5 easy beauty habits to adapt today for healthy and glowing skin

Ready to revolutionise your skincare routine? Try these do it yourself insider secrets from the experts!

Expert dermal technician, Darlene O’Gara has more than 26 years experience in the skincare industry and shares her top five tips for rejuvenating your skin. Of course the cheapest and best advice it always to have a healthy diet and always use a good quality sunscreen to prevent skincare issues before they develop.

1. Getting technical: address skin issues at the cellular level
Dead skin cells lead to a dull lifeless skin tone, and can reduce the effectiveness of your facial cleanser and moisturiser. Exfoliating on a regular basis is essential to getting to the root of this problem.

“Daily use of an active scrub is the initial foundation to creating your flawless spring skin complexion,” says Darlene. Want a great result without visiting a professional salon? She recommends the Skinstitut Glycolic 14% Scrub for home use and if possible, combining this with regular microdermabrasion treatments in clinic.

“Microdermabrasion works wonders on your skin by removing dull, dead skins cells on the surface and revealing the brighter skin beneath,” Darlene adds. The result? Glowing and more radiant skin that looks and feels fresh. 

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Did you know? Our skin loses roughly 30,000 to 40,000 dead skin cells from the surface every minute.

2. Invest in the right facial cleanser
Some regular soaps are alkaline-based, which can dry out your skin. This leaves your face and body feeling tight and dry. A daily cleanse with a product with natural, active ingredients, like green tea, goji berries, aloe vera or vitamin E will help maintain your skin hydration while you cleanse your skin of impurities.

Want great motivation to vacuum? 70 per cent of the dust in your home is estimated to be dead human skin!

3. Repair your skin with a nourishing moisturiser
To get your skin back to its soft, smooth and supple state, you need intense nourishment. For daily hydration, Darlene recommends using a product, which contains antioxidants, and intense nourishment especially at night. For a more intensive treatment to repair your skin after the cooler seasons, consider a face peel, especially for older skin types.

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Fun fact: Our skin is estimated to make up roughly 16% of our total body weight.

4. Protect yourself against the sun
You can help prevent the signs of ageing and further protect your skin from the harmful rays of the sun with the daily use of a good SPF, preferably 50+ broad spectrum sunscreen. “This is an essential part of any skin care regime,” stresses Darlene. “Remember the more frequently you use sunscreen now, the better you will look in five, 10 and 15 years.”

When experts talk about renewing your skin there really is something to it. Every 24 hours our skin sheds a layer of dead cells and ‘renews’ itself every 28 days!

5. Increase your skin’s vitamin intake
Getting enough vitamin A, E and C is essential to skin regeneration and hydration. While eating your vitamins through real food is important, applying vitamin-infused creams and moisturisers directly on your skin makes a big difference to your complexion.

Want a great result at home? Try using active skin products, such as Even Blend, Vitamin C and Retinol, for a brighter, smoother and more radiant skin tone. Remember to always speak to your beauty and healthcare professional before changing your regular routine.

What sort of foods are great for your skin, and which ones should you avoid? Watch to find out

Nutrient dense food: these healthy options have high amount of nutrients compared to calories

  • Avocados
  • Chard, collard greens, kale, mustard greens, spinach
  • Bell peppers
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Mushrooms (crimini and shiitake)
  • Baked potatoes
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Cantaloupe, papaya, raspberries, strawberries
  • Low-fat yogurt
  • Eggs
  • Seeds (flax, pumpkin, sesame, and sunflower)
  • Dried beans (garbanzo, kidney, navy, pinto)
  • Lentils, peas
  • Almonds, cashews, peanuts
  • Barley, oats, quinoa, brown rice
  • Salmon, halibut, cod, scallops, shrimp, tuna
  • Lean beef, lamb, venison
  • Chicken, turkey

(Source: Harvard Health Publications)

What kinds of things do you find work wonders for your skin? Join the conversation!