Fresh and healthy skin can be the secret to looking younger and feeling great but often half the battle to achieve this is finding out where to start. To get the clear, radiant skin you’ve always hoped for, try changing your lifestyle to incorporate these tips.
Exfoliate your skin
As we age, our skin’s natural enzymes are less effective at removing dead skin cells that can block your pores and prevent your skin from reflecting light. This means that not only are you more prone to pimples and blemishes but your skin is left looking ashy and grey. To speed up the cellular turnover in your skin, introduce exfoliation into your natural skincare* routine. This will nourish and restore your skin as well as making the way for moisturising products to penetrate more deeply. Limit your exfoliation to one or two days per week as over-exfoliating can sometimes leave your skin dry and damaged.
Hit the hay
Something as simple as getting the right amount of sleep every night can vastly improve your skin’s appearance. Not enough quality sleep will make your skin look tired and therefore older, especially for those who suffer from puffy eyes. Make sure you have a regular routine at bedtime so that you are fully relaxed before you nod off. If you have trouble sleeping at night, why not try exercise to tire you out? Avoiding caffeine in the evenings and avoiding eating after a certain time can also improve your overall sleep quality.
Don’t neglect h2o
Water helps to get rid of the toxins that cause blemishes and inflammation and also assists in transporting nutrients and oxygen to skin cells to prevent dehydration. If you’re dehydrated, premature ageing can occur. It is recommended that you drink at least 8 glasses of water per day and more if you live in a hot climate or if you’re particularly active.
Green vegetables such as kale and broccoli contain mass amounts of vitamin C which have been known to get rid of the free radicals that can cause wrinkles and sagging. It has also been found that vitamin C can help to treat sun damaged skin that is notorious for causing fine lines and discolouration. Another green thing that will benefit your skin is green tea which is high in anti oxidants and therefore said to improve redness and inflammation altogether making your skin look a lot younger and fresher.
Protect your skin from harm
Protecting your skin from harm can include anything from UV rays, hot water and even bacteria that lurk on your smartphone. Wearing sunscreen has been proven to reduce wrinkles as 90% of wrinkles are caused by sun exposure. In terms of hot water, a steamy shower may feel great after a long day but the heat strips essential oils and creates a mild burn. Skin reacts to this by dilating blood vessels in an effort to cool down and this causes flushing and ruddiness. As we age, our skin loses its ability to shrink back to its original state meaning that we can appear ruddy all of the time