1. NOURISH YOUR BODY WITH GOOD FOOD
Have you ever thought about the foods you eat and the role they play in your skin health? Eating an anti-inflammatory diet with an abundance of healthy fats and antioxidant-rich vegetables will help combat free radical damage and oxidative stress. Eating a balanced diet rich in nutrients with a focus on gut health will encourage healthy cellular turnover, collagen and elastin production as well as balanced hormones to help keep skin looking its best. There are plenty of amazing blogs out there such as The Gutsy Athlete for Gut Health Recipes.
2. HYDRATE WITH fluoride and chlorine-free WATER
Our bladders may not thank us but our skin will, Our skin needs far more water than you think to stay hydrated and flexible. Try to get a minimum of 2L a day, I go for fluoride and chlorine-free to reduce oxidative stress on my cells and keep my fatty cell membranes happy. Drinking extra water also helps the body eliminate toxins, reduce puffiness and prevent itchy and irritated skin. Did you know when skin looks puffy, it is retaining water to protect you from dehydration?
3. SLEEP TO AVOID BREAKOUTS and puffy eyes
While you catch up on some much-needed zzz’s your skin gets a much-needed boost of blood flow which stimulates collagen production, say hello to firmer skin with fewer lines and wrinkles. A lack of sleep increases the stress hormone cortisol which leads to an increase in sebum production, say hello to breakouts, redness and inflammation. Besides, no one likes dark and puffy eyes. Make sure you get the magical sleep for you.
4. DOUBLE CLEANSE With cleansing oilS AND water-based cleanserS
What is double cleansing? Double cleansing involves using cleansing oil or balm to break down SPF, makeup, toxins and sebum on the surface of your skin, this is then followed with a water-based cleanser that gets to the deeper layers of pores where acne forming bacteria like to live. This acts as a thorough clean and allows other skincare products to penetrate more effectively.
5. EXFOLIATE to remove dead skin cells
Exfoliating breathes new life into your skin and is the process of removing dead skin cells from the surface of your skin. This can be done by using a physical or “chemical” exfoliant or using an exfoliation tool such as a dermaplane. When we are younger cellular turnover occurs roughly every 30 days but with age, the cellular turnover process slows down. By using an exfoliant you are promoting a brighter, more even complexion, preventing clogged pores, increasing collagen production and allowing greater penetration of your beauty products.
6. WEAR SPF DAILY
Às a protection mechanism our skin increases melanin production when exposed to harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. Melanin is a dark brown pigment which is produced by melanocytes found in skin cells. Wearing SPF daily will help reduce an uneven increase in melanin and irregular pigmentation of the skin. Sun damage is also an oxidant which is known to age us prematurely, choose a safe and effective sunscreen to help stop those pesky UV rays. I use SPF daily even if I am not outside, I choose clear Zinc natural alternatives with caffeine and niacinamide.
7. CONSUME VITAMIN C IN your FOOD And on your skin
Our skin’s food of choice, A powerful antioxidant that fights free radicals, stimulates collagen and elastin, lightens and brightens the complexion. Vitamin C also has an incredible safety profile meaning it’s very unlikely your skin will break out or have an adverse reaction to topical application. Why do we need to apply Vitamin C as well as consume it in our diet? Because we cannot rely on our gut alone to absorb and transport nutrients to where it is needed the most, Our skin is super absorptive and is technically the largest organ in the human body. Skin Muk’s Cosmic Dust contains a high amount of Vitamin C if you wanted to start today.
8. CHOOSE NIACINAMIDE FOR FIRM SKIN
Known as Vitamin B3 which cannot be made by the body as it is a fat-soluble vitamin, this means we need to consume it or apply it to our skin. Niacinamide repairs a damaged skin barrier, reduces pigmentation and builds keratin (protein) which helps to keep our skin firm.
9. ORGANIC TANNING WATER for THAT SUMMER GLOW
There are many beautiful tanning waters on the market, they are easy to use and give your skin a nice warm and glowy complexion. A few sprays after your night time cleanse will be sure to have you waking up with a natural glow!
10. Good HYGIENE to keep the acne away
Clean your pillow, phone and beauty tools regularly! No need to go in-depth but it’s essential to develop a good routine where you clean your makeup and beauty tools at least once a week as well as changing your pillowcase. This routine is essential if you have acne-prone skin. For a twice weekly ritual to help treat acne try our Moon Dust Zeolite & Activated Charcoal Clarifying Face Mask.