Keep your sun-kissed, nourished skin looking beautiful until Christmas and beyond with these easy tips.
Exfoliate , hydrate and moisturise. After summer the skin can be left drier than usual, so take time to give your skin a daily scrub to remove old dry dead skin cells and really let the tan shine through. No need to buy expensive lotions and potions, a simple, natural bristle brush is all you need. A daily dry skin brush will slough off the dead skin cells and invigorate the skin, stimulating the blood circulation and bringing oxygen and nutrients to the surface. This also encourages the removal of ageing toxins.
Drinking lots of water is important too. At least five or six glasses a day help to keep the cells plumped up. Lack of water can stop the skin cells functioning properly leading to a loss of protective oils. These are essential for helping to maintain the skin’s lustre and elasticity. Finally, don’t forget to use a good moisturiser daily to nourish and lubricate the skin.
Look after the burnt bits. Sometimes over doing it in the sun is unavoidable and there are parts you can’t always reach with suncream. Aloe Vera gel is perfect in these situations. A little goes a long way and this wonderful plant has amazing healing properties that soothe and protect the skin.
Top up with antioxidants and bioflavonoids. Fruits and veggies are chock-full of these vital nutrients that work hard to clear up free radical cell damage caused by over exposure to the sun, as well as the drying effects of winter and central heating. Free radical damage has been associated with premature ageing, so give yourself a little extra insurance against wrinkles by filling your plate with veggies and snacking on fruit.
Eat oily fish twice a week. Oily fish like salmon, mackerel, sardines and fresh tuna can help to feed the skin with the omega 3 essential fatty acids that are so important for keeping it lubricated and supple. If you do not feel like you are eating enough oily fish try supplementing it with a high quality fish oil such as UnoCardio 1000.
Take a good dose of Vitamin C. Vitamin C aids the production of hydroxylysine and hydroxyproline, both necessary for binding the molecules that create collagen, the substance that gives your skin firmness and tone. It also helps to reverse the negative effects of UV radiation preventing sun damage. A recent study showed that Altrient C, the world’s first liposomal Vitamin C gel supplement, increased skin elasticity and firmness by 61 per cent in just 12 weeks, by boosting collagen production to reduce wrinkles and fight against the signs of aging.
Love your liver. After a summer holiday, an overdose of cocktails and over-eating can take its toll on the liver. This can lead to poor elimination of toxins, which is often reflected in the skin. Aim to clean up your act! Clear your cupboards of sugary pre-prepared and processed foods and eat simply. Lean proteins with whole grains and at least five-10 helpings of fruit and vegetables a day will very quickly bring a glow back to your cheeks.
Keep your bowel moving. An unhealthy diet with little fibre can result in a sluggish bowel. Constipation can overload the liver and is often the cause of poor skin. A healthy bowel should eliminate daily. Fibre helps to promote bowel movement and binds to toxins carrying them out of the body. Make sure you get lots of fibre into your diet. Oats, wholemeal bread, brown rice, whole grain pasta, pulses, beans, fruit and veggies.
Get up and go! Finally, let’s not forget exercise. One of the quickest ways to get your circulation going. It’s cheap and effective. A brisk 30 minute walk daily, helps to bring oxygen and important nutrients to the skin cells and gives an instant glow.