by Michelle Whittle | Spa therapist
The trick to creating simple habits for healthier skin is to start them early. But of course, it’s never too late to start. We all know that a good skin care regime involves good quality skin care products and tailored skin treatments. Yet it is so easy to overlook simple actions that we take each and every day. It is consistency that will make all the difference to your skins health. Here, I have listed some of the simplest habits that you can try and adapt into your daily routine. See how it helps your skin glow and feel alive.
I know, you’ve heard this one before and you’re about to hear it again. Healthy skin NEEDS water! Drink at least 2 litres of water a day. Your body, mind and skin will thank you for it. It’s the most basic habit but for some it can be the most difficult (yep, my hand is up here). Try keeping a water bottle by your side, or a water jug in eye view. Don’t like the taste of water? try some adding some slices of fruit or fresh herbs that will infuse a subtle flavour.
Start your day with a facial cleanse to freshen up the skin. Finish your day with a double facial cleanse. This will not only remove makeup but also harmful bacteria and impurities that build up on your skin throughout the day. A good cleanse is also important in creating a fresh blank canvas for the thorough absorption of any other skin care products. The cleanser you use is vital to your skin health also, so don’t be tempted to reach for the bar of soap! If you are unsure on what cleanser is best for skin type, your therapist will be able to assist you. We love Ikou Recovery Face Cleansing Creme.
I have three letters for you: S-P-F. SPF everyday be it summer or winter, rain, hail or shine. Exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays can be detrimental to your skin’s health causing fine lines, pigmentation, age spots, benign growths and skin cancer. There are two different types of sunscreen; physical sunscreen and chemical sunscreen. Physical sunscreens contain specific minerals that reflect the UV rays away from the skin where as chemical sunscreens contain chemicals that absorb UV rays before they penetrate through the skin. Both types are wonderfully effective and should be chosen according to your skin type and the personal convenience of application. After all, the best sunscreen is the one you actually wear! We love the IKOU Phyto+Antioxidant Day Crème. This contains the natural SPF Raspberry seed leaf. If you are spending prolonged time in the sun always up the ante with further sun protection such as a hat, umbrella or staying in the shade where possible.
One of the seemingly easiest things we can do for our skin is ensure that we are getting enough sleep. During sleep the skin has a chance to rest and repair itself so aim for at least the recommended 7-9 hours per night to help achieve a fresher complexion. Try switching up your cotton pillowcase for a silk pillowcase. Silk is a soft fabric and is much gentler on the skin than other linen fabrics. Silk is also non-absorbent so it won’t draw moisture from the skin nor will it absorb the skin care products you applied before bed. If you suffer from breakouts, congestion or acne, try changing your pillowcase more frequently. Oils, dirt, sweat and bacteria build up on your pillowcase and undo all that hard work you did cleansing. Try for one side one night, flip your pillow the next, then a fresh pillowcase for the third night.