A glowing healthy skin – we all want it (whether female or male). It’s finding our way to achieving it that can be tricky. We did some research and discovered 3 key secrets to beautiful skin:
#1: HYDRATION: FROM THE INSIDE
Our skin is 64% water so it goes without saying that water is important for our skin health. We’re bombarded with advice to ‘drink 8 glasses of water a day’ to hydrate our skin from the inside out – but is that true?
Your skin is your body’s largest organ and yes, if your diet isn’t providing your body with enough water, dehydration will show up in sagging skin that looks dull and grey. But your need for water can fluctuate wildly depending on factors such as the weather, your level of activity, your environment (air conditioning or heaters inside) or even where you are in your menstrual cycle.
So rather than forcing yourself to reach an externally imposed target, listen to the messages from your body:
Urine that is a pale straw-colour indicates good hydration. When your urine is dark yellow or brownish in colour, it means you’re not drinking enough.
Are you thirsty and mistaking thirst for hunger? Many of us eat when we should be drinking water – next time you think you need a snack, try drinking a glass of water first. And remember, much of our foods contain water too – think cucumbers, watermelon, most fruits, celery, tomatoes, courgettes, peppers, leafy greens like Romaine Lettuce. They all contribute to hydration.
Follow the prompting of your natural thirst. Some say that when you’re thirsty, it means you’re already over-dehydrated. But thirst is your body’s natural message to you to drink fluids. Drink when thirsty – it’s a simple rule!
Should you avoid coffee and tea? You may have also been confused by the conflicting advice about whether the diuretic effects of drinking tea and coffee are dehydrating. The net effect of drinking these beverages is hydrating. The amount of water in coffee and tea easily offsets their diuretic effect.
Top Tip: Naomi Whittel, wellness explorer, says incorporating a simple daily practice like starting your day drinking ice-cold water can jump-start your metabolism, improve glucose metabolism and insulin sensitivity and can increase your calorie burn. That’s because your body is required to work harder to maintain its core temperature.
#2: SKIN WELLNESS FROM THE OUTSIDE
Research shows that even gulping down litres of water isn’t going to reach outermost layer of your skin. For that you need to choose skincare that truly nourishes your skin deep down. That’s why we just adore Skin Creamery, one of South Africa’s premium creators of luxury natural skin care, to bring you a not-to-be-missed giveaway! We also love the Skin Creamery’s ethos which is to simplify skin care, be kind to the earth and kind to your skin. Only the best organic ingredients are used to create a beautiful gentle range that is truly hydrating.
And there’s one more – often completely ignored – factor to great skin:
#3: SLEEP, NATURE’S BEST SKIN TONER
Beauty sleep is not a myth, people! Did you know that between 11 and midnight is the time mitosis, cell division that renews and repairs skin, is at its peak? If you don’t get enough sleep, your stress hormone levels go up and your skin goes into a pro-inflammatory state making it prone to breakouts and acne. We all know that lack of sleep leaves us with puffiness and dark rings under our eyes. It’s during sleep that blood flow increases to your skin, helping to rebuild collagen and repair the damage from UV exposure, reducing wrinkles and age spots.
The stark reality is that lack of sleep ages your skin. So to help you get the most comfortable sleep possible, we’re also shouting praises from the rooftops for the beautiful online retailer, BENA Loungewear, and have joined forces with them in our fabulous giveaway this month. They’re all about comfort combined with style. BENA Loungewear believes that every woman’s favourite time of day should be the moment she slips on her luxury pair of pyjamas and relaxes – We can get behind that!
It’s simple: drink good water when thirsty, use pure, natural skin care that nourishes your skin and sleep tight. It’s a winning way to a naturally beautiful skin.
WIN A SECRET SKIN HAMPER WORTH R4000 WITH US!
Enter our gorgeous SKIN SECRETS giveaway and you’ll be in line to receive:
The complete range of Skin Creamery products worth R1655:
- Facial Cleansing Powder
- Two Phase Skin Tonic
- The Every Day Cream for Face & Body
- Oil Milk Cleanser
- Facial Hydrating Oil
For great tasting, zero waste mineralised water on-the-go, we are giving away a selection of our innovative, eye-catching and eco-friendly products worth R1100:
- 550ml Go-Eco Resuable Glass Water Bottle
- 4 x packs of 100% Natural and Plastic-Free Water Filter Koins (that’s a minimum of 1 year of drinking water for 1 person!)
- A Go-Eco 100% Plastic-Free Bottle Cleaning Brush
And when you thought it couldn’t get any better…BENA Loungewear are ALSO giving away a R1250 voucher to spend on one of their luxurious loungewear items in cotton, Tencel (gorgeously soft, lightweight, naturally breathable and environmentally friendly fabric!) or silky satin. This is loungewear so easy and comfy, you’ll want to wear it all day long… the hardest part will be choosing which one!
It’s not a question of if…but when!
Enter now by simply adding your best email address HERE, following all 3 brands on either Facebook or Instagram, and sharing far and wide….the time is now.
Time to be the very best you, with the very best skin.