Achieving good skin doesn’t have to be stressful. That lit-from-within glow may seem elusive, but a healthy complexion is easily within your reach.
As proof, we asked three women with enviable skin to reveal the secrets they swear by, from yoga poses to wonder products and tasty foods, while Dr Amiee Vyas, aesthetic doctor and educator in cosmetic dermatology, explains why each approach really does work.
“I owe my glow as much to my downward dogs as my beauty shelf. I wholeheartedly believe in the yoga glow and research shows that even a short practice every day can help to reduce stress hormones in your body and improve sleep quality.
“Long-term stress is linked to ageing of the skin, so my advice is to find something to help reduce your stress levels and ultimately, you will see fresher, healthier-looking skin. That doesn’t mean you have to stand on your head every morning, but a little exercise can go a long way in achieving, and maintaining, that coveted glow.”
Dr Amiee: Specific postures increase blood circulation to the head and upper body, resulting in improved delivery of nutrients to the body. When combined with deep breathing exercises, the oxygen-rich blood has an antioxidant effect. Yoga is also proven to reduce inflammation, which is beneficial for many skin conditions.
“For me, a consistent beauty routine is the key to good skin. When I was 14, my mum instilled in me the importance of cleansing, toning and moisturising both morning and night. Although I’ve largely stuck to the same steps, I mix it up and elevate the routine with new products. My latest discovery is Shiseido. Their Ultimune Serum has become my skin saviour – within a few days of using it, my complexion looked more radiant and my lines less prominent. I love that it’s full of natural ingredients that protect against pollution, ageing and stress, so it’s like putting on a skin shield every day.
“I use it each morning after cleansing and before layering on the Vital Perfection Uplifting & Firming Cream, which is all about tightening and brightening. It gives me a moment for a quick DIY facial – I’ll massage my face muscles for a few minutes to increase blood circulation and ensure the products really soak in.
“And my most vital step is a targeted suncream. The Urban Environment UV Protection Cream Plus contains SPF50 and is featherlight. You can barely feel it on your skin, but it’s there to protect my skin from city life. I’m a total convert.”
Dr Amiee: A dedicated serum provides protection from free radical damage by environmental aggressors such as UV light, pollution, heating and other aspects of daily life. This is essential to maintain skin health, especially the integrity of the collagen and elastin framework in the dermis. Using a moisturiser will lock in hydration and provide extra antioxidant protection, which is also beneficial to maintain smooth and supple skin. It’s important to always apply SPF as it prevents premature skin ageing.
“I’ve struggled with acne since my teenage years. The real turning point came when I paid closer attention to my diet and started eliminating foods like dairy and refined sugar. I now try to predominantly eat whole foods. For breakfast, I have oatmeal with berries, mixed seeds or nuts and yogurt. Brown rice, grilled miso salmon with broccoli and edamame is a great lunchtime meal. Then for dinner, I’ll make a vegetable and tofu stir-fry.
“Sugar is especially detrimental to our skin. Apart from acne, it can cause premature skin ageing. If you’re after a tasty snack, try a handful of nuts, some fruit, or a small pot of yogurt with fruit. And stock up on oily fish. Inflammation underpins many skin problems and oily fish is the best source of EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty acids, which fight inflammation and promote healthy skin.”
Dr Amiee: Eat foods as close to their natural state as possible, as they’re generally nutritious and anti-inflammatory. High-sugar diets damage the collagen and elastin structural support of the skin and make the signs of ageing more apparent. A diet rich in fruit and vegetables will contain more micronutrients, particularly antioxidants like vitamins A, C and E, which are beneficial to the skin.
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