Using the correct homecare products is very important to maintain good skin health. I do not recommend cosmetic products – they are full of preservatives oil and fragrance that can irritate and clog the skin.
Invest in a good skin care range and you will see the results in your skin. Nutrition also plays a vital role in skin health. A well balanced diet with lots of fruit and vegetables on a daily basis contain many vitamins, minerals and proteins good for skin health.
Good daily cleansing is very important to remove makeup, oil and residue that builds up on the skin daily. Ideally you should cleanse your skin twice in the morning and twice in the evening.
Exfoliation is very important and the key to youthful radiant skin.
BOOST & BRIGHTEN YOUR SKIN WITH VITAMIN C
A lot of celebrities are using Vitamin C topically as well as taking orally to erase signs of ageing including fine lines and wrinkles. Vitamin C is a great supplement to take to benefit the body and immune system internally, however only 2-3% of the Vitamin will actually reach your skin, which is why it is important to use it topically as well.
A CHANGE IN SEASON, A CHANGE IN YOUR SKIN NEEDS!
The season has now changed, the darker mornings are well and truly upon us and winter has arrived, so now is the time to change your skincare routine to incorporate some winter skin saviours to ensure your skin is protected from the elements and nourished accordingly. The changing weather makes our skin less able to retain moisture, your skin becomes drier and duller. Here are some simple steps to keep your skin looking glowing and beautiful.
- Increase your water intake
- Upgrade your moisturiser to a richer, more hydrating product
- Make sure you continue to use a skin protection factor (SPF) during the cold seasons to prevent environmental skin damage.
- Invest in some skin treatments to hydrate and repair your skin during the Winter
DEALING WITH ACNE
Acne is a common skin condition that effects both men and women of all ages. Affecting a high percentage of adolescents and up to 50% of adults. Those affected by acne can develop severe scars as a result of inflammation, which may permanently change their lives. But there is hope. While acne is not curable, it is treatable! We now know more about controlling the condition than ever before. The secret is prevention – stopping the condition before it shows visual symptoms.
BE SUNSCREEN SAVVY
Sunscreen or UV skin protection is important all year round, not just the summer months, and should be used as part of your daily skincare regime. It is particularly important during the summer months when the sun is at it’s strongest. More than 90% of skin cancers are caused by the sun and sunscreens are a key weapon against this disease.
WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO YOUR BODY?
Skin and body health is a huge interest and passion of mine. I am a big believer that diet, lifestyle and stress have a huge impact on your body, all of your internal cells and organs! The skin is the largest organ in your body. Stress and hormonal changes in your body affect the skin the most, causing skin problems and breakouts.
PROTECT YOUR SKIN BOTH INTERNALLY & EXTERNALLY
I am always raving about how important diet is, and how much it affects our skin! Now that we have approached the Summer months, and have already experienced some beautiful sunshine, we must start to think about protecting our skin! Using sunscreen is a very important step in your daily skincare routine, but isn’t the only way to protect your skin from sun damage! By simply eating the correct super foods we can protect our skin internally as well. I recently read a great article, which I shared on our Facebook page – Foods to protect your skin from the sun;
Pomegranate may be the world’s most prolific source of polyphenols, which provide anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative protection to fend off free radicals.
- Spinach is high in Coenzyme Q10 which acts as a shield from free radical damage, stopping the damage from penetrating to the cells
- Soy products contain genistein which serves as an antioxidant and aides in collagen production.
- Broccoli is a great source of Alpha lipoic acid (ALA) which is a potent fat-and-water-soluble antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. Plus, it contains Isothiocyanates which combat carcinogens that can lead to cancer, including skin cancer.
- Berries help fend off free radicals that age the skin while simultaneously boosting collagen production levels.
- Goji berries are an extremely dense and nutritious food – a great source of essential fatty acids, free-radical fighting antioxidants, trace minerals, B vitamins, and eighteen amino acids. They’re also an excellent source of carotenoids which serve to protect cells from the danger of free radicals that may be produced by UV damage.
- Cucumbers are 96% water – structured water – which will keep your skin hydrated for longer and when your cells are properly hydrated, they’re more able to fight off free radicals. They’re also full of other nutrients and vitamins that are essential for strengthening your skin and contains Vitamins A, C and folic acid.
- Cold water fish and ground flaxseeds are excellent food sources of Essential Fatty Acids (EFA). EFA’s are vital and have amazing hydrating abilities in topical creams and when taken internally, they help to build up cell membranes and attract water to cells. Stronger cells are much more able to fight off free radical damage.
- Eggs contain Lecithin which can help protect your skin from sun damaged cells that can turn nasty.
- Carrots, sweet potatoes and oranges are packed with Vitamin A and Vitamin C, both of which are fantastic for fighting free radical damage.