I have recently had a bit of a hiccup with my skin, breaking out with some blemishes which is quite unusual for me (though I definitely had my fair share whilst I was a teenager!!) which got me thinking about ways to look after your skin, especially considering the sun damage we aren’t always aware of. Here are some of the things I think are important when it comes to your skin:
Water: always keep hydrated. If you find water difficult to drink maybe try hot water (for some reason it is very different to drinking cold water, for me at least) or infused water (add fresh mint, lemon or cucumber). I work in an office 9-5 so I make sure I always have a large flask to refill through the day, that way I make sure I get sufficient water through the day.
Diet: our diet has a huge impact on our skin and I try to ensure I eat plenty good fats and a wide range of fruit and veg (ultimately the rainbow of colours).
Omega 3s found in oily fish help to maintain the skins membrane, keeping it strong and elastic. Other foods high in good fats such as avocados and olive oil also have antioxidants which help block chemical reactions from sun damage. Oils can also help skin retain water, keeping it supple.
Fruit and vegetables that provide antioxidants help to neutralise free radicals that contribute to wrinkles and other signs of aging. Vitamin C is also required to help your body make collagen.
I think if you have problematic skin the first recommendation is to reduce dairy and also sugar. I try to use milk alternatives most of the time but I do enjoy both milk and cheese but in moderation. I also keep my sugar intake low, especially processed sugars which I avoid most of the time.
To make sure I get sufficient nutrients to maintain and boost my skin I take various supplements.
I take Nutrabiotics hair, skin and nails which is high strength omega 3, biotin and vitamin E and it’s ethically sourced. The omega 3 is pure and doesn’t contain mercury or heavy metals – which is not the case when it comes to oily fish. They also contain a high strength EPA and DHA which are the active fatty acids.
Next up I use Beauty & Go bioactive drinks which contain macroantioxidants alongside collagen, peptides and hyaluronic acid to help improve the skins firmness, hydration and elasticity.
I also add collagen powder to smoothies, I’m using this one from Protein World at the moment (it tastes amazing, raspberry flavour) – it’s a great way to get collagen into your diet, especially if you don’t eat much meat.
If you’ve followed me for a while you’ll know I love the Equi London supplements, I use Beautiful at the moment which focuses on how hormones, digestion and immunity impact the skin, essentially supporting the entire body to help maintain the skin – looking for overall balance.
Another addition to smoothies I like to use is Hybrid Herbs beauty complex which contains tremella mushroom (it stimulates the production of hyaluronic acid which holds water and is found in the collagen of the skin, plumping the skin and keeping it supple) along with antioxidant rich goji berries and schizandra berries.
Sleep: sleep is so important for your skin in a number of ways – your skin makes new collagen whilst you sleep making skin plumper and less likely to wrinkle. Not only that but your blood flow to the skin is boosted during sleep making you ‘glow’, if you don’t get enough sleep the skin can become dull and blood also collects under the eyes making bags appear more obvious.
Skincare: I have been known in the past to go to sleep without taking my make up off (I know, I know…BIG no no) but now I wouldn’t dream of it, instead I make sure I cleanse thoroughly in the evening. I think it’s important to look for paraben and chemical free skincare and recently I’ve been looking for a new regime. I’ve currently got a sample from Jane Scrivner on a recommendation from my sister who has been using the skincare for a few months and loves it – the range focuses on organic, raw ingredients without chemicals, synthetics and parabens and you can order samples to try online. I’ve found my skin is clearer and the tone is significantly more even since I started a few weeks ago.
What are your go to skin savers?