Long gone are the days of ultra matte foundation and cakey setting powder, these days it’s all about natural glowing skin, and we’re 100% here for it! Fortunately healthy, luminous skin is easy to achieve with a few simple lifestyle changes and some good skin care habits.
We’ve all heard it a thousand times before; what you put into your body is more important than what you put onto it. You control your skin’s hydration and ability to repair itself primarily through diet, and with a few alterations you could be well on your way to that dewy complexion.
Firstly hydration— drinking enough water can unlock a wealth of skin benefits such as reducing puffiness, clearing acne, anti-ageing, speeding up healing as well as other improvements such as an enhancing your mood and promoting a feeling of all-round wellness and good vibes!
Eating the naughty things can be a deal breaker for your skin. Over consumption of sugar and processed foods can cause inflammation, collagen breakdown and free radical formation all of which will curb that youthful radiance. There are however, a whole lot of foods that do the exact opposite. It is known that inflammation can be fought with nuts, berries and leafy green veggies. Citrus fruits, garlic and bell peppers can support collagen production and antioxidant rich foods like dark chocolate (Yep, you read that right!) and green tea can combat free radical damage.
Other lifestyle habits also have a huge affect on your complexion, most notably sleep and stress. While you may not have a whole lot of control over the latter, getting that extra hour of sleep will work wonders. While you’re fast asleep your body is hard at work repairing damage, creating new cells and removing toxins. When you deprive your body of those vital healing hours it’s your skin that’s missing out.
Finally for the fun part! Skincare— With a mind blowing number of products on the market it can be tricky to find the right starting point. We recommend focusing on products that hydrate, nourish and gently exfoliate and staying away from anything with crazily long lists of unpronounceable ingredients, these can often do more harm than good.
It’s key to start with a clean slate, exfoliation will ensure you don’t have a buildup of dead skin cells clogging your pores and creating texture. We’ve got a whole journal entry on the topic of exfoliation, you should check it out. Our Brightening Cleanser and Rose and Mint Facial Masks are great exfoliators to ensure you’re laying a good foundation.
Serums, oils and balms are an amazing way to deliver potent nutrients and hydration. Look out for moisturising ingredients like jojoba extracts and evening primrose oil. Collagen is what gives your skin it’s elasticity, ingredients that promote collagen production like calendula flower extract will help maintain your youthful glow. Free radicals cause havoc for the skin, that’s why antioxidants like prickly pear and grapeseed oil are essential in preventing the damage in the first place.
Starting to implement small changes into your routine can lead to huge improvements. And don’t forget, consistency is key - be sure to keep up a new routine for at least 4-6 weeks to see results! While we believe that changes (or upkeep!) to diet and lifestyle are essential to healthy glowing skin, our expertise lies within the skincare realm - please consult your healthcare professional for specifics to dietary changes.