Seven steps to glowing skin that are NOTHING to do with the products you use
Everywhere we turn, product labels give us reasons to choose them.
“Reduce fine lines and wrinkles!”
“Natural and organic!”
With so many competing messages, shopping for skincare can be confusing.
But, did you know, in many cases, the words on the side of a pot are nothing more than a marketing tagline?
While brands can make promises, the skin’s condition is largely within your control*. And without you touching a single product!
If you prioritise education about the skin you’re in, keep reading as we share seven steps to achieve a glowing complexion. And none of them are anything to do with the products you choose!
Step one: Drink more water
Skin cells hydrate naturally and get the biggest helping hand from the water you consume.
As the body’s largest organ, failing to drink enough water can leave the skin dry and flaky. This can lead consumers towards specific ‘dry-skin’ or ‘extreme’ moisturisers. Unfortunately, these products can cause even drier skin as topical moisture tricks the cells into thinking it’s hydrated enough. This topical hydration (disguised in occlusive formulating ingredients) can then slow down those natural processes.
Lay off the ‘intense’ moisturisers and drink a minimum of two to three litres every day to give the skin’s natural hydrating processes a helping hand.
Step two: Get a better night’s sleep
A solid seven or eight-hour sleep a night is where the skincare magic truly happens.
While you’re sleeping, cortisol levels reduce, cellular turnover increases and the skin’s PH levels regulate.
When the body is tired, the skin will physically show signs of being exhausted too. We can’t underestimate the power of a good night’s sleep on the skin.
Step three: Eat more omega-threes
Omega-three fatty oils are essential to boost the skin’s lipid content and reduce inflammation yet, they’re not produced in the body.
Add the following to a balanced, healthy diet for more hydrated, stronger skin:
- Chia seeds
- Flaxseed oil
Step four: Take cooler showers
If you notice the skin feels tight when you get out of the shower, it’s one of the most tangible signs that the hot water has stripped the skin’s natural oils leaving the cells in dire need of hydration.
Have as cool a shower or bath as you can bear to leave the natural oils intact and brighten up the complexion.
Step five: Use fewer products
That’s right, while we think we’re doing the right thing by applying an array of products, a mix and match of synthetic formulating ingredients designed to target a broad range of skin concerns could actually have the opposite effect.
When you apply too many harsh ingredients to the skin, the barrier function can become damaged leaving the skin lacking hydration, dull and lifeless.
Put down the products and focus only on applying specific active phytonutrients to nourish the skin’s cells.
Step six: Drink less caffeine and alcohol
Caffeine and alcohol are two of the most common diuretics. As the liver works hard to remove the toxins from the body, urine frequency increases. This natural process not only removes the toxins but also depletes the skin of natural hydration leaving cells dehydrated and dull.
Try to swap out caffeinated drinks for decaf versions. On the occasions you drink alcohol, alternate each alcoholic drink with water to counterbalance the effect of synthetic stimulants on the skin.
Step seven: Manage stress
Ongoing stress and anxiety can increase cortisol levels causing inflammation, redness and irritation on the skin. By managing stress, improving sleep patterns and taking conscious steps to reduce cortisol levels, the skin will become more hydrated and less irritated giving you a glowing complexion that is nothing to do with the products you use!
Many lifestyle factors can impact the quality of the skin. Combine some simple changes with a regular skincare routine comprised of active phytonutrients for skin so bright it glows.
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*excluding specific and chronic skin conditions