EAT A BALANCED DIET
You must have heard the saying 'you are what you eat"?
Our skin needs essential nutrients, vitamins and minerals in
order to look soft and supple and without these the skin can
look tired, lack lustre and feel coarse and dry. In order to
have great skin it is important to eat foods which are
packed with nutrients that can provide the body with the
ability to renew the skin. Great foods to eat are those
enriched with Omega 3,6 and 9, Iron, B12, Zinc and Vitamin
C. My top 5 foods for great skin include olive oil (extra
virgin), oily fish, dark leafy greens such as spinach that
are high in iron and zinc, citrus fruits and broccoli for
it's selenium quantities which help to reduce damage caused
by the sun.
For those of you who are vegan, vegetarian or have a hectic
lifestyle try the supplement UDO's oil from
www.savant-health.com which is packed full of Omega 3,6 and
9. You may also want to try SkinSublim £14.99 for 30
capsules; each capsule is enriched with all the vitamins and
minerals need for great skin available at Boots If you eat
foods high in saturated fats your skin will reflect that so
give your skin proper nutrition.
DRINK 6 TO 8 GLASSES
OF WATER A DAY
Keeping you body hydrated allows it to perform all of its
functions correctly without sluggishness. Drinking 6 to 8
glasses of water a day ensures that your body gets rid of
any toxins and waste, which if stayed in the body could
cause an adverse affect on the skin. It is best to spread
the consumption of water in small amounts over the course
of the day to be sure it is properly absorbed. It is
especially important to keep up your water intake in the
winter months for those working in air conditioned and
centrally heated offices and homes where you are more
likely to become dehydrated.
GET AT LEAST 7 TO 8
HOURS OF SLEEP EVERY NIGHT
Many of the bodies renewal and recovery processes are
done at night when we are asleep; this included the
renewal of our skin cells. Hence it is important to get
good nights sleep every night to keep skin looking fresh
and to keep the dark circles, puffy eyes and bags at bay!
If you do suffer puffiness under the eyes, try applying a
small amount of cool vitamin e cream such to the area and
massage light circular movements with your little finger
from inner corner of the puffy area to wards the temples.
This massage technique drains the area of any excess
fluids that may have built and will reduce puffiness. Try
using as Bodyshop Vitamin E Eye Cream, £7.50 and
available from Bodyshop stores and www.bodyshop.co.uk.
The benefits of a good sweat were never so enticing
for all ladies wanting glowing skin for thier Asian
wedding. Exercise gets the blood moving and promotes
a healthier body which means healthier skin. To ensure
the pores on your face don't get block by dirt and
sweat, make sure to wash your face immediately after
exercising and to splash your face with cold water
to close up your pores before applying a light moisturiser.
GET LOTS OF FRESH
These are the key environmental factors which can cause
burns, chapped lips and dry flaky skin. I would recommend
you use a moisturiser with inbuilt SPF all year round, to
protect from the damaging and long lasting effects of
ultraviolet rays which cannot be reversed. Many of the
moisturisers on the market now have at least SPF10 built
into their foundations. A favourite of mine is Biotherm
Multi Recharge SPF 15 with Vitamin E and Ginseng, which is
around £30 and available from Selfridges, London and
large department stores in the UK and abroad.