impressions count and since all humans are covered in skin, it’s pretty much important. We all want to put our best face forward and there are things we can do to encourage healthy glowing skin.
Skin is a large versatile organ; it is our knight in shining armour, our guard and defender. It stands between us and the elements, sun UV rays, air pollution and other free radicals. It produces antibacterial substances to fight infections and produces vitamin D for converting calcium into healthy bones.
In terms of beauty a tighter, elastic skin is best. However as we age skin loses that elasticity. You can’t prevent aging but you can definitely age gracefully and still look fabulous. Here are things to consider in terms of having a great skin: firmness, radiance, skin tone uniformity, texture and elasticity. Collagen is important, it is what gives skin its elasticity and firmness and as the years roll by we produce less and the drying winter weather doesn’t help. Things that help achive beautiful glowing skin.
Hydrate & moisturise This is a good thing to do constantly especially if you have dry skin. Pay attention to around the eyes, after a long day and stress they can appear fatigue with dark circles. Drink lots of water, 8 glasses a day is good.
Sun protection: Use SPF to protect you against the sun and minimise age spots, freckles, discolouration, wrinkles and skin cancers.
Eat well & detoxify A well balanced diet with the right vitamin content helps a lot. Eat plenty of vegetables, fruits, whole grains and proteins that are rich in vitamin A, C, and E. Vitamin C helps skin evenness and brightness, vitamin B increases blood flow. Lack of Vitamin D can make skin appear dull. These super foods are rich in nutrients; cucumber, kale, spinach, rainbow chard, ginger, celery and beets and broccoli.
Exfoliate regularly Gentle regular exfoliation twice a week helps get rid of dead cells, encourage new cell growth and stimulate circulation. To this and a nutritious face mask or peel to help even skin tone and smoothen it out. Masks and peels containing a beneficial amount of glycolic acid are good. Glycolic acid is a top exfoliator now made synthetically commercially but it is actually a natural ingredient from sugar cane, pineapple and sugar beets. It is very effective in removing dead cells revealing brighter fresher skin. Similar acids are as follows lactic acid from milk, malic acid from apples and pears, citric acid from oranges and lemons and tartaric acids from grapes.
Gentle cleansing Wash face at least twice a day including before bed time. Open pores allow skin to breath and prevent acne break outs. Avoid alcohol based products they dry skin out. Try to minimise the combination of commercial products you put on. Check you ingredient list and look for more natural organic products. Give up the cigarettes.
Radiance Make up: Wondered how the celebs look so wonderful? In addition to a skincare regime make up can do wonders. There are lots of options these days. For a radiant bright looking skin tone go for radiance boosters, bronzers and illuminators.