Take ten steps to better skin health


Struggling with your skin or just want to feel a bit more ‘fresh faced’? Then take a look at your skin care routine and apply some of the techniques below to get your skin on the road to recovery.

1. Exfoliate

Gently exfoliate your skin with natural based oil such as olive, coconut or almond oil. If you want to be super natural, just mix some sugar with some coconut oil for the perfect exfoliator! Exfoliate every two days to remove dead, flaky skin.

2. Prevent sun damage

Sun damage is the quickest way to age your skin. Always wear a daily moisturiser that has an SPF in it. Also, avoid being in direct sunlight between the hours of 10am and 2pm.

3. Stay hydrated

Drinking lots of water keeps your skin hydrated, therefore increasing the elasticity making it appear glowing and healthy.

4. Understand your products

Don’t use products for the sake of it. Understand the ingredients, lots of skincare products have hidden harmful chemicals. Always use natural products that are paraben free. If you are using a lot of products each day you could be causing your skin stress and actually causing breakouts. Ask yourself what is working for you and if you need everything you’re using.

The main products you need in your skincare routine are:

• a natural based make-up remover (never go to bed with makeup on!)

• a daily moisturiser with an SPF

• a moisturiser for night time

• a gentle, cleanser, toner and exfoliator

5. Eat a healthy diet

A diet of processed foods and lots of refined sugar can affect your skin greatly. You are what you eat after all. A diet full of vitamin C and leafy greens is best for your skin. Also incorporate foods rich in antioxidants such as organic blueberries and also foods that are naturally high in producing collagen such as dark green vegetables, red fruits and vegetables, brazil nuts, avocados, flaxseed and fish

6. Avoid hot baths / showers

We all love a long hot soak in the bath but doing so often will strip your skin of its moisture and natural oils.

7. Don’t Stress

When your body is stressed, your skin is one of the first things to suffer because your body produces more of the cortisol hormone. Your skin becomes more prone to breakouts and unable to fight off bacteria that cause acne.

8. Drink Green Tea

Not only is green tea great at relieving stress symptoms, it has anti-inflammatory properties which do wonders for a healthy complexion.

9. Get more sleep

When you sleep your body gets a chance to refuel and repair itself. As part of the repair process your body makes more collagen, which is your skins best friend. The more collagen your skin has, the less wrinkles will appear.

10. Wear less makeup

This can be scary but wearing less make-up, especially foundation will leave your pores free and exposed to oxygen. A build up of make-up clogging your pores will ultimately give you spots and poor complexion.