At this time of year we may be looking forward to a holiday or social occasion such as a wedding when we want our skin to look fresh and radiant. However busy lifestyles are not always conducive to a glowing complexion. Here are some tips and suggestions that can help you get that refreshed holiday glow.
- Take a 360 degree approach
The best way to have great looking skin is to combine a healthy lifestyle with a bespoke skincare routine that suits your skin type. It is unlikely that there is one magic bullet that will transform your complexion overnight, but start by making small changes a few weeks before your special event and you should soon notice a difference.
Upping your exercise routine is a great place to start, because it gets the blood circulating and helps to carry those extra nutrients to your skin to keep it in good condition. Exercise tends to have other beneficial side effects which all add up and make us feel and look better, such as drinking more water and sleeping better.
It’s been said many times before, but what we eat really does have an effect on the way our skin looks. Fresh fruit and vegetables in particular are packed with vitamins and minerals and antioxidants that work to keep our skin smooth and youthful looking.
If you have a busy schedule and don’t always have time to prepare meals with fresh ingredients, you might want to consider topping up your intake with a supplement such as organic mushroom powder. This contains vitamin D, which has an anti-inflammatory effect on the skin and can help to prevent the signs of premature ageing.
- Tweak your skincare routine
If you want to get that extra dewy sheen on your skin, a few simple changes to your skincare routine can help. Always cleanse your skin before going to bed, and if you have been wearing makeup include toner as an extra step. This will remove any lingering traces of foundation and help to prevent clogged pores that can lead to blemishes.
Once a week, include a gentle exfoliation step to remove the build up of dead skin cells. If you are prone to oily skin and blemishes, a clay-based mask can help to absorb excess oil and draw out impurities.
In the summertime, heavy moisturisers can clog up your skin and leave it looking dull, so you may benefit from switching to a lighter serum that is more easily absorbed. Look for products that contain antioxidants and vitamin C for the best results.
- Avoid long hot showers
By turning the temperature dial down on your shower a few degrees, you will be doing your skin a big favour. Heat dries and the skin and can lead to a dull ruddy complexion. The older we are, the longer our skin takes to recover from the effects of heat exposure, and eventually you may notice permanent discoloration or damage to your skin.