Here’s a few easy tips to help you reach your skincare goals.
From tips about nourishing your skin from the inside out to what happens to our bodies when we don’t get enough sleep, I got the lowdown from Skinstitut Expert, Zoe Devine on all your ‘need to knows’ here.
1. BEAUTY SLEEP
Our skin is in repair mode whilst we are asleep, it helps remove toxins, shed dead skin cells and replenish your hydration levels.
Skinstitut’s Zoe Devine says, “When we do not have sufficient sleep the body releases cortisol, a stress hormone, in larger amounts. Cortisol can break down collagen meaning the skin will not feel as smooth and elastic. Long term lack of sleep can create a duller looking, lacklustre skin tone, dark under eye circles and accelerate the appearance of fine lines.”
It is important to feed your body nutritious food daily with a wide range of fresh vegetables, fruit, protein, nuts and essential fats. If your body is lacking necessary nutrients it will become obvious in the texture and tone of your skin. “Food cravings may be an indication that your body is low in certain nutrients. Indulging in sweet treat cravings can lead to little bumps or an uneven skin tone compared to usual. This can be especially noticeable on the forehead or chin,” says Zoe.
Zoe says, “regular exercise encourages efficient circulation this means that we carry more oxygen-rich blood to the skin more efficiently. By doing so, this also helps to deliver much needed nutrients to the skin while carrying away waste products. This oxygen-rich blood also helps to create a more luminous and rosy appearance to the skin.”
Skinstitut Microbiome Micellar Water is the most convenient cleanser post workout as it doesn’t require a rinse. It’s said to instantly replenish the skin’s hydration levels and the allantoin properties will assist with soothing and the green tea extract will give you a nice antioxidant boost.
When talking all things hydration, it’s important to remember there is a vast difference between dry and dehydrated skin. Dehydrated skin is a result of insufficient moisture (water) in the skin. In most cases dehydrated skin occurs from lifestyle habits, like incorrect or overzealous product use, air conditioning or hot showers.
Zoe touts Skinstitut’s Hydrating Mask as the ultimate solution to combat dehydrated and dull skin. She says just 10 minutes of self-care will leave your skin feeling instantly plump and smooth. Try to incorporate a hydrating mask 1-2 times a week to purify and improve your natural radiance.
It’s important to note that the sun is the single most detrimental factor that can cause damage and change in the skin. Using a sunscreen daily is essential to ensure your skin is protected from the effects of UV rays. Skinstitut’s Age Defence SPF 50+ works as a broad-spectrum protection to counter UV-related pigmentation and sun damage whilst moisturising the skin.