It can take a lot of time and effort to take care of your beautiful skin. Whilst many of us may think we are too busy to develop a good skincare regime, it does not need to be as difficult as we might believe. Incorporating a few simple rituals into your daily routine will make a huge impact on the health and appearance of your beautiful skin, and it is a wonderful chance to help your mind and body relax as you become more aware of how your actions directly impact your skin. Our skin is influenced by so many factors, which means there are a number of ways that we can influence the health of our skin. Here are our top 7 ways we’ve chosen to support our beautiful skin each day.
1. Always wash your face before bed
Ever heard of beauty sleep? It is not only a term coined for helping us to wake up feeling energised and without bags under our eyes. During sleep, our bodies rest and recover and this includes our skin cells regenerating, this is an important reason to wash your face before bed. Leaving make-up on for too long can cause clogged pores and break-outs and an unwashed face can increase bacteria on our pillows, which will harm our skin even more. Cleanse your skin to remove make-up and exfoliate to help shed the outer layers of skin. Exfoliate the skin no more than twice a week to reduce irritation or wash your face daily with a clean face cloth for gentle exfoliation.
2. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate
Drinking water is the easiest way to achieve healthy, supple skin. Water is essential for the health of our skin cells and will help the skin to repair itself when damaged. Aim to drink around 2 litres per day and try adding in fresh fruit slices for a variety of flavours. A diet high in fruits and vegetables will also help you to hydrate due to their high water content.
3. Slip, slop and slap
Repeated sun exposure can cause early aging due to UV damage, encouraging the development of wrinkles and uneven pigmentation. The New Zealand sun is extremely damaging all year round, but especially in the summer as the sunshine hours increase. Make a habit of spending time outside unprotected in the morning, so that your body can soak up some vitamin D. Then as soon as you get ready for your day, make sure to apply sunscreen, on your face and body. Apply make-up, on top of your sunscreen, but remember if you are spending a lot of time outside you will need to reapply throughout the day; wear a wide-brimmed hat which covers your face, ears and neck for protection.
4. Get your daily dose of zinc
Zinc helps to balance the skin’s oil production and supports hormones, that when imbalanced, can lead to acne, and is critical for wound healing. If you are suffering from inflammation of the skin, adding more zinc into your diet can help tissue repair, encouraging less scarring. Boost your zinc intake with oysters, red meats, eggs, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds.
5. Add daily vitamin C
Citrus fruit, berries, kiwifruit, broccoli, capsicum and dark leafy greens are all foods that are high in vitamin C and may help to reduce the aging process. Vitamin C helps to combat free radicals which are implicated in aging and the formation of wrinkles. Eating a diet high in vitamin C will help to keep the skin firm as it not only works as an antioxidant to protect collagen and elastin from oxidative damage but is also involved in the production of collagen within the body.
6. Wash your make up brushes
When was the last time you washed your make-up brushes? If you can see make-up on the bristle, or it is no longer feeling as soft as it was when you first bought it, it may have been a while. Every time you touch a make-up brush, it transfers bacteria and oil from your skin to the bristles and then back onto your skin and then on to your make-up palette. This can cause break outs and will affect the quality of your application. Brushes can be cleaned straight after use, with a quick spray of brush-cleaner wiped with a tissue. If they are done daily, there will be less build up, which means they will take less time to clean. If it has been a while since you have cleaned your brushes, rinse them under lukewarm water and massage the bristles with a gentle shampoo. Swirl the brush on your palm until it rinses clean, then lie flat on a cloth to dry.
7. Increase your oils
Adding more healthy oils into your diet and applying topically can help to maintain the moisture barrier on your beautiful skin. Essential fatty acids help to nourish your skin from the inside, especially if you struggle with dry or inflamed skin or are prone to blackheads. Incorporate healthy fats such as oily fish, avocado, chia seeds and flax seeds or take an evening primrose oil or grape seed extract supplement for additional support. Using an oil cleanser to help remove make-up can help to maintain the skins natural oil barrier, without drying the skin out. Leaving your skin feeling clean and soft even before you moisturise.
The outer layer of skin is replaced every 28 days. This means that over a single month we have the opportunity to support our skin in a variety of ways. Take time to reflect on the health of your skin and create daily rituals to honour it. Look after your skin this month, and see how easily you can obtain healthier, glowing skin.