Welcome back to our second instalment of your bible to glowing skin (if you missed part 1, you can check it out here.). So, without further ado, let’s continue your journey to luminous skin!
Both internally and externally, in the form of drinking more water (ideally six to eight glasses a day) and moisturising the skin, using active skincare prescribed in-salon with quality ingredients and as close to natural ingredients as possible, as research has shown that dehydration decreases the volume of blood flow to the skin. We stock the following products – all packed with natural goodness:
An added benefit to using a moisturising product is that you can also improve the blood flow to your skin while applying it, making sure you stimulate the cells by rubbing in circular motions and/or in gentle, upward strokes. The result? Youthful, elasticized skin.
Know your ingredients
Choose a product with hyaluronic acid as this can hold up to 1000 times its own weight in water, meaning it will help draw moisture into your skin and – more importantly – lock it in. Vitamin A is another great ingredient as it helps to speed up cell turnover, boost collagen production and unblock pores, so look for products that include retinol but always consult your beauty therapist for quality products as not all are created equal! Your doctor can prescribe the highest potency Vitamin A products, however it can carry side effects and may not be suitable, necessary or recommended for everyone. Vitamin E should also be high on the list thanks to its richness in antioxidants, which help to protect the skin from pollution and other environmental aggressors.
As ever, there are a whole host of natural ingredients you should look for – both within various skincare products and as part of a healthy diet:
- Honey. A natural humectant (meaning it helps to draw water to the skin), honey boasts loads of antibacterial properties.
- Avocado. Full of Vitamin E, when applied to the face (as well as eating as part of a healthy balanced diet) this can also help to banish dull skin.
- Blackcurrants. Here’s something you probably don’t know: Blackcurrants – and, in fact, most berries – are packed with four times more Vitamin C than oranges (yes, really!).
- Natural yoghurt. Bursting with natural moisturising goodness.
- Witch hazel. Helps restore the skin’s protective layer.
The best time for cells to repair and regenerate is at night – they don’t call it beauty sleep for nothing! Sleep deprivation is also responsible for lowering circulation – just another good reason to count more sheep than Netflix episodes. You should be aiming for seven to nine hours minimum. If you can go to bed with a face oil, even better!
Stress is a big no-no for your skin. Ever wondered why – in times of panic – people turn white as a ghost? Quite simply, the adrenaline released during these times diverts your blood away from the minor vessels in the skin to provide swift assistance to the major organs in the body. The result? A pale, blood-deprived complexion. Another word on staying cool – keep your showers as cold as you can handle as hot water can strip away moisture and protective oils from the skin.
LED light therapy
Just one session bathing your skin in infra-red light – proudly offered by us – will both hydrate and heal, whilst boosting collagen.
You can read more about the awesome infusion facial in our in-depth blog here, but – in short – it’s packed full of hyaluronic acid, antioxidants and retinaldehyde. Need we say any more?
The great news is that if you follow all these tips, you really won’t need to wear much makeup at all, so let the natural goodness shine through (and save yourself a lot of money in the process!). The makeup you do decide to use should have light-reflecting pigments to help enhance the natural glow you’ve worked so hard to create. We hope this goes without saying, but remember to take your make up off every night, too! We now stock Quoi Mineral Makeup, so if you must wear it – go mineral!
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