Preventative Tips, Wellbeing
1. Wear sunscreen, every day
Our top tip - did you know that wearing sunscreen is one of the easiest, most affordable ways to keep your skin looking younger and smoother? Sun exposure, and particularly UVA radiation is associated with premature skin aging and eye damage, and it can damage your skin all day long – even inside windows or windscreens.1
Always choose a high-quality sunscreen that’s broad-spectrum (meaning it blocks out both UVA and UVB rays) and SPF30+ or higher. Wearing sunscreen not only reduces your skin cancer risk, it’s a whole lot cheaper than spending a small fortune on anti-aging moisturisers and cosmetic procedures once the damage has already been done!
2. Hydrate, hydrate and hydrate some more
Another very simple skincare hack that won’t cost you anything but can result in more brighter, clearer, more ‘glowy’ skin. To keep your skin hydrated, make sure you drink around 2 litres of water a day. If that sounds too hard, remember that herbal teas, juices and smoothies all count as beneficial hydration too (although not coffee as it’s a milk diuretic that can cause your kidneys to flush extra sodium and water from the body).
3. Sleep on your back
Sleeping on your side may feel more natural and comfy, but unfortunately years of sleeping on the same side can compress your face into the pillow and deepen fine lines and wrinkles – especially if you usually sleep on the same side every night! Try sleeping on your back as much as possible – and/or try switching to a silk pillowcase, which can help to reduce friction and bunching. As an added bonus, a silk pillowcase can also help your hair get less tangled and knotty overnight too.
4. Change your pillowcase often
While you’re getting your ‘beauty sleep’ each night (getting enough rest also helps to improve your skin), did you know that bacteria, dirt, dust and dead skin is collecting on your pillowcase? Swap your pillowcase out weekly at least – or even daily if you suffer from frequent breakouts. This is a really simple and cost-effective tip for teenage skin too!
5. My kitchen rules
Raid your fridge or pantry for some simple, low-cost skincare treatments. Yoghurt makes a great face mask for dull skin, mashed avocado is great for moisturizing the skin, reducing inflammation, and healing acne, and honey contains antioxidants and antibacterial properties that can help reduce pores and blackheads.
6. Ditch the dairy
For some people, a dairy intolerance can cause skin problems such as acne, irritation and even rosacea. If you suspect dairy might be the culprit, try giving it up for a few weeks and see if your skin improves. Or if it’s not dairy, try reducing other common allergens from your diet (one at a time), such as wheat, soy or peanuts to see if it clears up your skin.
7. Up the good oils
A deficiency in Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids (EFA) is one of the most common causes of skin problems. EFAs are responsible for regulating oil in your skin, and an imbalance can create either dry, oily or prematurely aged skin.
So a super-easy skincare hack is to add more EFA-containing oils, such as flaxseed oil or fish oils, to your daily diet (look for them at your supermarket or health food store). And try to avoid the ‘bad oils’ found in deep-fried or processed foods, which are high in damaging Omega-6 fats and can inflame your skin – another easy way to reduce the cost of having radiant, glowing skin!
8. Improve that gut feeling
A sluggish digestive system and unbalanced gut can exacerbate skin conditions such as acne, rosacea and any sensitive or inflamed skin conditions. Eating more gut-healing foods that contain probiotics or prebiotics will help to transform your skin, as well as improving your energy levels and general wellbeing – and again, it needn’t cost a fortune.
9. Always remove your make-up
We’re all guilty of doing it from time to time – going to sleep with our make-up on. BUT, sleeping in make-up can clog pores and increase spots and acne, irritate your skin and cause redness and dullness. Plus, if you haven’t removed your make-up, chances are you didn’t moisturise your skin either! Cleansers don’t need to be expense: try cleansing your skin with
almond oil, organic olive oil or coconut oil (which has anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties). These natural oils will not only take off make-up, but also moisturise your skin in the process.
10. Turn down the temperature
Especially if it’s cold out, it feels great to dial up the heat in the shower or while washing your face. However, this can dry out your skin, resulting in sensitive, inflamed or dull skin. Use only lukewarm water to wash your face and try to avoid using soap on your face – it’s much cheaper than splashing out on expensive skincare products to fix your dry or sensitive skin.
11. DIY your hair colour
A common (and super cost-effective) trick for adding a lighter glow to your hair is to add lemon juice, which can create natural highlights in the sun. During winter, try chamomile tea instead: simply wet your hair with it and leave overnight to gain a natural golden glow that even your hairdresser will admire. Tea, coffee and even beer are other DIY remedies used to colour tresses, and an avocado hair mask mixed with olive oil will help restore gloss and shine to your locks.
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