1. Where to start
Having a shower or washing your face does more than wake you up in the morning. Cleansing with cold or warm water helps remove dead skin cells that stick together leaving your face looking tired and pale. To stimulate the growth of new skin cells, wash with an exfoliating scrub or face wash once or twice a week. Don’t over use them, especially with very hot water and avoid if your skin starts to get red or irritated.
2. Invest in your skin
Moisturising is the next natural step after cleansing. Apply a serum for a deeper and faster result when the skin is slightly damp to help seal in moisture. Most face lotions and moisturisers are oil-based, which can overwhelm your face and cause it to over produce natural oil called sebum. If you have oily skin or are prone to breakouts, use a serum for a more natural hydration.
3. Quench the thirst
Skin needs moisture from the inside out too and experts suggest drinking six to eight glasses of water a day. Keep tabs on how much caffeine and alcohol you’re consuming as both can make you dehydrated and ensure you always drink water with a meal.
4. Start early
Even if you’re lucky enough to still be in your 20’s, using a product containing Hexapeptide 11 is a great idea. Peptides improve the skin elasticity to help fight off fine lines and wrinkles in the future. Since the wrinkle-fighting ingredient makes skin more sensitive in the sun,use it along with a sunscreen or use it at night before bed.
5. No thanks sugar
We are all guilty of indulging in sugar, whether this is in your cappuccino in the morning or a sweet dessert after dinner. High-sugar diets cause inflammation, which can lead to breakouts and dry skin. Remember to check the grams of sugar in seemingly healthy or savoury-tasting foods, such as flavoured yogurt and cereal as lots of sugars are hidden where you least expect them.
6. Stay Shady
Nothing damages your skin more than the sun. Harmful sun rays effectively speed up the ageing process by slowing down the production of both collagen and cell growth which results in the skin losing its elasticity. The best defence is to always use a sunscreen. Look for ones with a SPF of 20 or higher that provides wide range of protection, meaning it blocks both UVA and UVB rays.
7. Count those sheep
Having the recommended seven to eight hours of sleep each night will gives your cells the time they need to fix the daily damage and recuperate. For skin, that means fighting off wrinkles, fine lines, and breakouts. And trying to make up for a week’s worth of missed sleep on the weekend doesn’t work as the body needs consistent sleep to perform and look its best.
8. Eat your greens
Variety is the key message to remember when shopping for your produce. From apples to broccoli, each fruit or vegetable has different beneficial antioxidants. The compounds found in these foods help fight off ‘free radicals’, molecules that increase the effects of inflammation, sun damage, and signs of ageing. Aim for somewhere between five to seven portions of fruits and vegetables a day, you should see a major improvement in your skins health in as little as 6 weeks time - not too mention all the other benefits!
9. Chilled Vibes
‘Chill’ has become an overused phrase in recent times but it’s importance is paramount. Working 12-hour days or burning the candle at both ends doesn’t just affect your behaviour; stress destroys your skin, too. Being overworked throws your hormone levels into overdrive, which damages healthy skin cells and makes you twice as likely to develop breakouts and wrinkles. You cannot buy relaxation and skincare products will not be as effective if you do not let your skin recharge.
10. Stop Smoking
Having a pasty yellow skin tone is another reason to give up smoking. ‘Lighting up’ decreases circulation and natural collagen production, so skin loses its natural tone and colour and ends up looking yellow and pale. Plus, the act of smoking leads to fine lines around the lips and other signs of premature ageing.