Prep your skin and body for summer with these simple and effective tips...
An obvious one that we all really know, but what you take inside your body shows up on the outside… So for glowing skin you need to think about a diet that is packed with:
- Orange coloured fruit and vegetables for beta-carotene. Not only is this a pre-cursor to vitamin A, but also a potent antioxidant shown to help the body fend off free radical damage. Beta-carotene helps protect against sun damage and also with skin disorders such as acne and dermatitis, which are often exacerbated with heat and sun cream application.
- Collagen supplementation. As it helps stimulate the body’s own production of collagen, in the summer months, additional collagen can help minimize the damaging effects of increased sun exposure. Also, it’s a great booster for nail and hair growth. Grab a Vitness from Harvey Nichols nationwide or Planet Organic at £2.95.
- Water-rich fruit and Vegetables. Cucumbers, melons, celery, lettuce, radish and tomatoes are not only packed with vitamins and minerals but also all around 95% water… along with your daily 2 litre clean fluids, these foods are a great way to keep your hydration levels up.
If you’ve never body brushed, give it a go, it is a sure fire way to feel rejuvenated and awake first thing in the morning pre-shower. Not only is it enlivening, but the benefits go beyond helping to shed dead skin cells and encourage cell renewal. As well as smoother and brighter skin, you can expect improved blood circulation and better lymphatic drainage, which is by-word for a mini detox. Use a natural fibre brush and start at the legs brushing up towards the heart in long strokes and in clock-wise circles on the torso and up the arms. Mio Skincare do a lovely one for £14.50 at Look Fantastic.
Ever heard the saying ‘summer bodies are made in the winter’? Well there is some wisdom in that, but it’s never too late to start and anything you do exercise wise is of benefit to your body and skin as it increases circulation and moves lymph around the body, assisting natural detox. Increased blood flow means better delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the skin, which essentially means you feed your face with all the good stuff you’ve been eating… We are big fans of lower impact high intensity spin classes (so no potential skin drag bouncing up and down on a hard surface!), try your legs at Psycle, Boom Cycle and The Pack at Virgin Active.
Epsom Salt Bath (magnesium)
Another old classic still done today for a reason; magnesium is a key mineral that activates over 300 enzyme reactions in the body, is crucial to muscle contraction, blood circulation, energy, nutrient metabolism and cell formation. It’s also worth noting that modern life means we are all generally deficient in magnesium. A magnesium salt bath is great for repairing and maintaining healthy skin barrier function, which is your first line of defence against environmental aggressors. Pour two-cups of quality Epsom salts into warm water and soak for at least 20 minutes. Drink plenty of water during and after.
Fake it don’t bake it
Sun is responsible for around 80% of skin ageing, so it’s worth popping on a quality sun block all year round. Especially during the summer months, even on cloudy days, you’ll need a high factor spf with UVA and UVB filters. We love Ultrasun Face SPF 50 (£26) and La Roche-Posay Anthelios AOX Daily SPF 50 (£16.50). For fake tan, you can’t far wrong with Madame La La’s range of beautiful streak free mouse (in two shades for £30).