Seven steps to Summer skin

Nourish from within-  Of course, your diet keeps your body slim and healthy, but it doesn’t stop there. The food you eat matters more to your skin than it does to your shape. Your diet is extremely important to your overall health and your skin’s appearance will be affected as a result.

Fruits and vegetables are full of wrinkle fighting anti-oxidants that will prevent the signs of ageing. Eating plenty of fish will also benefit your skin. Fish contains Omega-3 fatty acids are necessary to keep skin thick, supple and moisturized. By eating a well-balanced diet rich in nutrients you will keep your skin looking youthful and glowing. Head over to Eat Well With Anne for plenty of delicious, healthy recipes.

Hydrate– Your skin is much more plump and resilient when it is well hydrated. Staying hydrated improves the skins elasticity and will combat the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. When there is an adequate amount of water on the inside the skin looks plumper and more radiant . During the warmer months we lose water in our bodies due to sweating and evaporation.  Try to drink at least 8 cups of water a day to ensure you are sufficiently hydrated. I have found this water bottle really helpful for keeping me on track of my water consumption throughout the day.

Stimulate – Dry body brushing helps to remove dead skin cells and ingrown hairs leaving your skin feeling smoother. The massage from the brush  helps to boost circulation and stimulate your lymphatic system, helping your body to detoxify. The result of regular dry brushing is glowing smooth skin all over. Dry body brushing is not the nicest of activities but I promise you that the results are well worth it.

Exfoliate-Your skins regeneration cycle is around 28 days. During this time the dead skin cells fall. Unfortunately as we age this process slows down resulting in dry, dull, blotchy and irritated skin. In order to  keep skin radiant fresh and healthy I try to exfoliate once or twice a week to remove or dead skin cells. By doing this my skin is oxygenated and ready to absorb all my products nutrients and active ingredients. Not only this but exfoliating removes all impurities from the skin preventing outbreaks. In the summer we tend to use more products such as sun protection so it important to prevent too much build up.

Some of my favourite exfoliators are:

Cleanse- A body mask is used to cleanse, detoxify and invigorate skin. Unfornately many of us tend to neglect the skin on our body and concentrate only on the facial skin. Many of us have multiple facial products but only tend to use a moisturizer for the body. Using a body mask is a great way to make sure that your skin look and feel its absolute best come summer it will hydration, remineralize, or detoxify the skin leaving it clean and smooth.

Moisturise –After a shower or bath it is incredibly important that you moisturise. The  hot water strips all the moisture and oils out of your skin, leaving it parched, irritable and dry. Whist your skin is still damp slap on a rich nourishing cream to trap in the moisture and protect your skin. These lotions are incredibly nourishing without over clogging your pores.

Protect  I Cannot stress enough how important it is to use sunscream. Sunscreen protects us from the sun’s extremely harmful ultraviolet rays: UVA and UVB. UVB rays are responsible for sunburn whist  UVA rays, penetrate deeper into the skin and can lead to long-term effects like premature ageing and wrinkling. I tend to use an SPF 30+ during the summer to ensure that my skin is fully protected. Here are a few of my favourites.

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