There are lots of simple things we can do to achieve happier skin.
Spending money on expensive skincare products isn’t necessarily the answer. Here are 5 simple skincare hacks for healthier and happier skin- they won’t break the bank either.
1 . Balance your gut
It’s said that taking a probiotic can help to balance the ‘fire’ inside you. Probiotics are full of good bacteria and they help maintain a healthy digestive system and boost your immune system which can help in getting to the root of the problem with acne and rosacea flare ups.
As someone living with rosacea, I have been told numerous times over the years about the benefits of taking a probiotic to help balance my gut and calm inflammation from within. If you are struggling with your skin at the moment it might be an idea to seek professional help from a nutritionist who can help guide you in the right direction and talk you through some options.
People always say that your skin is a reflection of what’s going on inside your body and 9/10 they are right.
2. Wear SPF
We all know that UVA and UVB rays are harmful and cause damage to our skin. The best way to protect yourself is by incorporating a high factor SPF into your daily skincare regime…even during the winter months. Those harmful rays are still very much there and can break through those clouds. Wearing SPF is particularly important to those with rosacea as the sun’s rays are a common trigger for most sufferers.
Some of my tried and tested SPF moisturisers include Skincueticals, the La Roche Posay Anthelios range and MGC Derma BB Concealer Repair Cream (little bit more expensive, but such an amazing product).
3. Say NO to make up wipes. Seriously, say no.
I urge you to throw those awful things in the bin ASAP. They do absolutely nothing for your skin. Make up wipes might be quick and convenient after one too many gin & tonics BUT they definitely do not by any stretch of the word ‘cleanse’ your skin or offer anything of any nutritional value. Quite often is the case, once you think you’ve finished wiping the thing over your face, a delicious (not) residue of make up that you didn’t quite remove and cheap cleansing wipe juice is left behind… yuck.
Failure to cleanse the skin effectively can lead to congested skin and unnecessary breakouts. A vicious circle to get into.
I’m a big fan of cream and oil cleansers. They lift dirt and make up and enable you to cleanse gently and thoroughly while simultaneously ‘feeding’ your skin with nourishing ingredients. Cleansing balms, milks and oils are gentle and help to protect the skin’s barrier function. There are loads out there and worth a little looking into. I currently use Dermaviduals Cleansing Milk and the Amaranthine Cleansing Balm ..both are amazing.
4. Hydrate with water and get your beauty sleep
Water hydrates our skin from inside out, keeping it looking fresh and plump- who doesn’t want that? We should be drinking two litres everyday! Add some lemon for an extra dash of detox… Or better still, coconut water (I think I love it almost as much as matcha).
Our skin heals and repairs itself overnight as we sleep, so if you’re guilty of clocking up less that 7 hours a night on a regular basis, it might be the reason why your skin isn’t looking as perky as it could do.
I definitely notice that my skin is more prone to flushing/ experiencing a rosacea flare up when I’m sleep deprived and dehydrated!
5. Use a face mask once or twice a week
If you follow me on Instagram you will know that I love a good face mask. It’s the perfect little addition to your skincare routine in order to keep that complexion of yours looking bright, fresh and radiant. Some of my favourite clays to use are:
Why use a clay mask? It’s really inexpensive and easy to do! I buy my clays online and simply add 1 or 2 tsp of clay with some water, then mix into a paste and apply to clean dry skin.
Whenever I use a mask I always notice how much softer and brighter my complexion looks and feels. Clay masks gently slough away dull skin cells that sit on the surface of the skin, revealing brighter, refreshed complexions. Clay mask’s can also help draw impurities and grime from our pores, reducing the chance of experiencing congested skin.
Everything in moderation though. Don’t start masking all day every day whatever you do. I’ve learned that over cleansing can be just as bad as not bothering to cleanse at all. Our skin is very intelligent and does its best to look after itself.. over-using face masks or a skincare product that boasts its ability to exfoliate and desquamate will likely cause more skin related problems and disrupt the skin’s barrier function. A clay mask once or twice a week is perfect.