Five non-skincare skincare tips for better skin! (Tried and still practising!)
In the relentless quest for better skin we often do not put enough weight on one of the most fundamental aspects of caring for the skin - our lifestyles. Skincare, or caring for the skin, goes beyond topical product applications and getting regular facials, it should also incorporate skincare friendly lifestyle habits.
- Lead an active lifestyle.
In an ideal world we would all have enough time to pursue our interests and hobbies and maintain a well-balanced lifestyle. Reality, however, tells a very different story. Busy and hectic lifestyles often mean a compromise on time allocated for exercise. Making a conscious effort to lead a more physically active lifestyle such as taking the stairs whenever possible or getting off a stop earlier and walking to your final destination are some habits that can easily be incorporated into your lifestyles without disrupting your day to day schedule. If you need another reason to put on that pair of running shoes you bought last year, think about the post exercise glow! Regular exercise often leaves you with a clearer and glowy complexion. Exercising is one of the best ways to anti-age.
- Eat clean.
Eating clean is actually much easier than one would expect and does not require much commitment, rather, just growing into a habit of making conscientious choices. Puretincture’s founder, Helen, enjoys starting her day with a cup of warm water mixed with turmeric and moringa powder and avoiding sweet food in the evenings. Our team loves omega and antioxidant rich foods such as berries, nuts, and fatty fish. A wholesome diet low in processed food and added sugar and high in whole food has been shown to reduce inflammation – a factor that leads to accelerated skin ageing.
- Getting enough undisturbed sleep.
Everyone knows the importance of getting sufficient sleep, but the key word here is “undisturbed”. Whenever possible, avoid using blue screen devices one hour before sleep and try to sleep before 11 p.m. for 7-8 hours. Research has shown that blue light devices trick your body into thinking that it is not time to end the day and can disrupt your natural sleep cycle, negatively affecting your sleep quality.
- Swap soft drinks for brewed tea.
Soft drinks are packed with sugar and additives, replacing them with brewed tea not only improves your skin quality overtime, but contributes to your overall wellbeing and health. Brewed tea is rich in antioxidants and other health promoting compounds. This is also a simple way to cut down your calorie and sugar intake.
- Clean or replace your masks regularly.
Maskne is real and an ongoing pestering problem for many. If you are using disposable masks, replace them in accordance with the health authority’s guidelines for proper protection and to reduce the bacteria count in the mask. If you are using a reusable mask, we recommend having at least two of them so you can disinfect and clean them with soap or other disinfectants at least once a day or each time after exercise.
Find out more about caring for maskne in our maskne blog post!