Great skin is the Holy Grail of beauty. If your skin’s looking good, everything else is gravy. Unfortunately, that smooth, dewy complexion we all crave doesn’t just happen.
If you’re struggling to get the skin of your dreams, here are some natural ways to kick your complexion into gear:
This is great health advice generally, but especially so for skin. Skin cells contain a lot of water, and they need it topped up regularly. Moisturising your skin from the outside is great, but moisturising it from the inside is better.
Drink green tea
Speaking of that hydration, green tea is one of the most skin-friendly ways to boost your liquid levels. Green tea contains anti-inflammatory compounds which will work wonders for skin prone to redness. It may also help to prevent skin damage from environmental pollutants.
We know, we know. Easier said than done. But, honestly, if you can make time in your day to relax and de-stress, your skin will thank you for it. Stress makes your hormones go haywire, and your skin bears the brunt. De-stressing is one of the best ways to calm adult breakouts and refresh tired skin.
Avoid sun damage
You know this already, but it’s worth repeating. Too much sun is the number one cause of premature skin ageing. More importantly, it can also give you cancer. This is truer the paler your skin is. UV rays from the sun can sink a long way into skin, warping and damaging the cells at deep levels. Avoid strong sunlight on your face as much as you can, or wear a high-factor sunscreen.
Cut the toxins
Cigarettes, alcohol, sugar, caffeine. We love them, but our skin doesn’t. Cigarettes are probably the worst offenders here, but alcohol is a close second. If you do smoke, give it up. If you don’t, avoid breathing in second-hand smoke. Nothing wrinkles up skin faster than ciggies. Meanwhile, alcohol will redden and puff your skin (often irreversibly), while sugar and caffeine both exact a hefty toll from your face.
Don’t use harsh cleansers
Cleaning your face is important (obviously). But be careful not to overdo it. Cleansers which are too intense can strip your skin of the natural oils it needs to stay at its best. The kind of cleanser you need depends a lot on the kind of skin you have. Oilier or breakout-prone skin can handle tougher cleansers than normal or combination skin. If you have dry skin, a gentle, moisturising soap and water is probably all you need.
Our bodies repair and replenish our skin while we sleep. If your sleep patterns are suffering, so will your skin. Try and get a decent night’s sleep every night, and watch the radiance return to your face.
Eat your greens
Eat a good mix of fruit and veg every day in order to get the kinds of vitamins and minerals that your skin loves. Boring advice, but it works!