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Outside the Box Tips to Improve your Skin

Your skin is the first thing that people notice about you and that is why the correct skincare routine along with other lifestyle choices we make are so important.  A good skincare routine is one that is done consistently over time and doesn’t just include topical products. Think more than just what goes on top of the skin....

1. Mask your skin

Applying a mask 1-3 times per week will help the natural desquamation process and help to remove old skin cells, dirt, oil, and provide hydration and nourishment. 

Depending on what the mask is designed to do, it could help with hydration or clearing the skin. 

Cream masks, sheet masks and powered clay masks to mix yourself are the way to go!

And guess what?  You don’t need to be laying down you can in fact put on a cream mask and do what you need to while you are working from home or doing work around the house.

2. Avoid Constant Sun Exposure
Everyone loves a suntan, but there is no reason to sacrifice your skin on your face or your health in order to achieve it. If you are in a position where you need to be in the sun frequently, make sure to wear sunscreen of at least SPF 30. If you do want to look tan, (let’s be honest, who doesn’t?) find a self-tanning lotion. Before applying the lotion to your entire body, apply it to a small test area just to make sure there is no irritation.

3. Up your Minerals intake with supplements.
Make sure your mineral levels like Magnesium and Zinc intake are adequate, but let’s face it most people are deficient and should be supplementing. If you find your skin is slow to heal, are maybe having some hair loss, your appetite is low, experiencing muscle cramps or pms, then that is your body talking to you and you need to start to listen. Take a supplement once a day to help top up what your skin needs and if you’re not sure check with your Naturopath or Functional GP first.

4. STOP EXFOLIATING! Yes, you read that correctly.. Stop exfoliating on dry, sensitive, impaired skin barriers skins (that will look thin, red, dry, flaky). Give it a break for a month or two but increase how often you are applying masks and nourishing creams and serums and see what happens. If you think you need to exfoliate 1 -3 times a week to get rid of dead skin cells, clear out blackheads and get rid of flaky skin, etc I’m sorry to say the advertising machines of product companies has worked, you just weren’t to know.

5. Be asleep by 10pm
A lack of quality sleep affects the collagen production which then ages your body and contributes to wrinkles and tired looking skin.

While we are sleeping a growth hormone is released which helps repair and rejuvenate the body and skin. The bulk of the growth hormone is released and utilised by the body between 10pm and midnight.

They don’t call it beauty sleep for nothing!