Get the glow
MELISSA'S TOP TIPS FOR BRIGHT SKIN, EVEN WHEN SLEEP HAS BEEN SCARCE
Dead surface cells make skin look rough and dry, so exfoliate a few times a week to reveal the new ones underneath. Products using simple ingredients, like raw honey (contains natural glycolic) or mildly granular clays, rice ours or coconut milk powders will slough away dead skin cells without over-drying the skin, and are gentle enough to use frequently.
We lose half a litre of water each day, without taking exercise into consideration. Nutritionist Sandra Greenbank (www.sandragreenbank.com) suggests drinking plenty of healthy uids, like herbal teas and water, to keep skin cells plump and glowing. Dr Prerna recommends including fruits with a highwater content in your diet, such as melon or grapes.
Lock in moisture
Once you’ve hydrated, it’s important to keep your skin that way. A night cream that contains beeswax will help lock-in moisture; also look for skincare ingredients that are naturally high in essential fatty acids and vitamin C, such as hemp oil or Sea Buckthorn. Sandra suggests eating plenty of Vitamin C-rich foods too. “Vitamin C supports collagen formation, as well as functioning as an antioxidant to protect the skin, so include veggies like broccoli, red peppers and spinach in your diet daily,” she advises.
The jury is still out on exactly how effective collagen supplements are. “They may help improve skin health, but not because the collagen is delivered intact to the skin – it will be broken down into amino acids by the process of digestion,” says Sandra.
She recommends eating a complete food, like homemade bone broth, as a reliable source.