Photo by Kristin Vogt
This time of year plays havoc with your skin. The bitter cold outside and central heating attacking from the outside and a little too much December indulgence niggling away from the inside. Now is the time to give your skin a little bit of TLC and by following this guide you’ll be enjoying a better relationship with your body!
Start with Hydration
A little detox for your body, nothing to crazy. Fad diets such as 48 hour juice detoxes are a quick fix but can be too extreme for your lifestyle. Our body can survive a long time without food but very little time without water.
Some diet experts recommend an H2O detox which involves only drinking water for 24 hours. We suggest a lighter version of this. Enjoy a really healthy lunch then stop eating at 4pm. Stick to water and clear teas, such as green tea or jasmine tea which have great skin boosting properties. Go to bed at your usual time and by 8am you will have given your body a complete rest from digestion for 12 hours. You can, if you like continue this H2O detox through to lunch but with a busy schedule this could be hard. Instead wake up and have a gentle breakfast rich in protein and healthy fats. Keep your hydration up and keep including green tea to help you regenerate your skin cells.
Update Your Skincare Routine
The importance of a good skin care routine is well known. Clearing all the dirt from the day at night gives your skin freedom from everything you clog it up with. Cleanse, tone and moisturise before bed with specialist products such as these from Vitage and give your skin and extra boost with some natural additions such as Aloe Vera.
In addition to branded skin products using a coconut oil overnight can really help you to reboost moisture on your face. Central heating and constantly coming in and out of the cold drains your natural oils from your face and can leave you quite sore and red. So give it extra care. Some beauty writers swear by using Sudocrem to help reducing redness but this can be quite drying too so don’t use it often.
Eat Healthy, Eat Well.
Another fantastic treat for your skin is improving the quality of healthy fats in your diet. Omega 3 is fantastic for boosting the health of your skin. You can find this in fish such as wild salmon and mackerel. If you don’t enjoy fish then try adding more Extra Virgin Olive Oil or Avocado to your diet. Check out My Top Three Healthy Recipe Books for some great ideas!
What we put in our bodies affects our skin incredibly so really think about the types of food you consume. Too much sugar and caffeine can make your skin look sallow. Caffeine also contributes to drying your skin and can prevent cell regeneration.
Finally, Get Some Sleep!
When we sleep the magic happens. So make sure you have a good bedtime routine and give your body the chance to fix the damage the outside world does to it!