By Tayla Prentice & Roelien van Leeuwen - Qualified Beauty & Waxing Therapists
Women with smooth, radiant skin aren’t just lucky. They tend to have six daily habits in common:
1) They cleanse gently, twice a day – You need to wash your face in the morning and evening, with a cleanser that suits your skin type and lukewarm water. Give the cleanser time to work.
2) They reapply sunscreen – You know that the number one way to prevent skin aging is to apply sunscreen, so of course you already use a morning moisturizer with an SPF of (at least) 30. What women with gorgeous skin also do: Reapply sunscreen every few hours. Sun-shielding ingredients are only effective for about two hours—long enough to protect your skin on a morning walk or commute but not throughout the afternoon.
3) They eat salmon, and consume lots of antioxidants – Salmon’s high omega-3 content helps hydrate skin from the inside out and reduce the inflammation that can cause skin redness, says Baumann. And antioxidant-rich foods and drinks—blueberries, dark greens, green tea and coffee—help fight free radicals that can damage the cellular structures of the skin, accelerating skin aging.
5) They sleep at least 7 hours a night – Cortisol, the stress hormone, ages the skin and can cause acne. Sleep reduces the cortisol level in your body. So it’s a simple equation: Sleep = younger, clearer skin.