There’s no time like the holidays for relaxing and enjoying some downtime. Your skin included, when a healthy glowing skin is all you need.
Holidays are the perfect time to ditch the make-up and let our skin go au naturel to let it just… breeeaaaathe.
But are we brave enough to do that? Are we confident that our skin is good enough to face our public?
We all want our skin to have a healthy, radiant glow, and a fine texture that is blemish-free. So what is the trick?
Born with it? Or maybe not
Some of us are very blessed when it comes to skincare genes. But even if you are lucky to be born with it, you need to protect it or it will fade.
If you weren’t dealt a good hand when it comes to skin, everyone deserves to have it, and there is a lot you can do to achieve fabulous, glowing skin, or regain it if you have lost it – a lot of it begins at home, with a holistic healthy lifestyle plan. And then we can get a little help from our friends.
Tips for a glowing skin this holiday
A radiant, glowing skin is an indicator of good health, but at the end of a long, hard year, the face in the mirror may be looking a bit tired and grey.
The skin is usually the first place to show signs of exhaustion or the pressures of a stressful existence.
A holistic approach seems to work best for all matters concerning skin and health. Implementing small changes towards an overall goal will ensure you get to the new year in glowing good health.
1. Get sleep
The first thing we need to do is get some good quality rest. So enjoy the party, but try not to be the last person to leave. And get those good eight hours of zzzzs in.
It will make the world of difference to how you feel, and your skin will also reap the benefits.
Enough, good quality deep sleep and regular meditation (try some great meditation apps like Calm) has great benefits for body, mind and spirit as well as for our skin.
2. Get exercise
The benefits of regular exercise are also visible on the skin, It improves circulation and helps the body getting rid of toxins and stress.
3. Quit smoking
Nasty habits like smoking are known to deprive the skin of oxygen (hence the grey cast on your skin) as well as breaking down skin collagen faster. If ever you needed a reason to quit, maintaining a glowing skin is a good one.
4. Get balanced
We know party season makes it hard to resist all the delicious foods and drinks around (and why should we?). But try to strike a balance by making sure you eat a healthy diet most of the time, and ensuring the body has all the vitamins and minerals it requires with a good nutritional supplement.
This will nourish both the body and the skin. For that extra glow, make sure to eat fresh produce rich in antioxidants, such as blueberries and spinach.
Skin care is your skin’s BFF
Our skin changes as we age, as well as at different stages of our lives. Pregnancy, stress, lifestyle habits, how we look after it, etc., all have an impact on our skin.
The first sign that things aren’t A-OK is loss of radiance.
It could be as simple as the fact that our skin is dehydrated (which is probably one of the most common skin issues among all skin types – including oily skin). But how do we know what is really going on?
A consultation with a skin-care professional at a Skin Renewal clinic will soon identify our skin issues and take steps to address these. Here is how you can achieve glowing skin:
- A hydrating facial or two will get our skin up and glowing for the holidays.
Maybe a microdermabrasion session will give it a smooth polish. And then a prescription of home care products will do the rest.
- For that extra glow, specialty products such as serums are often prescribed as they contain concentrated active ingredients and work extra hard, in the deeper layers of the skin, to nourish the cells.
- Sun protection is a must, of course. But make it work twice as hard by using a tinted product that gives you a gorgeous, even glow, without wearing make-up.
- Then, when it’s party time, break out a bit of highlighter and a touch of shimmer. It is time to have some fun, after all!
In Part 2, we discuss the professional treatments available to help you achieve or regain radiant skin.
To find out more about getting a radiant, glowing skin, visit Skin Renewal on www.skinrenewal.co.za or contact 0861 SKIN SA (754 672).
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