Nothing comes close to feeling love. That flutter in your stomach. That smile you can’t keep off your face. Those doe eyes. Love conquers all… even bad skin.
Most of us think that skin is just the body’s visible layer. But it’s an organ, so it’s alive and kicking. And being happy and in love, makes your skin look gorgeous. Hugging, cuddling and touching can put you in higher spirits and boost your Oxycontin levels – the ‘happy’ hormone.
It helps to relieve stress and improve moods, which your skin loves. An overactive mind affects cells that produce sebum which have receptors for stress hormones. Sebum, being oily, mixes with dead skin cells and bacteria to clog the follicles, leading to breakouts.
As well as enjoying the drug of love, do these five things to prepare your skin for February 14th.
Stock up on good skincare
This is a no-brainer. But so many women opt for cheap skincare that can be easily picked up at the supermarket. Instead, clean your skin, tone, then hydrate it, all with natural products. Like always, look at the ingredients list. Educate yourself on the things that should (and shouldn’t) go on your skin. The right ingredients make your face and body soft and smooth, now, plus maintain its integrity in the future.
Get enough sleep
They don’t call it beauty sleep for no reason. Sleep deprivation lowers circulation, which causes that pale, “you look sick” look. While you’re sleeping, it’s the best time for your skin to rejuvenate. Your skin takes the night shift, equipping itself with nutrients and hydrating ingredients. At least seven hours of sleep per night should be your goal.
Eat skin-loving foods
While you can perfect your skincare regime, if you’re not eating healthily, even the world’s best moisturiser loses its power. Watermelon is a great fruit to snack on for its ability to reduce damage and redness caused from sun exposure, plus it prevents wrinkles. Also add foods like fatty fish, avocados, walnuts, sunflower seeds, sweet potatoes, broccoli and tomatoes to your plate.
Exfoliate, then mask it.
We all know the cleanse-tone-moisturise skincare strategy but how often are you exfoliating and applying a face mask? Aim to gently speed up your skin’s cellular turnover and smooth its surface by exfoliating. Do these three times per week. Every Sunday, or on a day when you’ve got time to relax, apply a face mask to give your skin that extra nourishment.
Drink lots of water
Water clears the toxins that cause inflammation and blemishes. It also serves as the vehicle to transport nutrients and oxygen to skin cells, preventing dehydration which causes premature ageing. By upping your water intake, to eight or more glasses of water each day, your skin will thank you. To add a little something-something, try a skin-soothing tea like chamomile or mint.
Who ever said beauty only goes skin deep?