If you’re someone who has struggled with problem skin, then you know just how much a breakout can affect your confidence. I for one, have definitely battled with bouts of bad skin and no matter how old I get, I still feel incredibly self-conscious whenever I have a spotty face.
Knowing just how important it was to me to have clear skin for my wedding, I started prepping early and have found a combination of tips and tricks which will hopefully leave you with picture perfect skin too. The key is not to get disheartened if you don’t see results overnight – be persistent because I promise, the perfect solution to your skin woes is out there!
- Clean up your diet – unfortunately the old saying, you are what you eat, could not be more true! Everything we eat and drink has a direct response in our body and if you’re loading up on refined sugars and processed foods, your body is battling from the get go. Try to stick to a diet of lean protein, whole grains, fruit and loads of fresh vegetables. Good fats are also incredibly important for skin health so snack on avocados, raw unsalted nuts and eat oily fish such as salmon regularly.
- Less is more – these days our cupboards are overflowing with skin cleansers, creams, toners, oils, serums…and yet we wonder why our skin is freaking out! Although I must admit I’ve always been relatively low key when it comes to my own beauty regime, it wasn’t until I started having regular facials in the lead up to the wedding that my beauty therapist said something that really clicked. She explained that so many of our beauty products are full of ‘fat’ which, while helping the product to glide onto the skin and absorb, these chemicals also clog our pores and cause breakouts. Instead, try to look for products that are water based and apart from cleansing your face well twice a day, the only other product you really need is a good moisturiser. Bin everything else!
- Stay active – exercise is not only important for a healthy body, it’s vital for good skin too. Exercise stimulates our body to release toxins and while initially you may experience a breakout as your body rids itself of any rubbish, regular exercise will have the opposite effect and leave your skin glowing. Staying active will also help to smooth and tone your skin as it improves skin elasticity.
- Hydrate – while you’ve heard it time and time again, it’s true that staying hydrated is the most important thing you can do for your skin. Water will not only hydrate your body, it helps to flush out any toxins and keep your skin looking crystal clear. Aim for 2-3 litres of water each day and limit alcohol and caffeine as much as possible.