10 Super Easy Skin Boosters

Try these 10 Super Easy Skin Boosters for healthy glowing skin year round. 

Soaking up some sunshine and fresh air with my water

1. Drink Up!

Detox your body and skin by Hydrating. You all know you should be drinking at least 8 glasses (2 liters) of water a day but how many of you are? The bonus is not only will it aid in flushing out any toxins but also ensure skin is hydrated, which helps with a more youthful and glowing complexion.

 

2. Don't Forget to Wear SPF Year Round!

I've always worn a moisturizer and/or foundation that has an SPF of 15-30 but that really won't cut it as you need to keep reapplying throughout the day for it to be effective. Since moving to the desert, I've upped my SPF to SPF50 which I apply after my moisturizer and before my foundation.

During the day, you're going to want to keep topping it up for it to be effective but no one wants a gunky build up. There are a couple of options.

Use an SPF30 powder that you can keep lightly dusting on every 2-3 hours.

Peter Roth SPF30 powder for oily problem skin not only protects your skin from the sun, but also mattifies without clogging pores.  It's a wonder product that should always be in your purse!  

Another option is to use a product that you can pat on as the last step in your morning skin care regimen, and/or over makeup during the day. Dior Capture Totale Dreamskin SPF50 not only gives SPF protection but blurs imperfections and helps minimize the visible signs of aging while you're on the go. 

The skin often gets overlooked but it's your body’s largest organ, so keep it protected and cared for and it will thank you. Not only by looking healthy, glowing, hydrated and unburnt but also protecting it from future signs of aging and skin cancer.

3. Exfoliate!

Remember, I just said the skin is the bodies largest organ? Well that means it's also great for eliminating toxins, not just by drinking water and sweating but also exfoliating and dry skin brushing.

To keep pores unclogged, and spots and blackheads at bay, you need to gently exfoliate from head to toe. Choose an exfoliator that's suitable for your skin type; be gentle with your face and be careful not to tug, pull or rub too hard!

I'm in love with Kate Somerville's exfoliating line which includes a daily face wash: Exfolikate Cleanser and Exfolikate intensive weekly treatment which work together to polish skin; revealing a smooth, glowing complexion. 

 

4. Relax!

We all know stress is bad for us and can lead to a number of health problems! One being a negative impact on the skin including breakouts, dullness and sensitivity.

Make time for yourself by going to Yoga, for a massage, or taking a long aromatic bath; don't have time for that? Why not try some simple deep breathing exercises at home. Make time for your family and friends, and try not let work overrule everything in your life.

5. Clean up!

When was the last time you washed your make-up brushes? I'm sooo guilty of not doing this often enough, gross I know! My friends and I always say to each other we're going to do it, and then we'll see each other the next week and still not have done it! So, as soon as I've posted this I'm off to wash my brushes and have a make-up free day.

Experts recommend weekly washing for your daily brushes but realistically every 2 weeks for daily brushes and once a month for less-used brushes is more realistic. Some brushes are easier to clean than others so try cleaning at least your lipstick brush and foundation sponge after every use. You don't have to buy an expensive professional brush cleaner, baby shampoo works great. Even easier, use a spray on cleaner that makes the brushes smell girly and fresh.

Cinema Secrets Professional Brush Cleaner has a yummy vanilla scent.

 

 6. Apply Your Vitamins!

When it comes to taking Vitamins I'm like a kid in a candy store; I can't get enough. Whilst a clean, organic diet is awesome, many foods are not as nutritious as they once were due to over farming, etc plus we put demands on our body that need to be met if we're going to stay well nourished from inside out. Taking daily vitamins has many benefits depending on which ones you take. 

So you've taken your daily vitamins, but have you applied them to your skin for that healthy, glowing complexion? Look for a serum or moisturizer that contains vitamins A, C and E which help to fight off external factors like pollutants, smoke and UV damage as well as the signs of aging. You still need to use an SPF as well. 

I'm all for streamlining skincare for speed and this primer and serum in one is infused with 14 essential oils, 10 plant oils and 4 skin-rejuvenating vitamins: A,B5, C and E to nourish your skin and prepare it for flawless makeup. 

HOURGLASS WOMEN'S N° 28 PRIMER SERUM  

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7. Eat Your Fats!

If you're reading this, you're probably already invested in your health and eat pretty well. Highly processed foods can cause dull and problem skin but low fat diets and unbalanced diets lead to problems too. Make sure you're eating enough 'healthy' fats, not all fats are created equal (especially those man-made; stay clear of those). Choose foods high in essential fatty acids and Omega-3’s and don't be afraid to try 'Superfoods' to add some variety to your diet to avoid sagging, dry skin.

It's easy to add them to whatever you're already eating by throwing some flax seeds in your smoothies/shakes or on your breakfast, eating fish such as fresh salmon a few times a week instead of red meat and using olive oil or flax oil mixed with balsamic as a salad dressing.

8. Watch Your Makeup!

What to avoid:

Silicones: which can dehydrate the skin, clog the pores and contribute to redness, pore scarring, and acne breakouts.

Petrochemicals: Petroleum derived ingredients are pore clogging and can also produce 1,4-dioxane, a carcinogen and neurotoxin.

Perfumes and Colorants: these can be irritating and may increase skin sensitivity. Many of the dyes are pore clogging.

Also on the list: parabens, alcohols, phthalates and acrylics.

 

9. Check Expiration Dates!

Have you checked the expiration date on your cosmetics? Many of us have a drawer full, or bags full of cosmetics that we've accumulated but most of these have use-by dates.

Why not have a make-up clear out, throw out anything out-of-date, if it doesn't have an expiration date here's a good guide (from Seventeen/beauty/tips.com):

   Mascara: 2-3 months

   Foundation: 6-12 months

   Lipstick: 2 years

   Lipgloss: 1 year

   Blush, Powder, Eyeshadow: 2 years

   Nail Polish: 1-2 years

   Lotion: 2 years

Make-up, even if they haven't gone off will have gathered bacteria over-time which can cause skin reactions, conjunctivitis and other infections!

Once you're all cleared out you'll not only feel less cluttered and make everything easier to find, but have room to treat yourself to something new!

 

10. Give Your Skin a Break!

I love my make-up, and as much as I hate going in public without it, I also love giving my skin a break as often as possible. I also never wear make-up to the gym, which is just asking for clogged pores and breakouts.

Try and go a day or two without makeup or at least wash it off as soon as you get home. Use the break as an opportunity to exfoliate, use a face-mask, moisturize and pamper your skin and then leave the skin sans make-up, allowing it to breathe! It's that easy.

Have any of your own skin boosters not been included in '10 Super Easy Skin Boosters'? Share yours with us below and glow on my beauties.