You know how when you visit a restaurant and go powder your nose, you glance at yourself in the mirror, and those fluorescent lights make you look as if all your skin imperfections are about to jump out at you? The truth is, we all have them, but they sometimes appear faint, while at other times they look impossible to get rid of!
Not that we can completely avoid the horrid effects of poor lighting, or completely prevent the subtle signs of a sleepless night, but there are several routine changes that can restore and preserve the natural, healthy glow of your complexion.
Say no to vices
If nothing thus far inspired you to drop the smokes or ditch the ice-cream frenzy in the middle of the night, then perhaps your skin health will step in to save the day. Poor diet habits combined with terrible vices such as smoking or excessive alcohol consumption all wreak havoc on your radiant complexion.
Puffy eyebags, uneven skin tone, blemishes, dark spots, these are all commonly associated with smoking, because this nasty habit prevents your skin from getting enough nutrients and it reduces your skin’s oxygen supply. And trust me, no makeup will be able to cover these effects in a few years’ time.
Mother Nature is an infinite source of brilliant skin solutions, and when it comes to the best healing and anti-aging benefits, look no further than pure, essential oils! They are rich in vitamins, and some of them, despite their oily texture, gently nourish your skin without overburdening it with an overly-greasy feel.
For instance, lavender is an all-time favourite for blemishes, and its ability to help your skin fend off free-radical damage is amazing. You can use it in combination with jojoba oil as well, which is deeply moisturizing, while citrusy oils such as orange and lemon are ideal for oily skin that requires a more balanced sebum production. Use them raw, mixed or blended with your creams, and your skin will love you for it.
No matter where you are, or how often you spend your days in the sun, we all need proper protection from the sun’s harmful radiation, which can affect your skin tone, cause premature signs of ageing, dark spots and ultimately, it can lead to skin cancer, so prevention plays a key role in your skincare.
It’s important to look for sunscreens that contain soothing ingredients. That is why it’s essential to choose reliable products from the Cosmeceutical skin care line which includes aloe vera for a calming, cooling effect, and are rich in vitamin E known for healing powers. For a gal on the go, such a cream also needs to be lightweight and able to retain its protective properties even when you sweat! What good is a sunscreen if it melts away as soon as you step outside?
Don’t skip the scrub
If we could only see how much dirt, pollution and dead skin cells get stuck on the surface of our face, we’d scrub much more diligently and with greater care. And that’s the key skincare step that you need to follow through in order to bring your skin back to life, give it back its rosy glow and restore its ability to absorb the goodness of all your moisturizers and serums.
A great example is the Beuti enzyme cleanser, which uses pomegranate for gentle but thorough exfoliation and then nourishes your skin with almond oil, Copaiba Balsam, and various herbs that aid in the natural healing process of your skin.
Check your shut-eye schedule
Aside from proper nutrition rich in antioxidants and collagen-boosting plant sources of protein such as hummus or beans, your skin health heavily depends on the quality of your snooze. After all, it’s called beauty sleep for a reason, right?
A lack of sleep, at least consistently so, puts too much pressure on your skin, preventing its repairing mechanisms to do their job and restore your glow, and you overflow your body with stress hormones such as cortisol. Make a solemn promise to yourself that you’ll get at least seven or eight hours of uninterrupted sleep each night, and that will be the perfect start to improving your skin!
Sophia Smith is beauty and style blogger, an eco-lifestyle lover, graphic designer and a DIY enthusiast. She is very passionate about natural skincare, minimalist wardrobe and mindful living. Sophia writes mostly about beauty-related topics in her blogs and articles. She has contributed to a number of publications including: Viva Glam Magazine, Just Haves, How to Simplify and Carousel.