Your skin is one of those things you can’t escape, you wake up and the first thing you will see is the skin on your face, arms, legs, chest and just about anywhere else. As we get olderso does our skin and that’s just a part of our ageing process. However, there are ways to help your skin as it’s going through this process and give it the little boost it needs.
Radiant and youthful skin doesn’t just happen overnight, it is a combination of the right foods, exercise, sleep and skincare routine. Keep on reading to find out our secrets to keeping your skin looking radiant and youthful.
The first step is to help our skin from the inside and ensuring that we are providing ourselves with the right amounts of nutrients to fuel our skin. Consuming wholesome foods full of nutrients and antioxidants will really shine through in your skin.
Here is our handy little guide to keep with you next time you are grocery shopping. They are easy picks to store and cook with, your skin will thank you later!
- Fatty Fish – Fish such as salmon, mackerel and herring are amazing for skin health. They are rich in omega 3 fatty acids, which will ultimately help your skin to reduce inflammation and keep your skin feeling moisturised.
- Avocados – Now we all know this one, avocados are high in beneficial fats containing vitamins E and C, which are so important for healthy skin.
- Walnuts – Walnuts are a good source of essential fats such as zinc, vitamin E and C, selenium and protein. They are so easy to consume as well, simply have raw, chop them up and put them in your cereal or blend them into your smoothies.
- Sunflower seeds – These little seeds contain many skin glowing nutrients such as vitamin E and zinc.
- Sweet potatoes – Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of beta-carotene, this acts as a natural sunblock and may protect your skin from future sun damage – and we all know how damaging the sun can be on our young skin.
- Tomatoes – Red, juicy tomatoes are a good source of vitamin C and all the major carotenoids (don’t worry, we didn’t know that word either until we looked it up). Carotenoids ultimately protect your skin from the sun and help prevent wrinkling.
- Dark chocolate – Yes, you heard us right! Cocoa (the main ingredient found in dark chocolate) contains antioxidants that can help your skin against sunburn, improve wrinkles, thickness, hydration and skin texture. But remember, still have it in moderation. We have a wide range of natural and organic dark chocolates to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Now we know exercise isn’t everyone’s favourite activity, but it really doesn’t have to be that hard. You don’t need to go to the gym and use all those fancy machines that look like they’ve come straight out of an Avengers movie (seriously though, does anyone know how to use them).
However, exercise can be as simple as taking your dog for a walk. It’s all about increasing your blood flow as this can help to nourish your skin cells. This is because the blood carries oxygen and other nutrients to working cells in your body, including the skin.
Although most of us hate the feeling of sweating, it is great for clearing up your skin! Exercise allows your sweat glands to get rid of any toxins that are living deep underneath your skin’s surface. But be careful! You don’t want to be leaving that sweat on your face for too long. Straight after exercising hop in the shower or wash your face.
Now no more excuses! Get out your favourite pair of leggings and get outside.
Now don’t pretend like you haven’t heard this one before, sleep is one of those things that your mother and grandmother used to tell you. And yes they were right…
According to the National Sleep Foundation, seven to nine hours of sleep per night is ideal for most adults. Less than this can have a major impact on your skin and can help in the development of wrinkles, sagging and dark circles.
These hours are crucial for your body as fluids are delivered to your organs and tissues that need replenishing, all while removing excess fluids from other areas. This is why people that are sleep-deprived get under-eye bags as it is excess fluid that hasn’t been removed.
So turn off your Netflix and go to bed!
4. Skincare Routine
Okay, so we’ve looked at ways to help our skin from the inside, but what about the outside? A good skincare routine should not be underestimated, using natural and organic products is what our skin thrives on.
Makeup Remover – Not removing your makeup properly is undoubtedly one of the worst things you can do for your skin. All of that bacteria seeps into your pores resulting in acne and ageing skin. Our favourite natural makeup remover is coconut oil. Simply take a pea-sized amount and rub between your hands, so it warms up. Apply to face, moving your hands In circular motions. You will see the makeup starting to break down on your face. Coconut oil is great for those with sensitive skin as it is a gentle way to remove makeup and leaves your skin feeling moisturised.
Face Wash – Ideally, you should be washing your face every morning and night. Even though you have taken off your makeup and there seems to be no residue on your face, trust as there is! It is so important to give your skin one last wash before applying any other products. Have a look at our recommended wide range of face washes here.
Toner – Now toner is an odd one in our skincare routine; it is left out by so many people. And the people that do use it aren’t even sure why they are. A face toner helps to remove excess dirt, any traces of oil and makeup as well as correct the pH balance of your skin. It is an important step before applying your moisturiser and preps your skin to absorb the products. Check out this range of natural toners, that are perfect for your skin.
Moisturiser – Even if you have oily skin, moisturiser is a step that should never be left out of your skincare routine. Here are some of our favourite natural moisturisers:
- Almond Oil: Can be used to treat dry skin and used in multiple forms. Use it as a natural cleanser or even mix into your moisturiser. You can even use it as a face mask, simply leave on skin for 10 minutes and rinse with warm water.
- Shea Butter: Excellent for those with dry skin as it reduces flaking, redness or peeling. You can get pure Shea butter from selected pharmacies.
If you are not a big DIY skincare recipe fan, there are many natural and organic moisturisers
brands that you can choose online and at your local health food stores.
Acne treatments – Acne can be caused by a variety of different factors such as hormone levels, blocked pores, poor diet or even hereditary factors. Remember to opt-in for natural acne and blemish control products when you need it. Our skin is so important, so ladies don’t treat it badly! You can see how easy it is to take care of our skin and simple changes you can make in your life.
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