1. DIET

Our nutrition levels are very closely linked with our skin health. Our skin is the largest organ of our body, its the last organ to receive nutrients – making it the first organ to show deficiencies. Your skin will let you know if its not happy! Its not just about avoiding foods that aggravate skin conditions, its also about loading your body with good quality and nutrient-dense foods that will support your body & skin functions.

2. SKIN CARE

What we apply to the top of our skin is also very important. We need to protect and feed our skin constantly. We need our skin to be strong so it can do all the things its made to do for us. The enzymes in the skin are the things that do the ‘doing’. Enzymes need water to activate. This means a hydrated skin = a strong and healthy skin. Are your products hydrated and protecting the skin? Or are they stripping and forcefully changing the skin?

3. STRESS

The mind and skin are connected on many different levels. When we are stressed, our body is in constant ‘fight or flight’ mode. It puts pressure on our adrenal glands, creating a hormonal imbalance. It’s definitely not a good thing to be in this state 24/7. This can lead to all sorts of skin conditions and health concerns. Take the time to nurture yourself and I guarantee your body will thank you for it! Sometimes you’ve been so stressed for so long, you don’t realise until you have an ‘unexpected’ break down, or you’re surprised at how amazing & relaxed you feel after a massage, a long catch up with friends or family, time alone etc. You really should learn to read the signs so you can feel like this all the time, and not constantly stress out waiting until your next me-time!

4. SLEEP

Good sleep can make you look younger. When you sleep, your cells and tissues are repairing – the quality of your sleep can determine the quality of this regeneration. Try to go to sleep and wake up at the same times every day (including weekends) to develop a regular sleep-wake rhythm. Avoid stimulation at LEAST an hour before bed, preferably two. (This means caffeine, sugar etc. It also means technology like computers and TV – the light can stimulate your body into thinking its early in the day, confusing your natural sleep cycle). Put a few drops of lavender essential oil on a tissue, and place it on your bed side table. Try deep breathing, or tensing and relaxing different groups of muscles around the body as you’re lying in bed.

5. EXERCISE

Regular exercise is one of the keys to healthy skin. Aside from easing stress, anything that promotes healthy circulation also helps keep your skin healthy and radiant. It doesn’t need to be an extreme workout, even gentle exercise has major benefits. Try swimming, yoga, or walking and breathing fresh air! Another little tip: like the muscles in your body, you can also tone your facial muscles. Cheekbones, brow lifts, neck lifts – doing them often enough can totally make a difference!