Carrying on from last weeks’ post, and after having a few late nights; with the end of football season dinners, grand finals and travel for work commitments, my skin isn’t looking as glowing as I would like it to. With this in mind, and because we are heading towards the silly season, I thought I’d share with you a few tips on keeping your skin looking youthful.
Our skin reflects our age and health, and many of us want to keep our skin – especially on our faces – looking as young as possible, for as long as possible.
We are all aware that there are treatments that can help, but more importantly, there are everyday things you can do to help keep your skin looking its best.
Keeping skin moist is important, and when most people think of moisturising their skin, their thoughts turn to lotions and creams. Those certainly have their place, but our bodies are made up of a majority of water, so it makes sense that primarily hydration occurs from the inside-out.
We all know that drinking plenty of water is important for our health, but it is vitally important for healthy skin, and it’s something that is often overlooked. Experts recommend 6 to 8 glasses of water a day…how much water have you drunk today?
Living in Australia where the sun is harsh, this is a no brainer. Daily sun protection is essential for preventing sun-induced age spots and a “leathery” look that comes from too much sun exposure.
Despite what some people say about a tan making them look “healthier,” the sun can be very drying and damaging to our skin.
Why not try a daily moisturiser or make-up that contains sunscreen. Some products combine subtle coverage, sun protection, and moisturising all in one.
Have you ever heard the term “beauty rest”?
There’s a reason for that terminology!
Lack of sleep can make skin look aged and saggy, and we all know about those dark circles and bags under the eyes that show up when we don’t get enough sleep.
Sources say that it’s not just the amount of sleep you get; it’s when you get your eight hours.
Sleeping from midnight to 8am, for example, has been shown to be a less restful sleep than sleeping from 10pm to 6am.
Maybe the old adage “early to bed and early to rise” applies to skin health as well!
Before you hit the hay…
It’s said that night-time is when your skin repairs and heals itself. I guess that’s why we have specialised ‘night’ creams.
So before your head hits the pillow slather on some moisturiser to clean skin.
Don’t forget to moisturise those “problem” areas around your eyes and the corners of your mouth.
Be at Peace
Experts warn about the effects of worry, anxiety, and stress on your facial skin.
Practice prayer, meditation, relaxation exercises, or whatever works for you to provide inner peace.
It will show on your face. Perhaps that’s why my yoga teacher always looks so rested and youthful.
Just as hydrating from the inside-out is important, so is fuelling our bodies with healthy foods. It’s said that they are key to young-looking skin.
Eat as many fresh fruits and vegetables daily as you can, and build meals around plant foods, keeping lean proteins and starches in the background. Whole grains, nuts, seeds, and fatty fish may help skin due to the healthy oils and nutrients found in those foods.
Use healthy oils in cooking and on salads, like olive and coconut oils. Even supplements of fish oil or flax oil may be appropriate for getting some healthful fats into your diet and, ultimately, showing on your facial skin.
I hope that you found these tips helpful and if you have any questions, just let me know in the comments down below. I’d love to help you out!