1. STAY HYDRATED, YO
It’s a no brainer really. If you get dehydrated, your body pulls water from your tissues and skin to maintain the concentration in your blood. This causes skin cells to sink and sag, causing minor wrinkles to appear more prominent than they are and your skin to have a less than fresh tinge. Your eyes look sunken, your skin feels dryer, and it’s not going to be as elastic, so you will look a lot older. Nice.
Drinking enough of the good stuff is pretty much the common theme cited by models, celebs, and beauty insiders when it comes to naming their numero uno beauty secret. Last year a British babe claimed that drinking six bottles (or 3 litres) of water every day for 28 days took 10 years off her face, nixing her dark shadows, red blotches and wrinkles!
So, how to get more in? I know, drinking water can be more than a little boring! Keep a glass on your desk or a non-BPA bottle by your side wherever you go to ensure you get your fill throughout the day. Sip on herbal teas and warm water with lemon throughout the day (make sure its all caffeine free though, or you’ll be doing it all in vain!). Also, take a glass to bed with you and gulp that sucker down before you shut your peepers, or first thing upon raising your beautiful dream-filled head from your pillow.
If you’re finding it hard, try downloading an app like Waterlogged (for iOs) or Drink More Water! (Android) to remind you to keep up your water intake, or scout around for a bottle with markers that tell you how much water you should have consumed by a certain time to keep you on track. And in your quest for aquaholism, please make it filtered if you cam, and avoid that shit in plastic bottles (google it if you don’t believe me).
2. COMMIT TO THOSE ZZZZZZ’s
Equally as important as staying fuelled on the H2O is getting adequate sleep. You’ve no doubt experienced the ill effects of burning that candle at both of its ends. Nasty candle. In addition to extreme fatigue, brain fog and lack of coordination, lack of sleep makes for heinous bags under your peepers and all sorts of other chain-reactiony things like zits and weight gain due to disturbed sleep cycles and angry, out of whack hormones.
So try not to have too many benders ok? I know sometimes they may be inevitable, but save them for special occasions and try and beat the sun coming up, or you’ll be looking older than your bio age in not time!
3. THOU SHALT ALWAYS WASH IT ALL OFF
Hand in hand with number two, the proverbial late nighter generally coincides with forgetting to take one’s beauty junk off their visage before hitting that pillow hard. We’ve all been there, waking up hours later with smeared gunk half way down our face, a rogue false eyelash creeping its way to who knows where and an eyelid stuck persistently shut. Pretty huh? I know in moments of extreme exhaustion the need to sleep definitely overrides the wish to go and get gunk all in my eyes and water all over myself when I try and wash it all off in some kind of stupor.
Not washing your face can speed up the aging process because of free radical damage. It’s important to wash away pollutants that stick to makeup and contaminate our skin, attacking healthy skin that can result in a decrease in the production of collagen, which means premature wrinkles. To aid a too-tired-to-clean situation, keep some gentle cleansing facial wipes by your bedside or even under your pillow (try to find a natural brand without all the fragrances, preservatives n’ shit). You could even keep some jojoba or almond oil (see below) and some cotton pads near your bedside to at least feign an attempt to dissolve as much as you can with a quick wipe. I also find cold cream with a cotton cloth works a treat, I use it in my kit to remove hardcore caked-on makeup and it works very well to remove and to leave skin feeling soft and moisturised afterward. Try to take that all important two minutes before you collapse to get as much off as you can. You need to let your skin breathe, not suffocate. Remember that and it will love you a whole lot more.
4. GET INTO THE GOOD OIL
Whenever I can (or remember) I like to slather my skin in organic pure coconut, jojoba, rose hip, macadamia, avocado oil – whatever oil I can get my mitts on really! You can use oils to cleanse or moisturise- did you know coconut oil is great at dissolving mascara? Heck sometimes I’ll even use some extra virgin olive oil after slathering some through my stressed out strands whilst doing a hot oil treatment. It’s the easiest way to slam some nourishment into your face fast!
Contrary to popular belief, using oils on your skin does not equate to oilier skin. Good quality oils like those mentioned above are emollient to the skin and help to nourish moisture and protect the skin cells. This is opposed to the cheap mineral oils found in cheaper cosmetic products (like those nasty MAC rip offs) which clog the skin and cause blocked pores and hence trigger increased oil production as your skin tries to clear itself.
So buy some beautiful pure organic cold pressed oils and get slathering. Your skin will drink that shit up! Make it a ritual and get addicted.
5. MASSAGE IT ALL AWAY
Once you’ve cleaned all the grit and grime from the day from your pretty lil’ face, why not treat yourself with a facial massage with your favourite oils. Mix a few together, or try adding a drop or two of an essential oil like lemon, lavender or rosemary (go easy, tiger, they’re strong) to your base oil before giving your face and neck a good, loving going over.
Facial massage is so amazing for boosting circulation! The more blood flow through your cells the better nourished they are with oxygen and nutrients. It’s said that certain techniques can tighten and tone the skin and help to prevent sagging. Sign me up. Check out YouTube for facial massage techniques (look up Ayurvedic facial massage) and commit to doing it every few days if you can. You’re welcome.
Love to you and your lovely face.