Pack on the SPF, wash off your make up before bed, moisturise and drink all the water.
These are the skin-saving commandments we know we should abide by, even if we don't always follow them as closely as we wish we did.
Here, we've rounded up seven more skin-saving commandments to live by.
#1 Thou shalt eat, not swallow
It's 2018, and by now we know that diet plays a HUGE role in the health of our skin, hair and nails, often more so than the products you use and the vitamin supplements you take. Experts, including women's health experts at Harvard have long said unless there are doctor's orders or a serious deficiency, we should be eating our vitamins instead of swallowing them (in supplement form). It might be a no-brainier, but consider this a reminder to look into what your dietary needs are and adjust your diet accordingly – we promise the results will show in your skin.
#2 Honour thy fatty acids
While most people know essential fatty acids (EFAs), known to most of us as Omega-3 and Omega-6, do wonders for the cardiovascular, reproductive and nervous systems of the body, they also help to repair cells and heal the skin, improve circulation, elasticity and can reduce the onset of skin disorders like acne, redness, psoriasis, dermatitis and eczema. So eat up your leafy greens, avocado, flaxseeds, walnuts and oily fish.
#3 Walk the alkaline path
In her book, The Healthy Skin Diet, nutritionist Karen Fischer advises if you want clear, youthful-looking skin you need to be eating a diet rich in dark green leafy vegetables, chlorophyll, seasonal fruits and nuts, and steering clear of acidic foods like sugar and processed meals. She also points out that too many acids in the body can not only cause acne and skin conditions, but can also cause de-minerisation, which can lead to dry and cracked skin, fingernails and thin, brittle hair.
#4 Thou shalt not over-indulge in products
Don't overload your skin with one thousand different brands and potions, especially if they all include some kind of turbo-charged active ingredient. Depending on what you're using, stacking creams, serums, gels, primers and so on can lead to irritation and actually make some ingredients redundant. We're all for the latest anti-ageing breakthrough, but sometimes it's best to keep it simple.
#5 Thou shalt not worship fake fruits
If you're regularly consuming gimmicky powders or drinks, or just trying to give up confectionary and flavoured lollies, try turning your sweet tooth to nature's super-snacks: berries. Rich in antioxidants, vitamin C and A and low in fat, cholesterol and sodium, berries (including blueberries, blackberries cranberries, mulberries, goji berries) are little powerhouses of skin-enriching goodness. They fight free radicals, help counteract hormonal breakouts and help brighten-up blotchy and damaged skin. They also help curb the 3pm sugar binge...
#6 Thou shalt not over-salt
OK quick draw, put the salt-shaker down. Allow us to list the ways too much sodium/salt may damage your complexion: 1. It's dehydrating. 2. You'll get puffy and bloated. 3. You may develop large bags under your eyes. 4. Your skin will become dry and cracked, OR your body will compensate by producing extra oil and this could lead to breakouts. Capiche?
#7 Thou shalt not stay still
Exercising regularly has so many benefits beyond contributing to the #fitspo feed on social media – it gets the blood pumping and improves circulation and blood flow. In terms of your skin, this helps to carry the oxygen and nutrients around the body, feeding the cells and flushing away toxins and waste that can make complexions appear dull. It also minimises the impact stress can have on our bodies. Win-win.
This story first appeared on ELLE.com.au.
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