6 Basic Tips to Clear, Glowing Skin

1. Staying hydrated

Staying hydrated is essential for our bodies to function properly and to prevent a build-up of toxins in our bodies. We loose water lost through our breath, sweat, urine and bowel movements and need to replenish the water supply in our bodies, by taking about 2-3 liters of fluids daily, adding more if you engage in strenuous, physical activities. A good gauge is your pee being light yellow or colorless. If you find it difficult to force yourself to drink plain old water all the time, there are interesting ways to ensure you’re getting the right amount of water, such as adding a slice of lemon or sprigs of mint to your drink, and infusing warm water in anti-oxidant rich herbal teas.

2. Maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle

Besides maintaining adequate hydration, eating nutritious, whole foods makes our skin healthy, supple and young looking. Vitamins C and E are known skin vitamins that can be found mostly in fresh fruits and vegetables. Keep away from processed or canned foods as they contain are full of unhealthy preservative, lacking in vitamins and chock-full of free radicals, which is harmful to the skin. To top it all, smoking should be totally avoided/stopped, for it is not only hazardous to your health, but also to your skin, as it expedites skin aging and the formation of wrinkles.

3. Exercising

An imbalance in our hormone levels, which often is a result of stress, may cause our skin to behave abnormally. Managing how we react to a situation is thus vital; when we are worried, our bodies produce cortisol, a steroid hormone that triggers acne or melasma. Exercising is a great way to reduce stress, which in turn lowers body’s cortisol production. In addition, exercising helps to release adrenaline, which improves blood circulation, metabolic rates and oxygenation to the skin, hence, aiding the body to heal faster, expel toxins more quickly which helps to improve skin health on the whole.

4. Thoroughly cleansing skin before bedtime

Sleeping without thoroughly cleansing skin or removing makeup, can cause pore blockage, skin irritation, bacterial buildup and coarse skin texture, which can lead to breakouts and premature aging. To prevent collagen breakdown and development of fine lines and wrinkles, use a gentle makeup remover every evening before your regular cleansing regime, preventing skincare products buildup from clogging up skin, and allowing skin to breathe, rest and recharge during the night.

5. Quality Sleep

Sleep deprivation dehydrates our skin, leaving us with dull and sallow looking skin. Irregular sleep patterns can also cause dark circles, puffier eyebags, and worsen pigmentation, so start developing a regular sleeping schedule! Our bodies get into reset mode between 11pm – 3am, repairing and regenerating skin cells. Kick start your regular sleeping habit by avoiding caffeinated beverages after sundown, avoiding any computer or mobile phone interactions at least an hour before bedtime, and instead, try reading a book or practicing deep-breathing.

6. Exfoliating Gently & Regularly

Dead skin cells form during our skin’s 28-day renewal cycle, and they rise up to the surface as a natural skin-protection barrier. However, as this cuticle layer gets thicker, our skin texture appears rough and this make our skintone appear dull and uneven. Exfoliating products containing coarse micro-beads to slough off the dead skin cells, however, can cause micro scarring or skin thinning. This then leads to the rapid break down of skin, and the forming of fine lines and wrinkles. The most effective and gentle method is the use of non-ablative lasers, such as the P+ laser and Radiance Light treatment, which effectively removes the thick layer of dead cells and deeply cleanses skin, without leaving scars or thinning the skin. Doing so 3-7 times a week can make skin glow and visibly improve the coarse texture.

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