In most cases a flawless complexion consists of correcting your diet, lifestyle and skincare. This wouldn’t be an accurate article unless I addressed every aspect.
I am afraid to tell you although you will see improvements by altering one or two of these following chapters, this will not work if you pick and choose.
But I will promise you if you follow my plan entirely then you will find incredible results.
I’m starting with this topic because the number one thing you can do for your skin is limit the toxic substances you use.
Everyone likes a good time including myself but binge drinking and 20 fags a day isn’t doing anyone any favours.
All three of these deplete your skin of anti-oxidant vitamins. Leaving your skin more vulnerable to free- radical damage which is turn reduces the amount of oxygen feeding your skin cells, leaving a grey and lifeless skin and causing slower healing of skin tissue.
One of the very best things you could possibly do for your skin and every skin issue is stop smoking, drinking and whatever else you might like to have a good time on.
That being said if you feel this is not an option I strongly advise you to cut down. Drink Red wine over beers and ciders, mix spirits with freshly squeezed juices or tonic over sugary or artificial mixers.
What you put into your body has the utmost
effect on it. You are what you eat after all, and if you think that sounds silly let me tell you a little fact about how your body is designed.
Your body is under constant renewal. Every part of your body is made up from cells, your hair, skin, muscles, heart, lungs the lot. These cells get old and new cells take their place. We start ageing because the new cells learn from the old cells and a little detail may get lost on the way. The new cells are fed and nurtured from your blood and your blood is pumped of goodness from your food.
One of the things you may have heard is how drastic diets made a persons hair thin or fall out, or nails get weak and stop growing.
This is because the body of someone who hasn’t eaten enough can’t make new cells efficiently.
So diet makes a huge impact on your skin, but what is a good diet for clear skin?
Clean wholesome food, including whole foods in their most natural state and limiting anything processed:
- Fresh farm eggs
- Fresh fruits and vegetables
- Nuts, legumes and pulses
- Unrefined grains like whole wheat bread, pasta, steel cut oats, quinoa and brown rice
- Unprocessed meat
- Hormone free dairy
Organic food where possible to avoid consuming added hormones and chemicals
Food to avoid are any foods that have been changed from their natural state
- White bread, pasta and rice
- Packaged foods where you can’t understand the ingredient list
- White sugar
- Processed foods, artificial ingredients of any sort
This isn’t a list to make your life hard and boring. Sugar and processed food play havoc with your natural hormones and add to any imbalance you may already have, I will go into hormones later
Your body is made up primarily of water, our cells are nice, juicy and plump with water so it is crucial you drink lots of clean fresh pure water to assist them.
Think of your cells in your skin like a collection teeny bouncy balls all in rows and layered row on row. Old cells die off and the next layer move up rank getting harder and changing shape.
The top level consists of 25-30 layers of dead skin cells.
The middle level contains all those little sweat glands and hair follicles.
The lower levels contain blood vessels and fatty tissue
These individual cells have a coating called a Membrane that keeps the inside and the outside separate. Water moves in and out this membrane in lipid form containing dissolved minerals and feeding the cell.
So without enough water your skin will end up dry and undernourished, oil will over compensate with blockages, blackheads and acne worsening.
But how much water is enough?
As a guide you should drink a full glass on waking up, one before every meal, and one before bed then as and when in between. When you are thirsty you are already dehydrated so learn from this and drink before it happens. The colour of your urine should be pale yellow on first morning wee and clear after that.
Remember you can always include herbal teas and infused waters if you find drinking plain water hard work.
I am not a doctor and I have no medical training but let me tell you what I do know.
Hormones are your best friend or worst enemy when it comes to unblemished skin and someone with a hormone imbalance will have a losing battle for a good clear complexion.
I’ve had clients for a range of amazing skin treatments and had strictly followed correct aftercare but had seen only slight improvement until they had changed their method of contraception or obtained medical help for an underlying medical condition such as poly-cystic ovaries or endometriosis.
I myself suffered with excess oily skin and congestion due to a hormonal coil.
Here are some symptoms of a possible hormone imbalance in which it could be worth checking out with your Doctor:
- Hot Flashes & Night Sweats
- Weight Gain
- Mood Swings
- Low Libido
- Vaginal Dryness
- Foggy Memory
- Excessive Body Hair
- Hair Loss
A good skincare routine is essential for clear skin. You must keep your skin clean and use effective products which will prevent breakouts, heal scars and de-congest blocked pores.
Rules for Clear Skin
- Never touch your face unless you have washed your hands.
- Never sleep or work-out wearing Makeup.
- Picking spots is a big No No.
- Wash your face last in the shower (hair conditioner especially will leave a film over your forehead and hairline which can clog your skin).
- Only use a clean face cloth and towel for your face.
- Wash your skin with a gentle foaming facial cleanser (I like this one)
- I strongly advise using a Clarasonic cleansing brush. This has made a massive difference to my skin. Be gentle with it though and glide it over your skin rather than scrub.
- Rinse well, pat dry and then apply an eye cream and facial moisturiser. I have two moisturisers that I favour for hydrating without leaving a greasy film, this Decleor fluid and this Olay lightweight Fluid
- Remove all your makeup and cleanse the day away with Coconut oil . Wash your hands and then on dry skin massage a good dollop of pure coconut oil into your skin, wet a clean wash cloth with quite hot water, squeeze excess water and then wipe away the oil. This can be repeated if you are wearing heavy makeup. You can choose to remove any eye makeup first but I tend to use this method for my eyes too. (Here’s my tutorial)
- Apply Rosewater on a cotton pad to tone, I like Rosewater because it’s very soothing.
- While your skin is still damp from the Rosewater, apply 2 drops of essential oil mixture* and massage into your skin, avoiding eyes.
* I have developed an amazing potion for decongesting, healing and rebalancing skin. You can blend it your self at home in a clean sterile glass bottle and it will last a good while.
- Jojoba oil 10ml
- Lemon essential oil 4 drops
- Grapefruit essential oil 4 drops
- Frankincense essential oil 4 drops
Check out my video
(I like using Young Living oils because they are the purest I have found and very good quality. You can find out about the company here)
With this routine you really have no reason to exfoliate weekly if you are using the Clarasonic Cleansing Brush. However a clay style mask like this is a nice little extra to help draw out or dry up any blemishes they may have surfaced. The mask is better to use after cleansing in the evening before toning with Rosewater.
Here are a list of professional treatments that you may find useful in a beauty salon or dermatology office
- Glycolic Acid Peels
- LED Light Therapy
Please feel free to message me on here or privately for any more advise.
I am always here to help