Super Skin Secrets


The secret to sensational skin isn’t as elusive as you might think. We’ve sourced some simple skin hacks that will enable you to perfect your daily routine.

A Dishy Diet

Diet is the most essential component when it comes to cultivating flawless skin. Skin is the body’s largest organ and is used to release toxins. Flaws and faux pas are actually the body’s way of showing you that toxins are present whether the result is acne, eczema or cellulite. Nutritionists advise eating a balanced diet to ensure that you replenish your skin with essential vitamins and minerals.

Eat plenty of vegetables, fruits, legumes, oily fish (which is packed with essential fatty acids), eggs and lean meats. Sugar and trans fats (otherwise known as Frankenstein fats) are some of the worst ingredients to feed your skin, although healthful sugars, such as those found in honey and naturally occurring in fruits, are valuable and shouldn’t be skipped. Boost your zinc, as zinc creates gorgeous skin.

After a few weeks, you will begin to notice a skin transformation that can only be achieved from the inside out.

Don't Delay A Drink

We all know that we should be drinking more water and that it is typically advisable to drink 2 liters per day (more if you are physically active). This isn’t always easy to achieve, particularly if you are not a habitual water drinker.

If you find water uninspiring, opt for flavored waters or add lemon, ginger, turmeric and cinnamon to hot water. Minimize your intake of tea, coffee, soda and alcohol as these can all be dehydrating which can have a devastating impact on skin over time.

Manuka Honey Mask

Manuka honey is a honey found in far-flung New Zealand. It is considered an ‘active’ honey when at 10+ and the higher up you go, the more effective the honey. Ensure that the honey you buy (which can be pricey) is officially stamped with its potency. Manuka honey is ideal for assisting with the healing of wounds which includes acne scarring and pimples. You can use the honey as a cleanser, moisturizer or mask. Use twice daily for optimum results. Eat the honey as well and your insides will also reap the benefits!

Cleanse With Salt

The beauty of natural ingredients is that they don’t cost the earth and they are packed with medicinal properties that can’t easily be replicated. We might be told not to eat too much salt but salt is great at healing wounds. Apply granules of salt to a cloth with warm water and wipe over your face. Ensure that you wash off all the salt thoroughly as it can be drying and irritate the skin if left on. Using salt to treat the skin is so simple but incredibly effective and particularly useful for acne sufferers.

Don’t Blind Buy Products

Your skin is not the same as anyone else’s. It’s utterly unique to you. The way your skin responds is a mix of genetics and circumstance. Don’t just buy what everyone else is buying hoping that it will work the same way for you. To begin with, you want to identify your skin type. Book a consultation with a beauty guru and get them to decipher if your skin is oily, dry or combination skin. An expert will also be able to detect any other issues such as eczema, acne and even allergies to ensure that you buy products that are targeted to those areas. This will help you stock up on beauty buys that will actually work for you.

Fine Tune Fragile Skin

Not all skin is created equally and by that we mean that the skin around the eyes and lips tend to be far more fragile. These are the areas where fine lines and wrinkles begin to show up first. As such, slathering on the same old products that you use elsewhere on the body is not always ideal. You want to use products that are specifically designed with these areas in mind for maximized effect.

Don’t Strain Your Skin

When cleansing and drying, don’t tug, drag or aggressively rub the skin. Skin is elastic but over time it doesn’t snap back quite so easily. Use your pinky finger to apply eye cream under the eye (this finger exerts the lease pressure) and always be delicate and tender with your skin.

Exfoliate

Exfoliating is part of the holy triage of face care alongside cleansing and moisturizing because it helps us buff away dead or dry skin cells and brings forth the newer, fresher cells underneath. We recommend exfoliating once or twice a week.

Choose Your Makeup Wisely

Depending on your skin type, certain types of makeup may actually be harming your skin. Opt for certified hypoallergenic products as these will be guaranteed to be gentle on the skin. If you have other problem skin concerns such as acne or rashes, it’s even more important to exercise caution and select products that will work with, rather than against, your skin.

Be Sun Savvy

The sun might transform tired skin into a healthy golden bronze and bestow us with a generous dose of vitamin D but it can also burn us and eventually damage and age skin. Always be cautious in the sun particularly during the hottest hours of the day which tend to fall between 10am and 2pm. Always wear sun screen and opt for sunglasses and a hat. Remember, if skin is covered, it is protected. Reapply sun screen often especially if you swim and sweat.

Reconsider Your Lifestyle Habits

Certain habits we indulge in are detrimental to the well-being of our skin. Smoking, drinking, sun-tanning, stressing…all of these habits merge to create unhealthy, damaged skin. If you think your lifestyle is having a negative impact, re-evaluate certain areas of your life and make the necessary changes.

Oils

Many people swear that oils are more effective than creams when moisturizing as the skin finds them easier to absorb. Rosehip is a great oil endorsed by models such as Miranda Kerr. Apply a few drops to your hands and rub in delicately.

 

What are your sensational skin secrets?