With so many amazing skin care products and advice about how to achieve and maintain beautiful skin, it can be quite confusing to figure out what’s best for your skin. We have put together 5 simple steps.
Step 1. Understand your skin.
This means learning what skin type you have, oily, dry, normal and what skin concerns you may need to focus on, acne, pigmentation, dryness etc.
Once you know what you’re dealing with you can then decide what your objectives are in terms how you want your skin to look and feel and what you need to do and use to get there.
Step 2. Eat well
Different foods have different effects on the skin. For example, food with a high glycemic index should be avoided to reduce acne. Foods like; refined grains, sugary cereals, chips, cookies and white bread. Glycemic Index (GI) is the numerical value given to how drastically the food makes your blood sugar rise.
You may want to consider passing on the Friday night fried Fish and Chips dinner if you have oily skin. This is quite literally a case of ‘you are what you eat’. The high amount of oil in this delicious fried favourite (and any fried favourite) unfortunately, can lead to excess oil production in your skin. Having said that, here at John Essa Cosmetics, we’re big fans of ‘Everything in Moderation’ so, maybe once-in-a-while is ok for your fave fried takeaway meal!
Now, lets talk about what foods are good for your skin. Of course, there’s the obvious, lots of fruit and vegetables – the greener the better! And then there’s making sure you get your vitamins especially C which can be found in blackcurrants, blueberries, broccoli, guava, kiwi fruits, oranges, papaya, strawberries and sweet potatoes and Vitamin E which comes from foods like almonds, avocado, hazelnuts, pine nuts and sunflower and corn oils. If you’re unsure how to fit fruit and vegetables into your diet, consult your GP.
Oh and let’s talk about the benefits of the vitamins! Vitamin C supports the immune system, promotes radiant skin and helps blemishes heal properly whilst Vitamin E protects skin from cell damage and promotes healthy skin regeneration.
Step 3. Drink Well
Water, water, water and more water. Drinking 8 glasses per day helps keep your skin hydrated and looking smooth and youthful!! Here are some tips on how to ensure you’re drinking enough water.
- Grab a bottle with measurement indicators that show you where you’re up to in getting your 8 cups in
- Set a reminder on your phone to have a glass every hour or two or there a few clever apps available to download as well!
- Drink a glass of water as soon as you wake up and before you go to bed.
Press snooze on the booze.
The sugar load of many alcoholic drinks is quite high, can result in skin inflammation, redness, irritation and sometimes even acne. Too much alcohol can also deprive skin of vitamins and effect the body’s ability to produce collagen and even cause permanent fine lines, bloating and dullness. As we’ve said before, everything in moderation is ok but consider the risks to your body and skin when choosing your bevvy and educate yourself on which drinks are lower in alcohol.
Step 4. Protect yourself
One of the most damaging natural elements to our skin is the Sun. Protecting yourself against the Sun’s powerful rays by wearing clothes that cover you and a hat, as well as sun screen (some makeup and daily moisturisers include SPF protection) will help reduce the risk of any nasty effects on your skin like pigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles and most importantly, Cancer.
Step 5. Perfect your skin care regime
Having the right skin care routine inclusive of the right products for your skin type and concerns is essential to maintaining beautiful skin. Make sure you have a great cleanser, toner, exfoliant, masks, serums, moisturiser and eye cream included in your routine. Do your research about which products are suitable for your and don’t forget to review what your regime, especially when there’s a change of season.
You can find all your skin care needs on our website conveniently categorised by brand, product type, skin type and skin concern plus more blogs about all things skin care! https://www.johnessacosmetics.com.au/.