With only the odd spot here and there, I managed to get through puberty with my skin relatively unscathed. So foolishly I assumed that I’d reached a stage in my life where I didn’t have to worry about impetuous skin. I knew the drill- dry cheeks, shiny nose. Fast-forward the clock X years and I not only have the impending fine lines but I’m suddenly dealing with the unpredictable complexion of a teenager. Great.
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.
I’ve been an passionate wearer of sunscreen for over eight years now; around the same time that I left foggy old London for Dubai’s sunny climes. And not just your standard factor 15; I’m talking full on SPF 50+ come rain or shine. In fact, I don’t even need to be leaving the house to slather on the sun protection.
Despite all the scientific evidence proving that sunblocks actively prevent skin cancer and more importantly, wrinkles and saggy skin (ha!) it’s one of the most ignored products in women’s skincare routines.