Your skin is 65% water so when you’re under-hydrated, it will show in your skin very quickly. If you have trouble drinking enough water each day, carry a bottle with you when you leave the house and challenge yourself to finish it before the hour. Make sure it’s a non-plastic bottle to avoid toxic chemicals leeching into your water if you need to leave it in a hot car!
Adequate UV protection
While we need a little time in the sun to get our vitamin D, nothing ages skin faster than repeated over-exposure to UV rays. Sunscreens absorb UV before your skin can and convert it to heat which is then released. Sunblock on the other hand literally blocks the rays. Most sunblocks are zinc oxide or titanium oxide which are not absorbed by the skin and are far more ocean-friendly.
Be chemically aware
Many skincare products contain synthetic chemicals that can cause irritation, mess with our hormones or cause damage to the ocean. Figuring out what is a chemical listed on the ingredients list versus what is a fancy botanical name of something natural and beneficial can be confusing. If you haven’t got time to Google every ingredient, seek advice on a great range you can purchase from that is chemical-free.
Foods rich in vitamins and antioxidants
Eating a rainbow every day will give you all the vitamins and antioxidants you need for healthy skin. If you have trouble getting in your 5 serves every day, speak to a Naturopath or Nutritionist who can help you with a weekly meal plan that’s dense in nutrients and easy to prepare.
Healing and restoration processes in our bodies happen while we sleep. Apart from dark circles under your eyes, chronic sleep deprivation will eventually lead to dull skin. If you’re having trouble sleeping, there are many supplements and techniques you can use to help you drift off to sleep naturally. Some should not be used in combination with medications or in pregnancy so make sure you consult with an experienced professional.
A little bit of stress can be motivating for some but in high doses or for long periods of time, stress is damaging to every part of our being. Stress will sequester all of the nutrients you need to fight or flight, leaving your skin at the bottom of the priorities list. Stress also inhibits digestion and detoxification while increasing free radical damage and inflammation. Get a handle on your stress and watch that glow come back into your skin!