It’s no surprise to me that when I tick all the boxes on the ‘healthy’ list, I look better.
And for once, I’m not talking weight loss or maintenance. Today, I’m talking skin! Whenever I fall off the wagon, my skin suffers and as much as I tend to slap on another layer of Doublewear and bury my head, I know deep deep down, I’ve got to buck my ideas up.
So what do I do, to get better skin? Here are a few tips and options if you’re suffering from unhappy skin – be it breakouts, under the skin bulges that won’t desist or just uneven, dull skin.
GET YOUR GLUG ON
Let’s get the boring one out the way. Water, water, water ladies. I won’t explain why, but the more the better (I do around 2 litres a normal day, and even more if I need it). I picked this water bottle up from Matalan recently for just £4, but there are loads of techy ones on the market.
TRY A JUICE
I talked about how I’d started juicing in this post, and although I don’t tend to stick to recipes, I did specifically read up on certain ingredients that would help my skin. I’ve mixed and matched to find a combination that I can handle the taste of and it goes something like:
1 large apple or 2 small
A chunk of ginger, skin on (around 3-4cm in size)
1 medium raw beetroot
A wedge of lemon
A good handful of spinach
The apples and carrots create a sweet base, and the rest does a whole load of goodness – from the queen of energizing, beetroot, to the antioxidants in the apples, and iron hit from the spinach.
KEEP IT LIGHT
I know it’s tempting, I do it, but try your best to keep your make up minimal for a few weeks. A CC cream or a tinted moisturiser just gives your skin a rest, and if you really can’t be without full on foundation, make sure you take it off as soon as you get home. I find if I get in early evening and cleanse, I can then use a suitable mask and leave it on for a good amount of time, before leaving my skin fresh for the evening.
TEA TREE OIL
Whenever people ask me, what is my number one spot buster, for me it’s tea tree oil. Not only is it cheap, it’s natural and it works wonders on breakouts for me. It can be drying but so long as your keep the areas moisturised at other times to minimize scarring, a dab of oil before bed is your best bet.
This is the one I hate to admit to. Do some exercise. Get sweating. The increased blood flow sends all kinds of goodness shooting around your body. More oxygen helps the blood carry away nasties too. I’m really tempted to start some at home yoga – I’ve got the tshirt afterall! Just have a nice, cleansing shower afterwards.
In addition to my juicing recipe, I try to up my oily foods. Avocado, salmon, nuts (alongside other skin friendly foods like carrots and spinach) are all great for helping you get the glow back in your skin due to their essential fat and oil content.