Your journey to truly beautiful skin doesn’t start with a new cleanser or moisturiser, it starts with the decision to heal and nourish yourself from the inside out. Many skin problems, particularly acne, begin with imbalances in the liver, gut and reproductive organs and while our skin can show warning signs right away, chronic, long-term skin problems are often the result of months or years of neglect.
Neglecting our phone hygiene is a habit we all need to break this year. Mobile phones have been proven to carry germs, bacteria, and even poop which you then press against the side of your face multiple times during the day!
If you’re suffering from long term skin problems, whether it’s acne, rosacea or dermatitis there is no quick fix (despite what the beauty industry tells you!). It can take months, sometimes even years to repair your digestive system, balance your hormones, work on your stress levels, and fix whatever factor is contributing to your skin issues, but there are a few tricks you can do to ensure your skin looks healthier tomorrow, than it does today.
5 Simple Tips For Better Skin Tomorrow
1. Hydrate Like It’s Your Job
Water is needed for every function your body performs; it transports essential nutrients into every cell of the body and helps keep them hydrated so they can function properly and efficiently. It also carries vital elements, oxygen, hormones, enzymes, and chemical messengers to all parts of the body.
Drinking water frequently throughout the day will help your skin stay moist and plump. Staying adequately hydrated also helps your body eliminate toxins when you go to the toilet. These toxins would otherwise accumulate and escape the body through your skins’ pores which can result in breakouts. Drinking plenty of water will also reduce the likelihood of sunken eyes and dark circles.
2. Don’t Touch!
Just leave it alone! Touching and picking at your skin is guaranteed to make things worse. Imagine a spot like a puppy (bear with me here!), the more you pet and play with it, the longer it’s going to stick around wanting more – the more you ignore it, the sooner it will go away! Excessive picking is a common habit for many – whether you suffer from chronic eczema or just have an irritating patch of dry flaky skin, it sometimes seems impossible to ignore and just too tempting to not prod, squeeze, scratch, or pick.
When it comes to acne, picking at your face can lead to further inflammation and scarring. When you squeeze a spot, some of the infection will burst through the surface of the skin (this can cause deep scarring). While it might look like you’ve extracted all the gunk, a lot of the infection actually gets pushed deeper into the skin which creates the perfect breeding group for new breakouts. Have you ever wondered why you develop a cluster of new spots a few days after a squeezing session?
3. Clean Your Phone
Neglecting our phone hygiene is a habit we all need to break this year. Mobile phones have been proven to carry germs, bacteria, and even poop which you then press against the side of your face multiple times during the day! Clean your screen today and your skin will definitely thank you tomorrow.
Make your own homemade screen clean by simply mix 50:50 vinegar and distilled water with plenty of citrus peel (orange/lime/grapefruit/lemon), a few sprigs of thyme, some cloves and star anise and let it sit for 2 weeks. One the two weeks is up, strain the mixture into a spray bottle and use as necessary!
To clean your phone, simply switch the device off, and spray a small amount of cleaner onto a microfibre cloth, and gently clean your screen.
4. Give Yourself a Facial While You Cleanse
Cleansing properly at night is an important step to clearer, healthier skin the following morning. It helps to remove the toxins and grime which have accumulated over the day as well as all traces of make-up which, if left, can lead to clogged pores and dull looking skin. Giving yourself a mini 4-minute facial while you cleanse can leave your skin looking brighter and more radiant, this is because the massage techniques help to stimulates blood flow which increases collagen production and helps give a healthy natural glow.
Once you’ve cleansed, removed your make-up and washed your hands, begin by applying a small amount of light, cold-pressed oil to your face and neck, I recommend jojoba or pumpkin seed oil. Start by massaging your lymph area for 1 minute using wide, sweeping circles under your ears and down the sides of your throat – focusing on this area helps to release toxins. Continuing the circular pattern, move on to your cheeks focusing on the corners of your nostrils, cheekbones and corners of your mouth. Push your skin ‘up and out’ towards your ears to prevent sagging.
Using the ‘up and out’ circular motion, massage your forehead for 1 minute. Start on your temples and slowly work your way into the centre before repeating. To combat puffy eyes, finish your facial with an eye massage. Place your fingers at the arch of your brow and sweep them around the outside corners of your eyes, up your nose and back along your brows. Repeat for 1 minute.
5. Get Some Shut Eye
When you sleep, your body repairs, detoxifies, regulates hormones and adjusts blood sugar levels which are all important factors when it comes to clear, healthy skin. To maximise your beauty sleep, try to get to bed by 10pm. Experts claim that one hour of sleep between 10pm and 2am is the equivalent to two hours of sleep before or after these time slots!
Have you any other top skin tips of your own that you’d like to share? Why not leave a comment using the comments box below.