Australia is known for its long summers and mild winters. Sydney has approximately 230 sunny days in total annually! However, that also means that our skin is more exposed to the Sun’s rays and that we need to take extra care of it to keep it nice and glowing. Plus, with all that sunshine, we need to be careful not to over-expose our skin to much sunshine, to keep it young-looking and fresh. For that young look to last, we need to keep our skin healthy, hydrated and refreshed - and here are our top tips on how to do just that!
One of the most important things to do to keep your skin glowing is to keep it moisturized. During the four seasons, the skin produces a different amount of natural oils, so keep that in mind when choosing the right moisturizing cream for your face. Rich moisturizers, something with honey, shea butter, or coconut butter base, are perfect for seasons where the air is dry and less humid. During the season with higher temperatures and high humidity, use a light day cream, and heavier, richer night cream to avoid having a thick film on your face during the day. The other way to keep your skin moisturized is to get hydrated. Drinking a lot of water helps being hydrated, and that makes your skin glow. Drinking water will make your skin look fresh and glowing.
We can’t stress this enough! Get the full eight hours of sleep during the night. If you sleep less, your skin will look pale and pasty, and it will become dull and dry, causing itchiness and breakouts. If you are having difficulties falling asleep, try using lavender. Either make some tea before bed, or use essential oil. If that still didn’t help, and you didn’t quite catch enough sleep, there are some on-the-go tips you can use during your morning routine. Make some chamomile tea and use it on your under-eye region to hydrate the skin and reduce swelling. If you don’t have chamomile on hand, you can use frozen face masks to reduce swelling. A good alternative for a frozen face mask is to put wet cotton wool in the freezer and after five minutes put it on your eyes. Works like a charm!
Instead of buying fruit and veggies from K-Mart and other supermarkets, take the time to go to your local farmer’s market and buy seasonal food. These foods will make your skin happy, healthy-looking and hydrated. For example, pears, apples and cranberries are perfect for moisturizing your skin. Also, Australia’s native Kakadu Plum is so full of vitamins, nutrients and antioxidants that it is effectively used to reduce signs of aging. This fruit will help produce collagen and will make your face naturally plump, so we advise to either eat it or make a face mask from this magical fruit. And beets, carrots and asparagus are naturally rich in vitamin A, which is crucial in skin cell regeneration and can greatly help to prevent wrinkling and appearance of dark spots. However, if you notice any spots that are too stubborn to go away, don’t hesitate to contact a dermatology clinic in Sydney for a check-up. It may be nothing, but better safe than sorry!
Antioxidants are vital for protecting your skin, but also for making it look young! Antioxidants help produce collagen, which is the key ingredient in firmness and elasticity of your skin. Over time and as you get older, your skin will produce less and less collagen, so now is a great time to get the habit of boosting it naturally - it will come handy later on in life. Also, with dry weather approaching, you need to protect your skin from changing weather conditions, and pollution. Antioxidants can be found in green tea, so be sure to regularly make masks that contain green tea. Vitamin C is also a known antioxidant, so be sure to stock up on kale! You’ll need it.
Keeping your skin young and rejuvenated is not hard at all! Just get in the habit of moisturizing it and eating all the good food to help it look even better and have that glow we are all wishing for! Now that you know how to make that possible, grab your bag and go straight to the market to get all the ingredients to keep your skin glowing this season!