If you want to have clear, glowing, healthy looking skin no matter what time of the month, there is more to skin care than just using good quality products, like Vitalise Skin Care (ie those that contain no harmful ingredients). Lifestyle, diet and day to day habits can be the difference between a healthy glow or those extra wrinkles showing through. Below are 5 quick habits that you can easily implement to improve your complexion.
Habit #1 – Avoid eating excess sugar
A 2013 study on the connection between blood sugar and aging found that participants who had higher blood sugar levels were also rated as looking older. The sugar was aging them! Conistently high levels of blood glucose causes premature cell aging, as well as causing glycation, a process in which sugar damages proteins in your blood causing advanced glycation end products (AGEs), which makes you more susceptable to skin damage and premature wrinkles.
Habit #2 – Sleep on a pillow that hasn’t been washed in toxic laundry detergent
If you’re getting enough sleep, you’re spending 1/3 of your life with your face resting on a pillow. Think about the ingredients in the laundry detergent you use. Do you want your face next to those chemicals for 1/3 of your life? Your skin (and overall health) may benefit from switching to a natural laundry detergent. Try to avoid detergents with fragrance (which is proprietary information and thus the real ingredients aren’t listed on the label) and brighteners (these chemicals stay on fabric after they are washed). Also, steer clear of chemical-laden dryer sheets!
Habit #3 – Avoid using unnatural makeup
There’s nothing wrong with wanting to look your best, but putting on foundation, blush, concealer, and eye makeup everyday could be making your skin less healthy. Most makeup brands use ingredients that not only fail to promote a radiant complexion, but can actually compromise your health. The list of what to avoid is so long we won’t attempt to cover that today, but favoring natural mineral makeup is a good rule of thumb for avoiding these toxic ingredients.
Habit #4 – Exfoliate
Exfoliating removes dead skin cells, opening up your pores and helping you absorb your natural serums and oils. As you age, the rate of cell turnover decreases, so exfoliating becomes even more important. Don’t skip this important part of your skin care routine. A couple of times a week, use a facial scrub after you cleanse your face, then follow with a hydrating moisturiser.
Habit #5 – Stay hydrated
The skin is protected by a film of water, natural moisturizing factors and lipids, which help prevent water loss and dehydration of the outermost layer of skin. Sweating, sun exposure, bad diet (see our post on nutrition for the skin) all affect skin hydration, and if your skin becomes dehydrated it will look dry, tight and flaky. Dry skin has less resilience and is more prone to wrinkling. As well as drinking 6-8 glasses of water daily, the other ways to ensure skin hydration is to use a good moisturiser, such as Vitalise Hydrating Moisturiser, eating good quality fats such as fish, avocado, olive oil, walnuts, and keep shower and bath temperatures warm but not hot.
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