10 ways to cherish the skin you’re in

I’m often asked to share my skincare regimen. Apart from being naturally blessed with good genes (thank you mama) I do take steps to ensure that my skin, especially my face, is at it’s best. Below I’m spilling the beans on the secrets to my healthy, glowing skin. You will see that what I do is nothing extraordinary and you too can easily implement these practices to nourish and cherish the skin you’re in.

1. Boost hydration

By drinking lots of non-caffeinated beverage every day you’ll increase your moisture levels and keep your skin soft, supple and radiant. 

Water is my beverage of choice. Rarely do I drink juice and soda and I limit myself to one to two cups of coffee per day. The recommended water intake is 8 glasses daily. That equates to approximately 2 litres. One way I keep my water intake in check is to use a reusable bottle with measurements. Most bottles measure up to 600ml. I try my best to drink 1,800 to 2,000 ml (i.e. 2 litres) of water per day, so drinking three bottles of 600ml water daily will normally suffice.

2. Stop touching your face

A lot of people have a bad habit of touching their face. If that’s you then you need to stop doing so right now!When you touch your face you are transferring germs from your hands to your face. This is often the source of many people’s skin issues.

I always wash my hands before touching my face excessively. Although sometimes I have to remind myself to not rest my hand on my chin or at the side of my face while I read or ponder I’m usually pretty good at avoiding hand-to-face syndrome. Also when I make or take a call I will either use the speaker phone or headset. If I find that I have no choice but to hold the phone to the side of my face I try my best to limit the time spent on that call. Thinking about all the dirty places I’ve ever had to rest my phone (in the car, on a public desk/table, in my handbag, by the public bathroom sink) and the fact that I don’t clean my phone as regularly as I should, make it easy for me to not want it to touch my face.

3. All washed up

Daily cleansing helps rid the skin of excess oil, unwanted dirt and grime.  Cleansing your skin is a very important part of personal hygiene but, do not overdo it when it comes to your face.  Washing your face more than twice a day can irritate the skin and leave it dry.

The products I currently use to cleanse and moisturise my face.

One of the most important time of day to wash your face and bathe is before going to bed. Think of all the dirt and particles that have landed on your skin throughout the day. Also, it’s important to not sleep in makeup. I try my best to clean my face before bed every night. Occasionally I might be too lazy or tired to do so but, I make sure I do it as soon as I’m awake, even if that’s in the middle of the night. Keeping face wipes on the night stand next to the bed is handy on those nights when I’m too lazy to wash my face.

When cleansing your body be sure to use a gentle scrubber to exfoliate dead skin from the surface. Although the skin on your body is not as delicate as your face, it is still important to use cleansers that are specific for your skin type (normal, oily, or combination).

4. Moisturise, moisturise, moisturise

Apply a moisturiser to your face and lotion to your body in the mornings and again before bed.  Moisturisers hydrate the skin and help replace the natural oils lost throughout the day.

I don’t skimp on moisturisers. I usually add a few drops of baby oil to a lump of lotion and apply it all over, chest to toes (I would also recommend using coconut, jojoba and almond oil). The oil helps,to lock in moisture and keep my skin extra soft. For my face, neck and deccoletage, I use a serum to help lock in moisture. Don’t be afraid to use a generous amount of product if need be. I know it’s easy to think about the price of the products and wanting them to last long but, you’ll be doing yourself a disservice by using too little if your skin truly needs more.

5. Wear sunscreen

It’s the only skin you have so protect the skin you’re in. Many people of darker complexion believe that they do not have to wear sunscreen but its important for all hues. Even on an overcast day you should still apply sunscreen because the sun’s ray’s is just that dangerous!

I never use to incorporate this step in my regimen and honestly, sometimes it can be a chore. However, I’ve come to appreciate how dangerous the sun is on all skin types and have since been making the effort to wear sunscreen especially on my face and even if I will only be outside for a short time period.

6. Cut down on stress

Reading helps to take your mind off your worries and fears.

Reduce stress whenever possible. Some activities that help limit your stress level are yoga, walking, reading, meditating and taking a bubble bath.

One of the things that soothes me is crocheting or knitting (although I don’t get enough down time these days to do either). Another soothing activity is watching tv shows like Wendy Williams or Kelly Clarkson, or catching up with my favourite YouTuber. Whatever helps to de-stress you, do it (once it’s legal, ethical and moral)!

7. Fuel your body

Avocado, romaine lettuce and tomato on whole grain bread is one of many healthy meals you can eat to nourish your body from the inside out.

Just like filling up on H2O, one of the best ways to nourish your skin is from the inside. Pack your diet with fruits and vegetables containing antioxidants. These rejuvenate moisture-depleted skin.

Indulge in lots of green vegetables and fresh fruits but don’t overcook your veggies. Doing so will deplete the nutrients you’re relying on. Some of my favourite fruits and veggies are pears, cherries, mangoes, carrots, kiwis, broccoli, kale, spinach, asparagus and brussel sprouts.

8. Skip the harmful stuff

Limit your coffee intake to one or two cups per day.

Pass on cigarette and harmful drugs, and limit your intake of alcohol and caffeine, all moisture zapping habits. Anything that’s generally not good for your body will not be good for your skin. I don’t think I need to say more.

I drink one to two glasses of wine socially and I do not smoke. Personally, I don’t understand why someone would indulge in such a harmful habit that’s very difficult to kick.

9. Catch some zzz’s

Six to eight hours of sleep per night gives your body a good chance to rejuvenate.

To keep skin in top form, sleep is key. Your body needs sleep to rejuvenate itself, so getting 6 to 8 hours of sleep each night is integral for skin to look it’s best. I understand that our body rejuvenates itself whilst we’re asleep and giving your body a break prevents it from breaking down.

If you find that you’re sleeping less than the recommended timeframe then taking short naps during the day or having one rest day for the week will do you much good.

10. See a professional

Me enjoying a hydrafacial. Sometimes you need that professional touch.

No matter how much you think you know your own skin it does not hurt to enlist the help of a professional esthetician to get your skin to, or keep it at, it’s best state. These highly trained professionals have more knowledge about skin care and can help guide your regimen and suggest the best products to use for your skin type. There are head to toe treatments available. So you can enjoy a good facial or a whole body scrub.

Once per month I treat my face to a hydrafacial. The hydrafacial helps to get rid of any deep rooted impurities accumulated throughout the month. Despite the care I give my face daily, there is no feeling more refreshing and relaxing than being pampered and purged.

I hope these tips help you to truly nourish the skin you’re in.

Leave a comment below if you implement any of these steps or if you’d like to share a step that has worked for you but I haven’t mentioned it.