Our skin changes throughout our lives due to hormones , collegen and elastin depletion, our environment, stress, illnesses and sun damage, our skin care routines should change to deal with these issues.
With more time on our hands and spending the days makeup free we have the perfect situation to focus on our skin care at home.
So how do we care for our skin on lockdown and emerge from isolation with beautiful flawless skin?
Number 1 rule CLEANSE! Just because we don’t have make up to take off isn’t an excuse to skip this step, cleansing removes the days dirt, excess oil and dead skin cells from the surface of our skin massively decreasing the chances of breakouts and will keep our skin looking fresh.
TONE: This step is most important for those of us with oily, acne prone skin to remove any left over debris and oil after cleansing, those with very dry skin should be using a toner that will help restore moisture, look for ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, vitamin E, green tea, aloe Vera, fruit extracts and essential oils.
SERUMS: my favourite products! You can use these to target specific skin care issues like ageing, dullness and dehydration, they deliver powerful ingredients into the skin on a deeper level because they penetrate easier as they are thinner than a moisturiser.
MOISTURISER: do not skip this part if your skin is oily, oil isn’t moisture or hydration skipping this part will dry skin out and force it to produce more oil, look for a moisturiser that’s “non comedogenic” (doesn’t block pores).
As we age our bodies produce less collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid, anti ageing moisturisers that contain these ingredients can help slow down skins ageing.
Always use a moisturiser with spf to protect your skin from harmful uv rays.
SCRUB: dead skin cells can block pores and make the skin dull, scrubs can be done in 2 ways, chemically using gently acids that dissolve debris or manually using a grainy substance to remove debris from the surface of the skin.
Removing dead skin cells and debris from the skin will also help products penetrate deeper into the skin.
Regular exfoliating can help with dark spots, hyperpigmentation and scarring, boost circulation and increase call turn over all of which will give us youthful glowing skin!
Scrubs can be made from everyday products founds in the home including oats, coconut oil, sugar, honey, coffee, baking soda and essential oil google the best homemade scrubs and get creative!
Masks; masks can be applied in many ways depending on your skins needs.
Sheet masks - available for all skin types although I find these best for dry ageing skin and great for a hydration boost.
Clay masks - best for absorbing toxins, excess oil and cleaning pores, clay masks are great for oily, acne prone skin.
Cream masks - best for mature and dry skin to plump and boost hydration.
Peel off masks - best for pore refining and acne prone skin, peel off masks give mild exfoliation.
Charcoal - active charcoal is great for detoxifying the skin making it great for oily and acne prone skin.
Sleep masks - great for dry, ageing skin and whenever skin needs a moisture boost especially in the winter months sleep masks give a great deep hydration.
Gel masks - the best for sensitive skin as they have a cooling, soothing effect.
Again these can be made at home using things like egg whites, honey, yogurt, avocado, aloe Vera, turmeric, tea tree and green tea powder.
Eye cream - green tea bags used and kept In the fridge work wonders on dark circles!
FROM THE INSIDE OUT.
We have all heard the saying ‘you are what you eat’ and it’s true what we put in our bodies will have a huge impact on the skin.
a diet of fresh fruit, vegetables and salads along with nuts and seeds and plenty of water will work wonders on your skin also look for foods rich in the following.....
Vitamin A - spinach, sweet potato, carrots, broccoli, red pepper.
Vitamin C - orange, strawberries, kale, kiwi, Cantelope, papaya, tomato.
Vitamin B - whole-grain, meat, eggs and dairy, seeds, nuts, dark leafy vegetables, bananas, avocados.
Vitamin E - Almonds, peanuts, some oils, butternut squash, sunflower seeds.
Omega 3 - mackerel, salmon, herring, sardines, oysters.
Antioxidants - onions, garlic, eggplant, berries, mangoes, carrots, parsley, lean meat,seafood.
Beta carotene- Carrots, dark leafy greens, squash, red and yellow peppers, Romaine lettuce.
Selenium - pork, beef, turkey, chicken.
Zinc - seeds, nuts, whole-grain, dairy.
Polyphends - dark berries, seeds, olives, vegetables, red wine (yayy!)
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