With the changing season, it is a good idea to think about adjusting your routine to keep your skin happy and glowing.
Here are 5 of our favourite tips to get your skin glowing for spring.
1. Omega 3's
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The healthy fats found in Omega 3's act as a barrier for the skin, locking in moisture and protecting it from irritation caused by dry climate.
Omega 3's are not naturally produced in the body, so we must rely on external sources (such as food or supplements) to reap the benefits, such as skin hydration, and anti-inflammatory properties.
Some example of foods high in Omega 3's:
- Fatty fish such as salmon, mackerel and herring
- Flaxseeds, walnuts and soybeans
- Flaxseed oil
Get your beauty sleep!
Poor sleep can lead to increased cortisol levels in the body triggering inflammation. This causes the proteins in the skin that are responsible for keeping skin radiant and smooth to breakdown. When fatigued, the blood in your body does not flow efficiently. This can result in a lack of oxygen in the blood and causes your skin to appear colourless, pigmented, or spotted. To top it off, your body’s hydration rebalances and recovers extra moisture while you are asleep, making sleep important for skin hydration and moisture levels.
Gentle exfoliation is important for great skin. Stay clear of harsh and abrasive scrubs.
When you remove damaged cells from the surface of your skin, you stimulate the formation of new, healthy skin cells. Bacteria buildup and breakouts are reduced and barrier functions are improved. Exfoliation not only removes dead skin cells, it also helps reduce skin discolouration, bacteria buildup, and helps your skin absorb moisturizer more effectively.
- Be Gentle - Gently rub the exfoliant into your skin, rubbing too hard can cause topical skin damage.
- Choose a good exfoliant
Physical Exfoliators: Stay away from exfoliators that contain microbeads, the microbeads are plastic and non-biodegradable and damage marine life. You also want to stay away from exfoliators that have large particles and hard edges as this can cause scratches on your face. Instead, look for an exfoliator that contain fine grains, such as a gentle jojoba bead or coffee scrub.
Chemical Exfoliators: Don't be scared away by the word "chemical". Chemical exfoliants contain AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acids) or BHA (Beta Hydroxy Acids) that help remove dead skin cells and regenerate new cells. Rather than scrubbing away dead skin cells like a physical exfoliator does, a chemical exfoliator works more like a peel.
- Start slowly - Once you have picked your exfoliator, exfoliate once a week to see how your skin reacts. Once you have found an exfoliator that works for you, you can increase to exfoliating 2-3 times a week but remember not to over exfoliate as this can damage your skin.
4. Hydration & Collagen
Drinking water and staying hydrated is key for healthy skin.
Drinking water helps detoxify the skin. When the body is dehydrated blood can pull moisture from the skin cells, causing dry skin and reduced elasticity.
Pro-tip: Add a scoop (5 grams) of a premium-select grade marine collagen such as, withinUs TruMarine™ Collagen to your lemon water for an extra skin boost. Ultra-Pure withinUs TruMarine™ Collagen is clinically proven to help replenish collagen levels in the body increasing skin hydration, elasticity, and overall complexion, all while reducing fine lines and wrinkles.
Antioxidants are nutrients that can help prevent and repair damaged body tissue. They do this by preventing or slowing, the effect of free radicals that can come from pollutants including car exhaust, cigarette smoke, and alcohol consumption.
Antioxidants are commonly found in fresh fruits and vegetables, but this doesn’t mean that all sources are created equal. withinUs TruOrganic™ Matcha has 5 times the amount of antioxidants of any other plant-based source.
What are some of your favourite skincare tips?