Personally, I like things to be simple - and that includes my skincare. Believe it or not, I am not one for having loads of products on my shelves - I even get satisfaction from finishing a product and throwing the bottle away!
It goes without saying that a good skincare routine is key in maintaining healthy skin, but there are other factors besides what we put on it that will contribute to how good our skin looks.
Here's how I keep my skin healthy:
Exercise - gets the heart rate going and blood flowing, bringing more oxygen and nutrients to the skin cells. Sometimes I really notice the difference in my skin immediately after a workout, it looks more alive! Sweating out toxins is also a great skin benefit so make sure you work up a sweat, but don't forget to stay hydrated as well. Try and exercise without make up on, but with moisturiser on to prevent losing too much moisture from the skin.
Sleep - so many health factors can be affected by your sleep pattern and the skin is certainly one of them. A good 7 - 8 hours each night will give your skin chance to repair and regenerate. Lack of sleep, or an irregular sleep pattern will eventually take its toll on the skin - dehydration, premature aging, puffiness, sallow skin, dark circles (okay I won't go on!)
Diet - I certainly love my food (the healthy and the not so healthy), and a glass of wine! However I am a firm advocate of 'everything in moderation' so I know how to stay in control. Probably my most favourite tip, is to include a portion of seeds and berries on your breakfast every morning; the Omega 3 fatty acids from the seeds will keep your skin soft, supple and youthful, and the berries are a good source of antioxidants. Our bodies don't naturally produce Omega 3s so it's important to get them from our diet, and antioxidants work wanders for repairing the skin from free radical damage.
Stay hydrated - I don't think I need to elaborate on this too much - up your water intake - even if you think you drink enough, drink more! Try different herbal teas, fruit infused water, buy a fancy bottle, keep a jug of iced water on the go at home, or use a water dispenser; whatever it takes to help you drink more!
Fresh air - get lots of it! Good for reducing stress too.
Finally, good skincare - it doesn't have to be complicated. We're all different so find what works for you, but invest in good products that are natural. Many high street skincare products use all sorts of synthetic ingredients, some that offer no benefit at all and some that are even harmful. You'd be surprised as to what some of the big high street brands use in their products, yet are still able to market them as 'natural' or 'gentle'. It's another topic altogether, but what we put on our skin is as important as what we put into our bodies, as it all gets absorbed. If it all sounds a bit daunting, start with a good cleanser and moisturiser, and build it from there. Personally, I love finding products that I can use for more than one thing. I use SUNDARI Neem Night Cream in the daytime as well as night time, and I use SUNDARI Chamomile Eye Oil not just around my eyes, but over my face and neck as well - I really do like to keep it simple and the less products on my shelf the better!
Please get in touch if you have any skincare questions and I will be more than happy to share my advice.