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3 Habits to Adopt Now for Healthy Skin

Having beautiful skin isn’t always about lathering your skin in the most expensive lotions and potions, or drinking gallons of water each day, though the latter really does help! There are a few basic changes, you can easily adopt, to drastically improve the health and appearance of your skin.

Embracing just a few simple habits can help to to slow the ageing process of your skin, as well as rewarding you with refreshed and glowing skin, and who wouldn’t like a little (or a lot) of that in their life?

 

Thorough Cleansing

Thorough cleansing is crucial if you want to have glowing skin, a quick wipe with a facial wipe or cotton wool pad, just isn’t going to cut it if you want a model-like glow. To give your skin the best start, you need to be washing with water and a cloth, day and night.

Throughout the day your skin is continually coated with air pollutants, grease, dirt and bacteria, and the only effective way to remove this is with a cleanser and water. Using a cloth to gently cleanse your face will also help to gently exfoliate and remove dead skin cells, helping your skin to look it’s dewy best. In addition to this, removing all the grime and build up from your skin, helps to ensure that your products penetrate the skin more easily, allowing them to work their magic.

For tips on how to make the most from your cleansing routine, check out our cleansing guide.

 

Sleep

We all know that feeling when you wake from a bad night’s sleep, only to be confronted by dark circles and and tired looking skin in our morning reflection. The truth is, that when we leave our twenties behind us, tiredness begins to show in our complexion, and it becomes harder to get away with burning the candle at both ends.

A lack of adequate sleep, not only impacts cognitive function, it also impacts on your body’s ability to restore itself. To kick start your body’s natural circadian rhythm cycle to heal and restore, you need to make sure that you have a minimum of 7 hours sleep each night. If you struggle to get enough shut eye each night, then try to adopt a consistent routine, where you wake and sleep at the same time each night. And yes, sorry, that does include weekends!

If you find it hard to get a good night’s sleep, then check out our pre-sleep routine guide for more shut eye.

 

Reduce Stress

Did you know that stress and anxiety could actually be responsible for problems with our complexion? Stress causes the body to release cortisol, which can make skin more sensitive and reactive, leading to oily skin, breakouts and increased problems with conditions such as psoriasis and rosacea. Stress can even lead to thinning of the skin, sagging and ageing.

Recognising the effect stress can have is one thing, but how to combat it’s effects? This isn’t an easy question to answer as some stressors in life are unavoidable, but what we can do is try to find coping strategies and ways to mitigate the stress we find ourselves under. Remedies can be as simple as taking time out to breath or allowing yourself time for relaxation, but for more pervasive cases of stress and anxiety, looking into CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) and practicing mindfulness, may be more helpful.

 

Adopting these three habits, will undoubtedly help to improve the appearance of your skin, but there are also lots of other ways in which you can help your skin to look and feel its very best. Remember to stay hydrated, eat less sugar, avoid drinking too much caffeine and alcohol, as well as stopping smoking. Using sun protection daily will also help to protect your skin from the ageing effects of the sun, and using products with fruit acids and vitamin C, will help to gently exfoliate and refresh your skin.