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How does your skin protect you?

What happens to our skin overnight?

Can our daily habits be the cause to our dull, dehydrated or acne prone skin?
From the moment you wake, the simple choices we choose to make, can be the first steps of 
revitalising the largest organ of our body.
Do you find yourself struggling to understand your skin type, or do you have little to no time to create a skin routine?
Kick the habit and breathe new life into your skin, in 21 days, with these simple 5 steps:

 

1. HOT SHOWERS
It may be tempting every morning to jump in that hot shower, especially during the winter season, but most do not know that hot showers are your skin’s enemy. Hot water strips your skin from their natural oils, causing it to become very dry and flaky. Instead, opt for a warm / lukewarm temperature, which helps preserve the skin’s moisture barrier and overall health.

 

2. YOUR PILLOWCASE
That fluffy pillow may be the answer to your long hard day’s work, however unlaundered pillowcases can be the reason for your dirty oily pores. Hair product residue, dirt, dead skin cells and oil build up on your pillows, can undo all the hard work of your night time cleansing routine.

 

3. SLEEP & SLEEP POSITIONING
Beauty sleep exists! Not sleeping increases your cortisol levels and puts your skin in a pro-inflammatory state. Little sleep will cause the skin to look dull, cause puffiness around your eyes or increase stress hormones in the body. Sleep position is also a key factor to keeping that youthful glow. If you’re sleeping 8 hours on your stomach or side, this can leave your skin with breakouts and unwanted fine lines. Instead try to lay on your back for youthful skin.

 

4. WATER
Dehydrated skin means it’s lacking water. If you do not drink enough water (around 2-3 
litres depending on the person) your skin will not be properly moisturised internally, causing dark circles under eyes, more prone to wrinkles and haggard grey skin. Water flushes toxins out of the body, which helps combat skin conditions such as acne, eczema or psoriasis.

 

5. WASHING YOUR FACE AFTER EXERCISE
Nobody wants a cocktail of dirt, oil or bodily fluid attaching to your skin, causing blocked pores. Sweat can be a form of natural cleansing for your skin, so don’t clean your skin too harshly after your favourite class. Instead opt for a gentle face cleanser after class, and splash with cool water to prevent breaking of blood vessels and return skin temperature to a normal level.

 

 

Here are a few natural oils you can use for different skin types:

COCONUT OIL
Known to have many health benefits including vitamins E and K, as well as its antifungal and antibacterial properties, however, avoid on the face if you have oily skin or acne prone.

 

GRAPESEED OIL
If your skin is incredibly oil, grapeseed oil is a bit more drying than jojoba oil, so it’s perfect for mattifying your skin.

 

MORINGA OIL
This overachieving oil is packed with antioxidants, fatty acids which helps repair dry, damaged skin and anti-inflammatories which calms irritated skin. It’s also lightweight, and perfect for under makeup or used a morning moisturiser.

 

Written by

Candy Lab is a London-based beauty company specialising in semi-permenant makeup.
Located in Chelsea & Clapham.

candy-lab.co.uk

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