Covering up your skin problems with makeup is never 100 percent effective. You’d far rather have natural complexion that glows with health, and makeup as an extra. You’re on the right track! After I was diagnosed with rosacea earlier this year I began to focus more on my skin care routine and less on make up. Start with your basic, twice-daily skincare routine and make it a habit. But there’s more you can do to keep your skin looking fresh and radiant. Try these tips to max out your results.
1. Deep Cleanse With a Masque Product
Clay masks really do give your skin a new lease of life, drawing out stubborn impurities and minimising pores. Blue clay for skincare clarifies your skin and can be used once to three times a week depending on how oily or dry your skin is. Cambrian blue clay is the gold standard because it’s full of minerals that help to nourish your skin. Choose one with additional anti-inflammatory herbal extracts to supercharge your results. They’re instant. Try this once and you’ll notice the difference immediately.
2. Don’t Use Regular Soap on Your Face
Most ordinary soaps have quite a high pH. That makes them terrible for your skin, and the harsh ingredients will dry out your skin, leaving it looking dry and tired. The skin on your face is much more sensitive than elsewhere, so treat it with respect, choosing a pH balanced facial wash that doesn’t completely strip the skin of the natural oils that keep it nourished.
3. Maintain Healthy Sleep Patterns
While lots of people will tell you to drink water for your skin, experts say that it won’t really help much. However, if you don’t get enough sleep, you’re sure to see the consequences. Dark circles under the eyes are an obvious no-no, and since collagen production is at its best when we’re sleeping, getting insufficient rest can actually make you age faster.
4. Use Sunscreen
This is something my dermatologist has been repeating. Harsh, UV light from the sun ages the skin. It’s something we’ve known for hundreds of years, even if not in so many words. You’ll have heard of the term “a weatherbeaten complexion,” and as looks go, it’s probably not one you want for yourself. Use a good sunscreen when you’re outdoors and reapply it frequently. You should be applying all year round not just during the summer months
“Exfoliating” means getting rid of dead skin cells that leave your skin looking dry and dull. But never scrub the tender skin on your face or use rough cloths to do so. Choose a gentle exfoliating cream. The good news? Your toner and cleanser might already be going some way towards dissolving dead skin cells. Your skin looks smoother, and is better able to absorb your skincare products.
6. Improve Blood Circulation
Have you ever noticed how much better your skin looks when you exercise frequently? Massage also helps to boost blood circulation. Better blood flow means that waste products are carried away faster and your underlying skin cells receive fresh nutrients and oxygen to stay healthy. It’s certainly true that a healthy lifestyle shows up in your skin’s condition.
7. A Healthy Diet for a Healthy Look
The final tip for today: eat a healthy, balanced diet. Avoid refined sugar and processed foods and opt for foods that help to boost your overall wellness. As a bonus, your complexion will be clearer, you’ll have fewer outbreaks of spots, and you’ll have more zest for life. A healthy body means healthy skin: just one more reason to take good care of yourself!
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