A lot of my friends ask me which foundation I use. And of course I have a favorite (which is another blog post for another day) because the most important thing to know is that the better your skin condition the better the foundation will look (and actually you will find less need for said foundation). So first things first – here are my top tips for getting happy and healthy skin (and that coveted natural radiant glow):
1. Get your beauty sleep.
Whoever coined the phrase wasn’t kidding. 8 hours is optimum and will leave your skin looking youthful and feeling refreshed.
2. Stress less, man.
Chill out. Relax. Take a deep breath and let it all out. When I’m stressed my skin gets super itchy and dry! Do yoga. Take a walk outside. Join a hippie commune, walk around barefoot and listen to Bob Marley. Whatever it takes.
Naturally beautiful skin needs moisture from the inside out. Ditch that can of diet coke for good old H20. If there’s one thing I’ve learnt about you Brits it’s that you love a drink. As in the alcoholic kind. Hell, what am I saying…so do the kiwis…and the Aussies…well, I guess we all do. But alcohol SERIOUSLY dehydrates your skin (not to mention all the calories…). If you possibly can then cut back on the booze. Or if you really want to see results then cut it out altogether. Old habits die-hard and it is not uncommon for most people to grab a coffee on the way to the office and this is their first drink of the day – a massive skin dehydrator! Start every day with a glass of warm water and a squeeze of lemon. You’ll see the difference within days. Promise.
4. (Girl look at that body)……I workout.
Think about that natural glow you get after a good old-fashioned cardio blitz. There really is no natural complexion booster quite like exercise, so get moving! Your skin (and your heart) will thank you.
5. You are what you eat. Go organic.
GO NATURAL. Eat real food made by YOU. And where possible make it organic. A lot of veggies and meat are loaded with antibiotics and other nasties – and chemicals either on your skin or in your body are not good for anybody! A diet full of refined flour, sugar and processed foods will give you an uneven skin tone, breakouts and general lack of brightness. By eating good, healthy, natural food you are literally feeding your skin the nutrients it needs to shine-like-a-diamond as Rihanna would say. ADIOS processed sugar and sodium-laden food. HOLA leafy greens, fresh fruit and veg and whole grains. Comprende?
6. SPF baby.
Prolonged exposure to the sun can cause skin damage AND cancer AND forgoing sunscreen also causes the fine lines and other signs of ageing that can really hinder your natural glow. In NZ the sun is super-harsh and people wouldn’t dream of leaving the house without sunscreen. I was shocked to get to London and discover most people don’t think this is a NECESSITY. Furthermore most beauty brands make life so simple for us gals (and guys!) by whacking it straight there into our moisturiser. If your moisturiser doesn’t contain SPF then change it today. Or now. Go on. I’ll wait here.
Did you understand that? It means LESS IS MORE in Chinese. If you don’t understand what something is or means then why would you liberally pour it all over your skin? Always check the list of ingredients on the back. If the list is full of words you’ve never heard of, choose something else that has fewer ingredients. The less that goes into making the product, the less chance there will be for irritation. Skin can’t be naturally beautiful when it’s fighting redness or irritation from unnatural substances. Trust the allergy girl on this one.
Regular ex-foliation sloughs away dead skin cells and unclogs pores to reveal fresher, brighter skin. Choose a natural product (I love Liz Earle’s Gentle Face Exfoliator, but be careful to choose one that is right for your skin type)
Have an M-F-D! A phrase coined by my sister. A concept you should definitely live by! At LEAST once a week try to have a MAKEUP FREE DAY. Let your skin breathe and get some fresh air on it. It’s ironic that we use makeup to cover up pimples, marks or blemishes, but in actual fact these products may be clogging your pores and making things worse! A lot of companies use harsh chemicals that get absorbed into your body and irritate your skin. What’s more going makeup free can make you look more natural, younger and yup, you got it…more beautiful.
10. Serum Supreme.
In case you didn’t get the global memo serums are the new essential. Don’t worry – I can catch you up quick on this one.
Why: Here to tackle acne, sun spots etc
How: Unlike a moisturiser, which sits on the top to comfort and protect against the elements serums are much finer in texture and your skin will literally drink it.
My favourite is Dr. Hauschka Regenerating Serum. It refines the texture of the skin, smoothing fine lines and wrinkles and balancing skin’s moisture levels using delicious ingredients like Quince seed extract, which hydrates the skin and Kalanchoe and organic clover blossom honey extracts which revitalize while supporting skin renewal.
So there you have it. My big secret. Which is now no longer a secret. Go forth and be radiant.