There is nothing worse than looking in the mirror and seeing skin blemishes or tired eyes in your reflection. Given the fast pace of expat life, combined with the stresses and strains of being a parent or having a job, it is not surprising that we might look a bit run down from time to time. The good news is that your skin does not have to suffer. Below we have put together some of the best feel-good skincare tips, to help ensure your skin not only looks great but is healthy too.
Get the basics right
Get enough sleep – Let’s start with the most important tip of them all: getting six to eight hours sleep per night. After all, if you feel tired, you are going to look tired, and those pesky under eye bags won’t go away. Sleep offers better results than any type of face cream money can buy. If you struggle to get to sleep, try listening to sounds of the ocean or other relaxing music. You should also avoid using electronics before bed, as the blue light can make it difficult for you to enjoy a restful slumber.
Get hydrated – You don’t need us to tell you that drinking water is important for your health. However, did you know it also helps to hydrate the skin, leaving it feeling smooth and soft? As a general rule you should aim to drink six to eight glasses of water a day. If you want a bit of variation, try coconut water instead; not only is it naturally sweet, but it is filled to the brim with nutrients.
Exercise – Now you have another reason to stop skipping that spin class: exercising is great for the skin. Not only will you get a good workout, but exercise also delivers nutrients and oxygen to the skin. Of course, you don’t need to go to the gym if you that’s not your style. There are plenty of other fun ways to exercise - why not try that dance class or go for a scenic hike?
Wear sunscreen – We know you’ve heard it before, but wearing sunscreen is key to protecting your skin today and keeping it healthy in the long run. This is particularly true if you are living as an expat in sunnier climes, but even in cold weather the sun can damage your skin through UV rays. Make sure you use sunscreen regularly to help prevent sunburn, wrinkles, and even skin cancer. Oh and avoid tanning beds like the plague!
Your morning routine
Take a warm shower – If you are feeling slightly more stressed than usual, give yourself an extra five minutes in the shower. Not only will this help you to relax, but a warm shower will open up your pores, making it the best time to wash and cleanse your face.
Exfoliate – A good scrub-down is the perfect way to brighten up your complexion and stop it from looking dull. Choose a face scrub that has round beads, as they will help to remove dead skin cells, leaving you with radiant skin underneath. However be careful not to exfoliate too much, as it can cause irritation - stick to once every two weeks.
Massage in your moisturiser – Don’t dab on your face cream. Instead, you should gently massage the cream into your skin in a circular motion to ensure it is properly absorbed. This motion will also kick your circulation into high gear, helping to give you that natural glow. You should adopt this approach when you use face wash too.
Give yourself a facial – You don’t need to spend a fortune to have a facial. In fact, you can even make your own from the numerous recipes available on the Internet. That way you can also ensure you use only natural ingredients, which can be much better for your skin than some of the facial products available in-store.
Use a pore strip – To help keep your face blackhead free, it is a good idea to use a pore strip on your face at least once a week. This is especially important if you have open pores that seem to trap a lot of dirt, or live in a hot and humid climate.
Mist yourself – Mists have become very popular over the past few years, and it is not difficult to see why. Not only do they keep your skin moisturised throughout the day, but mists feel great on your skin and don’t mess up your makeup either.
You are what you eat
Snack on almonds – Almonds are delicious, and a great source of vitamin E and omega-3s which help keep your skin cells healthy and plump. Try this healthy snack to get super skin!
Have a cup of green tea – There are many health benefits associated with drinking green tea, including the fact that it will do wonders for your complexion and can even help with anti-ageing. Why not try it with some of those almonds?
Eat dark chocolate – You may have read a number of articles that tell you to stop eating chocolate in order to prevent acne. However, the good news is there is no scientific research to back this up! In fact, eating dark chocolate can actually be beneficial as it is filled with antioxidants that help to protect your skin. That’s one more great reason to indulge a little, although of course, everything should be enjoyed in moderation!
Snack on citrus fruit – Last but not least, citrus fruits are great for the skin. Foods that are rich in Vitamin C like oranges have been known to help prevent wrinkles. Lemons are also beneficial for your kidneys and liver, and there is plenty of evidence to suggest that healthy organs mean healthier skin.