Skin is the largest organ in your body and is the biggest reflector of your health… get your skin clear, radiant and glowing with these easy tips…
- Wear sunscreen. An oldie but a goodie, this is one of the most important steps for younger looking skin. Throughout the year, UVA and UVB rays penetrate the skin and wreck havoc with your DNA and cause 90% of skin ageing. Skincancer.org recommend an spf of 15 or higher with both UVA and UVB protection all year round. Luckily today it’s easier than ever to find a formulation that works for you and many brand have incorporated a tint so you don’t need to wear foundation over the top. Some of our favourites are La Roche-Posay Rosalian CC Cream spf 30 £19.50, Ultrasun Face Tinted (in Honey or Ivory) for all day protection £26 and Clinique Super City Block spf 40 £18.00.
- Stay hydrated. Water and other ‘clean’ fluids help clear the toxins from your system that can cause inflammation and potentially blemishes. If your liver and kidneys are struggling to get rid of unwanted nasties (especially around the festive season with more alcohol, sugar and rich foods) it will show up on your skin in the form of blemishes, uneven skin tone and potentially premature ageing. Sugar creates Advanced Glycation End products (apply the acronym is ‘AGEs’), which creates inflammation and affects the cross-linking of collagen, leading to vascular stiffening and accelerating ageing. Herbal tea, green tea, Vitness (£2.95 from Harvey Nichols, Planet Organic or online for packs) and good old water will all add to your fluid intake for the day.
- Get some shuteye. Increasingly difficult as it is in our 24/7 world to get enough sleep, it’s imperative to keeping your skin radiant and healthy-looking. Blood flow shifts when we are sleeping and shuttles nutrients and oxygen-rich blood to the surface of the skin, allowing repairs to be made and your skin to do its job properly. Without enough sleep, your poor skin is left unrepaired, pasty and dull. Get yourself a bedtime routine in the week where you switch your smart phone off, do something relaxing (a bath, read a book) and go to bed at roughly the same time. We love This Works Pillow Spray £20, Clarins Body Treatment Oil ‘Relax’ £40 and Pukka Night Time Tea £2.45.
- Feed your face. We all know you are what you eat, and skin is clear reflection of this. Feeding your body the right nutrients and bioactives from the inside is crucial to maintaining glowing, radiant skin. After all, you wouldn’t put rubbish in your car and expect it to run smoothly, would you… Eating a nutritious diet full of fresh vegetables, fruit, nuts and clean protein (fish, soya and lean meats) keeps your body fuelled and provides skin with the building blocks for repair and maintenance. Adding a collagen supplement to your diet is a great way to boost collagen production, as once absorbed, collagen in the blood stream triggers your fibroblasts (the collagen production sites) to produce more collagen, which helps reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles and boosts nail and hair growth to boot. Vitness Tonics (£2.95) have 3.3g collagen per bottle, plus resveratrol, vitamins C, E and zinc and powerful plant antioxidants from noni berry, goji berry and green tea.
- Clean your phone. Various scientific studies have revealed that smart phones are excellent harbours for germs (more than a public toilet in a Stanford University study!). We touch them constantly and whilst sharing them is neighbourly, it’s also a great way of spreading viruses and bacteria. It’s common sense that if your pressing the phone against your face, the bacteria will migrate to your skin, potentially causing spots and irritation. Give your phone a clean with an anti-bacterial wipe at least once a day to keep it germ free.
- Clean your makeup brushes. Apparently the majority of British women (72%) do not clean their makeup brushes, which harbour bacteria and dirt that can cause spots, blemishes and irritation. Once a week just give them a wash with a gentle shampoo under warm running water and rinse till the water runs clear. We love Johnsons baby shampoo £1.99 and MAC Brush Cleaner £12.