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8 Steps to Glowing Skin

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Achieving glowing skin can be perceived as an unachievable goal for some people, but should that be the attitude we continue to adopt? No way!

Following a survey conducted by Boots No 7, they discovered that 87% of British women are confused about which skin care products to choose.

So if only 1 in 10 women know what to pick for themselves that is a LOT of confused women!

87% of British women are confused about which skin care products to choose

Boots No 7 Survey

There are ways we can all achieve a brighter complexion, that smoother appearance is achievable.

1. Cleansing, Toning and Moisturising…

It can feel like another hassle, something else to do within our busy lives but by making time to wash, tone and moisturise your skin thoroughly, you are investing in it for the years to come.

2. Avoid face wipes at all cost!

Face wipes can be very convenient, especially at the end of a long day. But they can really compromise your skin and undo all your hard work getting your skin into tip top condition.

Each brand contain different ingredients but they all essentially strip your skin of their essential oils making it vulnerable to environmental irritants. Fragrances within the wipes can be irritating too especially for sensitive skins, with skin becoming more prone to breakouts and or dryness.

Cleansing your face with a face wipe is not thorough enough and will leave a lot of dirt and make up from the day on your skin.

Stick with your daily regimen and your skin will keep its healthy glow.

3. SPF's are life!

We all are pretty much aware of the need to wear a sunscreen everyday of our lives, to help combat the effects of UV rays on our skin.This is THE most important factor to consider in your morning routine.Cleanse, tone, moisturise, SPF. No need to look out the window to see if it's sunny, SPF is needed even on cloudy days.

But not all SPFs are created equal! What? It's true.

It's essential to choose a broad-spectrum SPF over factor 30 which will protect the skin against both UVA and UVB rays. Always check the label.

Mineral based SPF that contain Zinc Oxide or Titanium Dioxide scatter and reflect the UV rays back off the skin.

Traditional sunscreens tend to absorb and dissipate the rays. Chose an SPF that will bounce the rays back off your skin.

UVA rays are the rays that penetrate deep into the skin and cause premature ageing (photodamage). The UVB rays are the rays that cause sun burn and affect the surface of the skin. It plays a key role in development of skin cancers.

Technology such as smart phones, tablets and laptop screens that emit blue light (HEV rays) is also UVB light. 

That's right your smart phone is ageing your skin too!

4. Retinol, Retin-A, Retinoid

Retinols are derived from Vitamin A. Retinols are a fabulous way of helping the skin to regenerate at the deep layers of your skin, improving cell renewal and function.If you are not using a retinol in some form you are missing out on a big hitting player in your skin routine.

Retinol and Retin-A are both types of Retinoids.

Retinol can be bought over the counter while Retin-A is a more potent concentration and requires a prescription. All work the same but retinols will take longer to achieve the same effect as Retin-As.

Retinoids can be misunderstood and for this reason put people off trying them, but retinoids can be used with all skin types with the exception of very sensitive skins, and specific concerns such as rosacea, eczema and not to be used when pregnant.

Time should be taken with retinoids to build up tolerance to prevent skin sensitivities. When using retinoids it is also essential to use SPF during the day as they can make skin more sensitive to the sun and potential sun damage.

Retinoids can help anti-ageing concerns, uneven skin tone, dryness, prevent breakouts, help with blocked pores and minimise pore appearance, reduce post-inflammatory pigmentation from healing blemishes.

In essence, they help improve acne, brighten complexion and help with more youthful looking glowing skin.

5. Vitamin C

Vitamin C is an antioxidant that the body uses to fight free radicals that damage the body. Topical Vitamin C applied as a serum to the skin is both an excellent antioxidant but also a great exfoliator which will stimulate brightness, removing the dead surface skin letting the new skin through. Applying a Vitamin C serum to the skin in the morning before your moisturiser and SPF will allow it to penetrate into the skin all day, helping it protect you against daily pollutants, and sun damage.

6. Make up

Again, make up is so important for glowing skin.Choose the right products for your skin type to keep you looking peachy and glowing.

Keeping brushes and applicators clean is also a must to keep harmful bacteria at a minimum.Wash through brushes with a mild shampoo and let them air dry on a regular basis- your skin will thank you!

7. Eye Creams

The area around the eye is the thinnest on the face, making it prone to fine lines, and loss of facial volume over time can be seen here before other areas.

Special care is needed around the eyes and using a specifically formulated eye cream can be one of the easiest ways to nourish and hydrate the area. If skin is dry the fine lines can look more prominent than they really are.  A good quality eye cream is an investment in yourself.

8. Water, water, everywhere…

Drinking water is a no brainer as it not only benefits the whole body it benefits the skin too. A hydrated body is a healthy body. We are after all 75% water. Try to drink at least 8 glasses of water per day to keep yourself topped up.

Making some of these steps can help to improve overall skin health improvements towards your glowing, radiant self.


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Guest - LoyiseLouise on Friday, 02 February 2018 16:51

Excellent advice!

Excellent advice!
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