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A guide to great looking skin

Healthy looking skin is something that most women strive for and with the constant bombardment of impossibly flawless complexions in advertising, it’s no wonder women are turning to cosmetic surgery to look younger.

The popularity of plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures like botox and lip fillers have skyrocketed in recent years as women look to improve their complexion and stop the signs of ageing. But before you go under the knife (or under the needles!) there are some natural ways that you can improve your skin’s condition and appearance.

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Here are our top tips to achieving younger looking skin the natural way:

1. Be sun safe

As much as we would like to get a glowing tan all year round, sunbathing (whether in natural sun or under sunbeds) is not the way to do it. The sun’s rays can have a seriously damaging effect on our skin –  UVA rays age our skin, while UVB rays burn it making for a dangerous combination. Paler skin tones should wear an SPF of 30 or above with a broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection, although SPF 50 provides a complete sunblock. If you’re exercising outdoors or swimming, be sure to reapply your sun protection regularly too. The safest way to gain a little colour is to fake tan so protect your skin this summer and opt for a glow from a bottle.

2. Pick a skincare routine that suits your skin

It might seem obvious but identifying your skin type could solve a lot of problems when it comes to your complexion. Pick a range that suits your skin whether it be dry, oily, mature, blemish-prone or sensitive. Look out for tell-tale signs on your face too – if your skin is inflamed, red and stinging it could be sensitive, if it is flaky and itchy, it could be dry or dehydrated. And on the subject of dehydration…

3. Rehydrate

Are you drinking enough water? You need to be sipping on at least 2 litres of water each day to fuel your body, but on hot days or if you’re exercising you should drastically increase that amount. Your skin cells need vital H2O to stay looking young, plump and healthy. Try drinking green tea, pomegranate and orange juice as these include essential vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that will help clear your complexion and rid it of impurities.

4. Oxygen therapy

It’s a relatively new trend to help improve skin, but the simple method of providing your skin with enough oxygen is becoming vastly popular. Skin care has already embraced the theory by including oxygen-boosting ingredients into their formulas but spas and clinics are also on board. In oxygen impulse treatments, concentrated liquid oxygen is injected into the skin using a spray pistol and a low voltage bio-electric current device – which all sounds rather frightening but there are other ways to boost your oxygen levels. Oxygen tanks for home use are designed to deliver purified air through a nozzle and all it takes is a couple of deep breaths to improve the oxygen level in your blood and cells.

5. Protect from the inside out

Improving your diet will directly improve your skin’s condition. Not only are fruit and veg essential in delivering all the vital nutrients your skin needs to stay looking healthy, but omega-3s could be your ticket to fantastic looking skin. Oily fish such as salmon and mackerel as well as walnuts and flax seeds are packed full of essential fatty acids – or the ‘good fats’ – to help keep your skin looking and feeling great. Omega-3, 6 and 9 work in harmony to improve the cell membrane so it allows impurities to exit and nutrients to enter the cell, but it also helps hold in moisture meaning you’ll have plumper, healthier looking skin.

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