Though none of us claim to be specialists in these areas, creating our own things or doing-it-ourselves can be quite a rewarding experience, contributing to our overall wellbeing and self-care. That said, having a go ourselves often makes us miss and value the expertise of professionals even more!
Dr Toni Philips, Group Clinical Director at DestinationSkin says this is especially true when it comes to skincare and beauty. “When your skin looks fresh and radiant, it can give you a little boost. There are plenty of beauty hacks you can do at home, which your skin will thank you for.”
Try some skin superfoods
What we eat can have a significant impact on our skin. Eating too much of the wrong foods can reduce that all-important glow, while there’s heaps of ingredients that will contribute to bright, luminous skin. Here are a few of my favourite skin superfoods:
- Berries can help to fight fine lines and wrinkles. They are packed with antioxidants, which help to keep free radicals under control. Free radicals are tiny molecules that can attack the cells and reduce their ability to function optimally, they are one of the leading causes of skin damage and ageing.
- Avocados are rich in healthy fats which help keep skin supple and moisturised, while even protecting your skin from sun damage. However, that isn’t an excuse to forego SPF!
- Oily fish is great for healthy skin – it’s packed with vitamins and minerals including omega 3, vitamin E and Zinc, which work to tackle inflammation, promote skin health and cell production.
Next time you do your food shop, why not create a shopping list for your skin and experiment with recipes that incorporate these nourishing ingredients?
Glowing skin starts from within
We all know that too much salt and sugar isn’t recommended for good health, but what impact do they have on our skin?
Too much sugar, often found in fizzy drinks and processed food, causes glycation. This process destroys collagen and Hyaluronic Acid, which are both essential for fresh and glowing skin. Hyaluronic Acid helps reduce the visibility of fine lines and wrinkles and collagen is responsible for your skin’s elasticity.
Excessive salt in your diet can interfere with the overall water balance inside and outside the cells. Foods that are high in salt can cause water retention and sometimes cause puffy eyes. It can also cause your collagen levels to deplete and promote premature ageing.
We’re all allowed to enjoy a treat now and then, but the effects of excessive salt and sugar are something to bear in mind next time you’re in the supermarket or raiding your cupboards for a snack.
Make your own face mask
Run out of your favourite face masks? All is not lost – when you’re in need of a little TLC, you might be surprised what treats you’ll find lying around your kitchen!
Here’s a round-up of skin-loving ingredients that you could try incorporating into your own face mask:
- Avocado – incredibly soothing and hydrating
- Honey – antibacterial and anti-inflammatory
- Turmeric powder with water – reduces inflammation
- Oatmeal – antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, which help calm dry skin and remove dead skin cells
- Fresh aloe (or aloe vera gel) – naturally soothing and lightly moisturising
Top tip: always remember to apply the mask to clean, dry skin, wash off with warm water and remember to moisturise afterwards.
Take up facial yoga!
I am a huge fan of facial massage and yoga; I always recommend it to my clients to help settle and maintain injectable dermal filler treatments. However, if you’ve had to pause your usual skincare treatments recently, or you just fancy a little boost, facial yoga is a brilliant at-home exercise to help plump your pout.
Facial massage (even around the lips) activates the facial lymphatics and gets the blood flowing to transport oxygen and essential nutrients to the skin and facial tissues. The exercises are based on the same principles as resistance training, leaving your skin feeling firmer and fuller.
Top tip #1: For the best results, try and incorporate these exercises into your everyday skincare routine.
Top tip #2: Make sure you’re not wearing any products before your facial yoga session, as they can make the skin soft and slippery – you need a good grip to really feel the effects!
For more top tips on how to care for your skin visit @DestinationSkin