Get the glow

MELISSA'S TOP TIPS FOR BRIGHT SKIN, EVEN WHEN SLEEP HAS BEEN SCARCE

In the Moment - - Wellbeing -

Exfoliate

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.

Drink up

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.

Boost col­la­gen

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.

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