Naturally glowing skin always seems to top the list when it comes to skincare goals. We have our general rule of thumb tips which include ensuring you remove all traces of makeup, exfoliating and eating a healthy balanced diet and drinking plenty of water, but we wanted to explain a little further why the above tips and more are essential. Here are some of our top tips to achieving glowing skin.
A healthy diet, enough sleep and a stress-less lifestyle approach are all factors which will lead to healthy glowing skin. When we eat foods that are heavily processed, consume too much alcohol, overwork and binge watch TV series until midnight, we become stressed, tired and undernourished.
As you age, your skin’s connective tissue reduces and leads to a reduction in elasticity and strength - say hello to wrinkles! The effects of ageing combined with lack of sleep can lead to skin looking even more dull and drab. While we sleep, your body boosts blood flow to your skin to aid in skin regeneration and rejuvenation, yet when we have less sleep it causes a decrease in blood flow which leads to skin looking dull. Busy social calendars, parenting, not switching off from work mode are all culprits when it comes to lack of sleep, and we strongly encourage you to make sleep a priority for your skin’s health and overall wellbeing.
Tip: Avoid sleeping on your stomach with your face smushed into the pillow as this can cause wrinkles to appear over time. Sleeping on a silk pillow case is an absolute must!
Stress has a similar outcome, but it can also lead to eczema, psoriasis and acne. Stress leads to a hormonal imbalance that causes you to release cortisol, which is the natural enemy of collagen and leads to a breakdown of connective tissues.
Tip: Try to live a less stressful life style, set yourself achievable goals at work and at home, and remember to live in the moment. Meditate and practice deep slow breathing. Surround yourself with positive, glass-is-always-full people. Your tribe really is your vibe!
Alcohol, caffeine and processed foods or foods that are full of ‘empty’ calories can deplete the body of essential nutrients required for properly functioning skin. Remember to drink plenty of water to flush out excess toxins before they create a hormonal imbalance, which leads to your skin being the first to suffer. This means swapping the potato chips for celery sticks.
Once we have the insides sorted and start to make healthier lifestyle choices, we need to address what we apply to our skin. Our skin is our largest organ and we need to take steps to nourish and care for our outer shell paying close attention to the chemicals it comes in contact with. On average women apply 180 chemicals to their body everyday. We need to choose wisely when it comes to all the products we apply to our bodies from head to toe to avoid toxic overload on our systems, wreaking havoc on our health which shows up first on, you guessed it, OUR SKIN!
Tip: Ensuring you clean your face properly morning and night is a must especially if you wear makeup. Even when it looks as though we have removed our makeup, it‘s not always the case, there may still be a thin layer or build up.
Take your time when cleansing your face; be conscious of every part of your face and neck, and gently cleanse twice if needed. We suggest double cleansing with a natural cleanser which will not strip your skin of its essential oils, but rather nourishes your skin while it cleanses. Cleansing your face morning and night will leave you with healthy glowing skin. Try using Avocado, Sweet Almond and Grapeseed oil as a cleanser. If you‘re not familiar with the oil cleansing method just send Jen a private message for detailed instructions.
Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate. Our skin is constantly changing and regenerating itself. Exfoliating away our dead skin cells helps to avoid clogged pores and encourage new cells to grow, which in turn gives you healthy more youthful glowing skin. Use a natural and gentle exfoliant like baking soda twice weekly.
It is important to ensure you hydrate your body internally and externally. Dehydrated skin looks dull and tired, it is very common and you may be unaware that your skin is lacking enough hydration. Topically applying hydrating natural products are a fantastic way to hydrate your skin quicker than just upping your water intake, although drinking half your weight in water daily is equally as important. You can help restore your skin’s pH, retain water, calm the skin by using Hyaluronic acid twice daily after cleansing.
Start a beauty sleep ritual with botanical oils that aid in your skin's regeneration process: Oils such as rosehip or pomegranate help to aid cell regeneration and repair damaged skin tissue. Message Jen for the best solution to address your specific skin concerns such as severely dry irritated skin and scars.
Tip: Avoid applying chemical laden products immediately. Use certified natural skincare and cosmetics which are from 100% natural origin. Natural skincare products work in harmony with your skin and help to aid in your skin’s natural functions.
Certified natural skincare products rejuvenate and pamper your skin, create hydration and elasticity while boosting collagen. We recommend toxic-free products only to cleanse, hydrate and nourish daily, combined with monthly facial treatments for extra care. Take time each day to give love and attention to your skin by using special skin-boosting serums and oils. Your skin is a reflection of the life you lead so present your best face to the world and let’s get your glow back!