A Little Skin Indulgence: Feeling Your Best In Your Own Skin*

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If we are totally our honest, our skin can say a lot about how we feel, don’t you agree? If your skin looks tired and a little grey, perhaps less plumped and radiant as usual, then the chances are you are actually feeling tired and less energetic yourself. If your skin is showing signs of problems like acne, then you could be eating the wrong things, struggling with your diet or generally stressed over something. It says much about our current circumstances in life, and that is because we can often take our eye off the ball with skin care, enabling life factors to take their toll. However, life's stresses will always be sent to test us, and there will always be days that we feel less energetic and more tired, but our skin doesn’t have the give the game away.


You may be wondering how you even go about that? But it is simple, consistency and taking better care of yourself as a whole will have a greater positive impact on your skin condition and your tone. I thought I would share with you some of the ways you can handle things a little better. Some may be obvious, others not so much, but as a whole, these tips should help you gain better control and improve your skin condition.


What you put into your body affects your skin
Have you ever heard the saying what you put into your body is ultimately what you get out of it? There is some truth to that because it can definitely show signs of your lifestyle through your skin. For example, having a weekend where you have been out both Friday and Saturday, perhaps drinking a little too much and not getting enough sleep. Craving junk food and sugar to peak your energy levels, and perhaps gauging on way too many carbohydrates and definitely not drinking as much water as you should be. Come Monday you may feel a little better having gotten over the hangover, but your skin will only begin to start showing the effects through dark circles around your eyes and maybe a few surprise guests in the form of spots. While we all deserve those weekends every now and again, doing this consistently means that is the output you are going to get from your body.


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Drink plenty of water
Water is nature’s natural detox, and it is certainly something we are preached about a lot. It is recommended that we drink two litres of water per day, and while that may sound excessive, it really isn’t that hard to do. Water hydrates your skin and enables new skin cells to form, so it is vital as part of your everyday lifestyle.


Eat the right food
Just like water is important, the diet you have is equally just as vital. Your skin needs essential vitamins and minerals to make sure that it gets what it needs to regenerate. But it can also help with problematic skin, especially if you are prone to spots. Leafy green vegetables are great, and while it’s fine to indulge, just make sure in turn that you are consistent with a well-balanced diet.


Exercise
Exercising is a great way to maintain your skin condition and skin tone, not just in your face, but your entire body. Make sure that you keep up with regular exercise even if it is just walking a few times a week. The difference it can make to your overall lifestyle is amazing.


Sleep
A decent night’s sleep is important for skin. You may not agree, but overnight is when your skin is working the hardest and regenerating. Repairing and replacing lost skin cells. This is why it is always a nice idea to use a specific night cream at night as your skin can absorb the extra hydration.


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How you deal with problematic skin
We can all struggle with problematic skin from time to time. Be that an ongoing thing, spots when we are feeling stressed or rundown or even some of the most common signs of ageing that we all have to look forward to at some stage. However, you don’t need to let these issues take over your life as some can be dealt with very easily.


Eczema or dry, itchy skin
Eczema is a common issue amongst may of us where your skin can become inflamed or irritated. It can appear everywhere or on certain parts of your skin, and it can be quite distressing. Of course, there are specific treatments for eczema you can pick up from your local pharmacy or doctor. Some people more commonly can deal with dry and itchy skin conditions, and this is where you may need to consider other creams or soaps to ensure that you don’t irritate these areas any further. You can buy an emollient for dry, itchy skin that can help to alleviate some of the discomfort caused. Whether it is serious, or minor, you need to ensure that you use products that don’t make the situation worse or cause the areas to become more irritated or painful.


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Wrinkles
The crows feet near your eyes, those frown lines that don’t seem to disappear as fast. Even the lines around your cheeks when you smile. These wrinkles are all signs of aging and can be quite frustrating for some of us who would rather not embrace them as much. Wrinkles are part and parcel of getting older, and while there are many things you can do to freeze those signs of ageing, the most common thing is to remain consistent with your skin care. Thankfully, you can buy some great anti-wrinkle creams and serums that can boost the collagen in your skin to help reduce the signs.


Acne
Acne is most commonly associated with teenagers, but actually, as an adult, your skin can change, and you can suddenly become prone to spots and issues with your skin. It can be quite frustrating, especially when you feel like you are doing everything right. The truth is, remaining consistent with skin care products that are not irritating your skin is vital. However, acne can also be brought on by a hormone imbalance, so it is definitely worth getting checked out by a doctor to ensure there is nothing untoward happening. Other than that you can see a skin specialist who can recommend skin care products that can help with your skin type. Sometimes the flare-ups can be brought on by a product that just isn't suitable for your skin. For example, an oil-based serum when you have oily skin already.


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What you could be doing?
There are, however, things that you can do regularly or daily to help ensure that your skin stays looking youthful and vibrant. Of course, we have covered your lifestyle, which not only has positive effects on your skin but can also impact your life in other ways as well, for example your energy levels increase and you feel good on the inside. But specifically for your skin here are some of the things you can do to ensure that it looks and stays as vibrant as you feel.


A decent and consistent skin care routine
Consistency is key in many factors of your life, and your skin is one of them. Bouncing around from product to product or forgetting to do simple tasks like taking makeup off, or not being consistent with a  routine can all have negative effects on your skin condition. So it’s important to find products that are appropriate to your skin and to be consistent in the routine you have. Often, it is the simplest of routines that provide the best results. Cleansing and moisturising morning and night is a great point to start off with, and it should be easy to stick with.


Exfoliation and face masks
It is also important to do other things that don’t need to happen daily but equally give you similar results. For example, a deep cleaning face mask once a week can be a great way to ensure that you have gotten rid of anything lurking in your pores. However, other masks like a skin plumping or hydrating mask can equally be as rewarding. Exfoliation is something we should do to help our skin regenerate new skin cells. Adding these things into the mix are a great way to keep your skin in tip-top condition.


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DIY remedies
There are some amazing DIY remedies you can try if you like using natural products. Creating face masks from things you have in your fridge or cupboards are a great one. Avocado and coconut oil are amazing for your skin and is definitely something that you should try to include into your routines. There are some amazing ideas on Pinterest of other things you can create like exfoliators made from coffee granules or using other ingredients like honey. It is nice to get experimental with your skin regime, and if it is good for you on the inside, then it is sure to be good for you on the outside.


I hope that this has inspired you to consider your daily skin care and what else you can be doing to improve it.
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*in collaboration with NHS, Allure & Bio-Health 

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