HOW TO MAINTAIN HEALTHY, GLOWING SKIN OVER EASTER
A diary full of pre-Easter catch-ups and parties on the horizon means that many of us have resigned ourselves to a month of not enough sleep, too much alcohol and all the wrong foods (well, it is festive season). Add to this all that rushing around shopping and it all adds up to one thing – stress. Even the most organised of us can feel their pulse rate spiking a few beats more than normal over the festive season.
A stressed you unfortunately means stressed skin, but other than hibernating for the entire festive season, how can your skin survive Easter ?
1) Get your beauty sleep
First things first, you need to have some nights firmly blocked out for beauty sleep. Your skin repairs and regenerates when you are in deep sleep, so if you do back-to-back party nights it simply doesn’t have any time to make itself beautiful again.
2) Stay hydrated
You have heard it a thousand times before but there is a reason this is good advice: drink water. In between glasses of wine and Prosecco, pepper in a few glasses of water. Your kidneys and skin will thank you for it. As the toxins build up, your essential nutrients drop and alcohol also dehydrates your body. Even though the skin is the largest organ in your body, it is always the last one to get any essential nutrients, oxygen or water so being pickled for hours will literally suck the life out of your skin leaving it looking dull and often blotchy.
3) Watch your sugar intake
Step away from the Easter Eggs (or whichever jumbo tub of chocolates you find yourself dipping in to). There is no such thing as “just one more”… Sugar may give you that little energy boost to get you through the midday hump but it won’t help your skin. Sugar causes inflammation in the body which promotes glycation of your collagen fibres (i.e. it stops them being supple), which leads to wrinkles and loss of firmness in the skin. If that’s not enough for you to step up your will power, sugar causes havoc with your insulin levels, which has a direct impact on your hormones and when your hormones are imbalanced you could be subjected to an acne breakout or a sensitivity flare up, and rashy, blotchy skin is not on anyone’s Easter list, ever.
4) Try food alternatives
If you do need a chocolate hit each day, I have recently been trying Esthechoc. It is dark chocolate that is jam packed with antioxidant polyphenols and anti-inflammatory astaxanthin (which comes from the same algae that salmon and flamingos eat). It is actually beneficial for skin, so you do get the best of both worlds. It is a nutraceutical, meaning it has been formulated so you only need one 7.5g square a day and therefore doesn’t interfere with your little-black-dress diet.
5) Go vegan (once in a while)
There are going to be moments when you will have little or no control over what you can eat – party food, salty snacks and sugary offerings will be forced upon you (well, you can’t drink on an empty stomach now can you?). So when you can choose, choose well and opt for fresh mainly plant-based foods that nourish your body. I always advise my clients to “go vegan” several days a week if they want to keep their skin looking healthier and more youthful. This is because a well-balanced plant-based diet reduces inflammation in the body and supplies you with lots of essential minerals and nutrients that your body can process easily. If you want easy plant-based ideas to get you started or just time-saving genius then opt for a meal-delivery service like Mindful Chef, they create perfectly balanced tasty recipes, then deliver the ingredients and an easy-to-follow how-to card to your door.
6) Book a treatment
Why not try our Radiant Glow Facial–Exfoliation and facial peel with lymphatic massage, mask and Dermalux Light Therapy? Some red-light therapy can give you a fresh glow.
7) Invest in a good serum
If your schedule is too busy for even a quickie treatment, then you need to invest in some de-stressing and “glow on the go” products. Firstly, prevention is better than cure so for me that means an antioxidant serum that neutralises free radical damage (the damage caused to our cells when they are attacked by aggressors like pollution, smoking, drinking and stress), used every morning for best results. I love Medik8 & SkinCeuticals.
Hydration is also important but never in the form of oil, instead opt for hydrating and nourishing serums. Once again I’m reverting back to a golden oldie: always cleanse your skin before bed (it needs to be make-up and grime-free to regenerate properly).
8) Apply a revitalising face mask