I Will Wear SPF Every Day All Year Round
We may not have the sunniest weather here in the UK, but wearing an SPF is still essential to prevent premature ageing of the skin. In fact, UV rays are believed to be the single largest contributor to skin ageing. Consequences of UV damage include sunspots, spider veins, redness, dry skin and wrinkle formation. Unfortunately, the damage to the ozone layer means that the harmful UVA and UVB rays are penetrating through more easily, and this happens even in winter when the sun isn’t shining. A minimum of SPF 30 should therefore be worn every day of the year to keep your skin looking young and healthy.
I Will Detox my Products
Like food, cosmetics and beauty products have use-by-dates and keeping them beyond this means they won’t be as effective and may even be harmful. Check the packaging and replace anything that has passed its recommended lifespan, this is especially important for face creams and anything that touches your eyes such as eye creams and mascaras. Anything that smells, has separated or changed colour should also go. Don’t forget to regularly wash your make-up brushes as well. Dirty brushes are a breeding ground for bacteria, and you will be spreading these all over your face every time you use them! Ideally they should be washed in warm water with a gentle washing solution every couple of weeks and then left to dry naturally. Facecloths should also be washed daily as these will contain bacteria and fungus, which thrive in damp conditions.
I Will Not Sleep in My Make-Up
One in four women sleep in their make-up, which leads to pores becoming clogged and clogged pores can easily become inflamed causing breakouts. In addition, not washing your face before bed means that bacteria and harmful pollutants will be left on your face overnight. Disposable face wipes are not much better as they will only remove half the dirt, so save these for emergencies only. Instead use either a cleanser or face wash suitable for your skin type and a muslin facecloth, which is excellent for removing dirt and gently exfoliating your skin at the same time. Once your face is clean, run a muslin cloth under very hot water to open up the pores and give your face a mini-steam – it feels extra clean after doing this. Its good to then run your cloth under cold water and gently blot your face to close the pores again.
I Will Exfoliate Regularly
Twice weekly exfoliation is one of the best ways to brighten your complexion, sloughing off dead cells to reveal radiant skin beneath. The top layer of cells of our skin are constantly being shed and replaced by new ones. New skin cells are made at the bottom of the epidermis and travel upwards to replace the old ones, as they are shed from the surface. Exfoliation will speed up this process by getting rid of the old cells, so they can be replaced by brand new ones. Over exfoliation on the other hand is damaging to skin, so choose gentle products with fine exfoliating particles or fruit enzymes if you have sensitive skin, which remove the dead cells by dissolving them.
I Will Update my Make-Up for Spring
Heavy foundations may be useful in winter, but a lighter approach is better for spring, so switching to a tinted moisturiser or BB cream is perfect at this time of year to achieve a more natural look. The ‘barely there’ look is in this season for make-up, but does involve applying make-up cleverly so it looks like you are not wearing any! A light cream blush swept over cheeks will give you that natural rosy glow and highlighting products are also useful for this look. A slick of clear or tinted lip-gloss finishes the look. A spring shade of colour on your nails will give your look an instant boost. Springs hottest shades are neutrals like beige and peach, metallics such as rose gold or silver and pale greens.
I Will Drink More Water
Your skin needs moisture to function properly and to feel and look healthy. In fact, if skin doesn’t get enough water it can produce more oil to try and compensate, which can lead to breakouts. Dehydrated skin also tends to be dull looking and wrinkles appear much worse when the skin is dry. Staying well hydrated helps your skin look radiant, helps prevent acne and helps the body to flush out any toxins. When we drink plenty of water, it also helps the body rid itself of excess sodium and ironically reduces water retention. Fluid retention actually occurs when the body is short on fluids, as it hangs on to the precious water it does have – this can make your skin look puffy and can make you feel bloated. Aim for 1.5-2 litres per day plus plenty of high water fruits and vegetables.
I Will do Daily Facial Massage
Facial massage increases circulation to the skin and stimulates lymphatic drainage to help flush out toxins. This can help reduce puffiness, especially around the eye area. It can also improve skin condition by helping to smooth out fine lines and make skin look tighter. It will ensure your products are absorbed well and penetrate more deeply into your skin. Facial massage is also a great way to de-stress and help you wind down before bed. After cleansing, you can use your usual night cream, a serum or a facial oil to massage into your skin. Be gentle but firm, never pull or stretch the skin and be extra careful around the eye area where skin is delicate. Start with your neck as this is where the lymph nodes are located, so you will encourage lymphatic drainage by massaging here. Next massage your cheeks, around the nose, your forehead and temples, and finish with your eye area. If you don’t have time to do this every day, a few times a week will still give benefits.
I Will Look After My Hair
The condition of our hair has a big impact on how healthy we look and also how old we look. Healthy, shiny hair can take years off your appearance while nothing is more ageing than dull, dry looking hair. Avoiding using harsh chemicals on your hair is important to preserve its natural beauty. Most shampoos contain sulphates to make them lather, but these strip the hair and scalp of the natural oils that keep hair healthy. Instead opt for gentle, sulphate-free shampoos to preserve those protective oils. Avoid washing hair every day if possible, as this will have the same effect. Blow drying is another cause of damage to hair, so if you can allow hair to dry naturally then do, and stay away from straighteners and curling tongs which frazzle hair.
I Will Quit the White Stuff
Sugar is one of the most ageing foods out there. Naturally occurring sugars found fruit are fine, it is the refined, processed sugars that should be avoided found in fizzy drinks and processed foods. Refined sugar raises blood sugar levels, which increases the formation of aptly named AGEs (advanced glycation end products). They are formed in the body when glucose (sugar) reacts with body tissues, including collagen and elastin, causing cells to become stiff, lose elasticity and be more prone to damage and premature ageing. A high sugar diet has also been shown to increase oxidative stress and inflammation, both of which contribute to ageing and disease. In addition, sugar provides no nutrients, just pure energy or ‘empty calories’. Either cut right back or go sugar free if you can.
I will Feed My Skin from the Inside
A diet based on plenty of fruits, vegetables and other plant foods will provide antioxidants to protect your skin against environmental damage. Oily fish provide anti-inflammatory and moisturising omega-3 fats, while nuts, seeds and avocadoes will provide further healthy fats and plenty of skin saviour vitamin E. To give your skin and body an extra boost of nutrients that cannot be obtained from your usual diet, include 1 Beauty & Go beauty drink as part of your skincare regime. Beauty & Go contain collagen and hyaluronic acid to help combat signs of skin ageing, along with MacroAntioxidants which provide extra powerful and longer lasting protection against free radical damage. In addition, each drink contains a specific combination of superfoods, herbal extracts, vitamins and minerals to address your individual skincare requirements.