Research shows that relying on the multitude of whitening products available on the market alone will not make your skin look radiant. Instead, you must develop healthy habits and have good nutrition to enhance the quality of your skin. The 9 steps below, map out a plan for what you should do throughout your day to help your skin attain its natural radiance.
1. Drink water
In the morning, the moment you wake up, drink at least 2 glasses of water. For the rest of day, your aim should be to consume a total of 2 litres of water. Water keeps the skin hydrated, thereby, making it resilient and strong.
Try to undertake some form of exercise every morning. As you inhale, you take in oxygen which boosts your skin’s regeneration. Naturally, exercise increases your oxygen intake and increases blood circulation to your skin.
3. Green tea break
At work, instead of your mid-morning dose of branded coffee, opt for green tea. Antioxidants in green tea protect the skin from damage caused by exposure to ultra-violet rays.
4. Eat right
Throughout the day, limit your intake of food rich in carbohydrates. Opt, instead, for green leafy vegetables (like spinach and lettuce). Fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids and essential oils (like salmon) prevent the skin from becoming dry. For desert, have fruits instead of cake or pastry as fruits contain natural sugars, vitamins and minerals.
5. Reduce your stress levels
As your workday progresses, you are bound to come across situations that cause you stress. Stress is a known cause of acne and other skin-related conditions. Here is an exercise you can do while sitting down at your desk to reduce your stress levels: tilt your head back and place your fingers on two spots, on either side of your neck, at the base of your skull. Press these spots firmly and take 5 deep breaths. Repeat this exercise 8 times and you’ll feel calmer immediately.
6. Drink alcohol in moderation
After work, are you off to the pub to have a drink with your colleagues and relax? Taken in excessive amounts, alcohol leaves your mouth dry and causes your skin to look flushed, blotchy and discoloured. Drink alcohol in moderation.
7. Quit Smoking
If you smoke, stop! Smoking dries your skin, makes it prone to developing wrinkles and deprives it of essential nutrients which help protect the skin from damaging pollutants.
As you prepare for bed, remember to follow the time-honoured routine of women the world over: ‘cleanse-tone-moisturize’. A cleanser gets rid of make-up, dead skin cells, perspiration and dirt. A toner tones your pores. Moisturizer keeps your skin hydrated throughout the night.
After a hard day’s work, sleeping for up to 8 hours a night is, by far, the best thing you can do to develop radiant skin and promote your general well-being.
No doubt, what you do each day, the food you eat and what you drink has a direct effect on the condition of your skin. If you make a little effort, daily, to cultivate good habits, your skin will look radiant and beautiful in no time at all.