Maintaining healthy skin doesn’t always have to be a long time consuming process. A good skincare routine with appropriate products is important but glowing healthy skin also comes from the inside. The food we eat, our lifestyle, health issues, stress and exercise all have an impact on our complexion. So, while you are at home a little more during lockdown here are some simple things that you can easily incorporate into your day to help you maintain a healthy glow.
1. Hydrate from within
Did you know that the first signs of dehydration show up on the skin? Aim to drink two litres of water each day to glow from the inside out. If you find it hard to drink water try adding some lemon or strawberries to add a little flavour. Lemon has the added benefit of providing Vitamin C and antioxidants.
Cleansing is key to healthy skin. I recommend cleansing the face twice a day, morning and night to remove make-up, oils, dead skin cells and dust from the skin. It is my experience that many people cleanse at night in order to remove makeup before bed, however, not as many people cleanse in the mornings. Overnight, things like sweat, oils and debris can build up on the skin and should be washed off in the morning. When choosing a cleanser, avoid harsh ones and stick to a nice, gentle creamy cleanser.
Exfoliating will remove dead skin cells from the pores and encourage fresh, glowing skin. Use a light, gentle scrub twice a week.
They call it ‘beauty sleep’ for a reason. When we sleep, our skin cells start to repair. Sleep is good for mental, physical and skin health so it is really important. Aim to get 7 to 8 hours sleep a night. If you find it hard to get a good nights sleep, try to create some calm in your home before bed. Staying away from phones and devices for an hour or two before going to bed can really help you get better sleep. Experiment with different sleep aids such as chamomile tea to relax you and help you sleep or try popping a little lavender oil on your pillow. I love the This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray.
5. Eat well
What we eat has a significant impact on health and wellness, energy levels, immune health and skin health. As mentioned, healthy skin starts from the inside. Vitamin B, C, E and A and essential fatty acids are among some of the things we should have in our diet for skin health. Oranges, carrots, broccoli, tomatoes, potatoes, bananas are among some of the things that you should include in your diet. Leafy greens such as spinach and kale are great along with legumes like kidney beans and peas. Try to eat oily fish like salmon once or twice a week. Avocado is rich in omegas, Vitamin E and antioxidants and is great for the skin.