Recharge your complexion with our guide to great glowing skin.
Start your day right. Skin is often dehydrated first thing in the morning, which can result in a dull complexion. To get that glowing skin, start your day with a glass of warm water and lemon to give your liver the kick start it needs to eliminate nasty toxins. Next, you’ll want to get rid of those dark circles under the eyes. Look for products that contain soothing, cooling ingredients such as cucumber, lavender and raspberry says Candice Gardner, Education Manager at the Dermal Institute.
Give your skin an energy boost. Just as we hit an afternoon slump after lunch, so our skin also flags as the body directs energy elsewhere. Need a pick-me-up? Keep an energising facial mist in your handbag. These spritzers give your skin the boost it needs, especially if they contain ingredients such as grapefruit and lemon.
Be sun savvy. Before you leave the house, make sure you’ve applied enough SPF. Not only will this help to protect your skin from harmful UVA and UVB radiation, it’ll also prevent sunburn and peeling pigmentation marks. If your skin is particularly oily or sensitive, look for a tinted moisturiser that protects while providing a natural looking glow.
Banish dryness. The combination of air conditioners indoors and dry, hot air outdoors can wreak havoc with your skin. If you want to keep that dewy, glowing complexion use a creamy cleanser and a gentle oil-based exfoliator.
Revamp your diet. What you put in your body, will certainly show on the outside. Grabbing a takeaway and a few glasses of wine after a tough day in the office won’t do your skin any favours. Rule number one? Steer clear of salt- as it makes your body retain water, causing dehydration. It’s also important to avoid refined and processed carbs which can aggravate breakouts by raising levels of androgens (hormones that stimulate oil glands). Fill your plate with brightly coloured fruits and vegetables, wholegrains and lean proteins including oily fish rich in Omega-3 fatty acids.