It’s the question that keeps dermatologists and skincare professionals awake at night: what’s the secret to truly natural, flawless skin? Despite what many people in the skincare industry would like to believe, there isn’t just one way to achieve immaculate skin.
Achieving flawless skin requires a multi-faceted approach, and today the Edinburgh-based massage specialists at Zen Lifestyle are bringing us their ‘5 Ways to Achieve Naturally Flawless Skin’.
Get your beauty sleep
This one goes without saying; if you’ve ever woken up after a measly 4-hour rest and gazed into the mirror, you will know that ‘beauty sleep’ really does mean beauty sleep. Not only will a good night’s rest revitalise your energy levels, but sleeping is proven to counteract stress, something the American Academy of Dermatology suggests might lead to clearer skin in the long run. Make sure you get a minimum of 6 hours (preferably 8) each night to keep those stress levels down and your skin looking fresh.
Protect yourself from the sun
Perhaps the most overlooked aspect of a sound skin care routine, managing the sun’s harsh UV radiation plays a vital role in maintaining healthy skin and preventing ageing. As experts warn, and as Hugh Jackman’s ongoing battle with cancer proves, keeping your skin protected from the sun is serious business. While reducing the risk of life-threatening illnesses should be enough to encourage the use of sunscreen, experts have also declared that the sun is one of the major factors contributing to ageing skin - so make the time to use sunscreen and avoid overexposure to keep your skin looking its age.
As we mentioned earlier, stress can contribute to skin problems. We recommend treating yourself to a massage or a facial once a month, to prevent stress and keep your skin looking fresh. The benefits of facial treatments are also well documented, as giving your skin a deep cleanse will remove any dirt and pollution trapped in your pores - as well as removing excess sebum and dead skin.
Know your skin
We’re all unique, and that means our skin is different, too. Knowing your skin should be the first step towards finding out what it needs and which products to buy in order to achieve flawless skin. Once you know your skin type, you can set about finding the right products for you. Knowing your skin type is crucial to a solid skincare routine, as, without it, you might be doing more harm than good. Build your product collection around your skin type to return the best results and contribute to a glowing complexion.
Watch what you eat
You can spend months on end following the same skincare routine: buying the best products, drinking water and getting 6 or more hours of sleep, but unless you watch what you put inside your body and not just the products you apply on your skin, you’ll be unlikely to see many results. Some experts suggest cutting out sugar and dairy completely for the best skin results, while we would recommend eating certain foods in moderation. Eat a range of fruits, vegetables and proteins to keep your skin looking at its best - and not only will you see the benefits in your face, but you’ll start to feel great, too.
It’s clear that achieving and maintaining flawless skin is not a walk in the park, and with so much advice and guidance out there, it can sometimes feel like an uphill struggle. We’ve developed this list because we know it works and it’s what the experts say works, too. Follow our tips and you’ll be well on your way to attaining beautiful skin, the natural way.