Drink more water!
If you do nothing else, staying hydrated is the best thing you can do for your skin. I start each day by sipping warm, purified water to cleanse my system and flush out any toxins. If plain water seems a little bland, try adding some fresh lemon juice, or herbal teas are equally good too. Make sure you drink plenty of water between meals and especially when it’s hot or exercising, as this is when our skin can become most dehydrated, and show signs of dryness and ageing.
Most wrinkles are caused by sun exposure and one of the easiest ways to prevent wrinkles is by applying sunscreen. Make sunscreen part of your daily routine. Look for products that prevent UVA rays (responsible for premature ageing) and UVB rays (one of the main causes of skin cancer). Luckily you should find that most foundations and skincare already contain an SPF, however most are very low so an additional sunscreen is needed. Also don’t forget to wear sunscreen even in the winter when the sun can be more intense. Even on cloudy days the suns effects can still do damage.
Short Cool Showers
Long hot showers may be soothing after a long stressful day at work, but in fact it is one of the worse things you can do to your skin. Long hot showers wash away protective oils and moisture from your skin. Try to keep your showers cool and approximately ten minutes to help protect your skin. If you can stand it, a quick splash of cold water can do wonders to revive tired, dull looking skin and add shine to your hair.
Eat More Broccoli
Vitamin C-rich foods help break up free radicals in your skin. These free radicals cause sagging and wrinkles. So your first thought might be to grab an orange for the vitamin C but in fact you should actually eat broccoli. One cup of broccoli has more vitamin C than an orange and almost 65% of the daily-recommended value. Now didn’t your mother always say you should eat your greens.
Clean Your Phone!
Sounds simple right. But have you ever looked down at your phone after you have been talking on it and noticed all the leftover makeup on your phone? Imagine what else is probably lurking on your phone that you just touched to your face? Phones can have more bacteria than a toilet seat! Touching a bacteria contaminated phone to your face multiple times a day can do some serious damage to your skin. Try wiping your phone with an antibacterial wipe a few times a day to keep it bacteria free and face friendly.
Cook With Garlic
A lot of times what you eat can have a profound effect on you skin. Try cooking with garlic each day. Studies have shown that skin cells grown in a culture dish looked more youthful and healthy when treated with garlic versus the untreated ones. It also extended the life span of the cell almost seven times versus the untreated one. Just remember to clean your teeth after!
Eat Raw Manuka Honey
Raw honey is packed full of vitamins B, C and live enzymes. Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, manuka honey helps to reduce redness and heals congested or inflamed skin and eczema. Additionally, manuka oxygenates pores to draw out bacteria, drastically improving acne-prone areas; moisturizes; as well as promotes skin regeneration; repairs cellular damage and lessens scarring. All that from a little bee! My favourite way is to add a few drops of hot water to a quarter-sized dollop of manuka and gently massage around your entire face for three minutes (make sure you're not wearing any makeup). Gently wipe off with a washcloth or sponge for extra exfoliation.
Get Some Zzzzzz
Getting little sleep lowers blood circulation. When this happens it can make you look pale and washed out in the morning. Nighttime is also when your body is rejuvenating; especially your skin so when you lack sleep your body doesn’t get the chance it needs for its nightly rejuvenation process. If you have trouble sleeping try adding some lavender drops to your pillow, which will help your body to relax.
Give Yourself Facials With Fruit And Vegetable Scraps
Before you compost those scraps, treat yourself to a mini facial. The fruit acids (AHAs) in fruits like papayas and pineapples help loosen the bond between dead skin cells and living skin. Sloughing off dead skin cells exposes healthy ones, unclogs pores, and can reduce the appearance of fine lines and scars. AHAs can help even out skin tone, age spots, and blotchiness over time. Apply cucumber peels to reduce inflammation and to cool sunburn, and try avocado for dry skin. When applied to dry skin, avocados help lubricate every layer of your dermis. Their high levels of fats and vitamins like A, D and E help skin retain moisture and work as anti-agers.
Although cleaning your skin with oil sounds contradictory, it works on the principle of treating like with like. The oil you use to cleanse actually binds to the oil already on your skin and removes it (and impurities) when rinsed off. Cleansing with oils such as coconut, jojoba, avocado or grape seed, is done similarly to the honey method above: Warm about one tsp. of oil with your fingers, then massage into your skin in a circular motion for 1-2 minutes. Apply a warm, damp cloth over your face for 30 seconds before gently removing any excess oil. The heat helps loosen the oil and enlarges pores to pull out impurities. Finish with a splash of cool water or toner to close pores and keep them clear.
What are your favourite ways to keep skin looking healthy and glowing? Maybe you have a natural remedy you would like to share. Please comment, thanks!
Charlotte Trendell is a Professional Makeup Artist and Skin Camouflage Practitioner