What does summer mean to you? Whilst holidays, sun-soaked beaches, higher hemlines and strappy sandals may rank highly on most people’s lists, when it comes to beauty, the hotter weather can wreak havoc on exposed skin.
We’ve all been there. You feel fine enough but then you catch a glimpse of yourself in the mirror and you see a tired-looking, puffy-eyed stranger staring back at you. Dark under-eye circles are a widespread problem, especially in the Middle East where genetics (yeah, thanks for that, Mama) and hyper pigmentation due to sun exposure are common causes.
Serums, creams and lotions are essential to looking younger for longer. But when it comes to taking care of your skin from the inside, I’m a firm believer in the age old adage “you are what you eat”. Whilst water is key to keeping skin clear, fresh and hydrated, more and more, studies are finding that certain nutrients in foods play a role in maintaining younger more radiant-looking skin.
Whether it’s freezing, sub-zero temperatures or tempestuous sand storms, the elements have been a little crazy of late. And of course such extreme weather conditions wreak havoc on even the most hardy of complexions. I’m a little obsessed with facial masks at the moment and I’ve found that so many brands offer excellent quality options to replenish, moisturise and tone skin.
Despite their recent popularity, there are still plenty of people that are intimidated by face oils. We hear it all the time, “oil on acne-prone skin? Well that just seems like a terrible idea.”
Bananas are a popular healthy addition to any diet and a great choice of post-workout fuel to replenish the body and give you a much needed energy boost. In fact, they’re my absolute most favourite fruit in every form- banana ice cream, banana pudding, muffins, pie- you name it. But who knew the humble banana could also offer so many beauty benefits. Rich in amino acids and antioxidants, everybody’s favourite yellow snack is also a great source of beauty boosting vitamins A, B and C and minerals such as potassium and zinc which can also help to keep skin in top form.