11 Essentials For a Flawless Complexion

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Your sense of style and the quality of your hairstyle will go a long way to ensuring that you look your best, but they’re not the only things that’ll play a factor. Your complexion is arguably more important than both those things. If our skin is looking as healthy as can be, then you’ll find that you look radiant no matter what old rags you’re wearing! Of course, it’s not as if everyone has a flawless complexion. But everyone can. Today, we’re going to run through some of the most effective methods to push your skin in the right direction!

Drink Plenty of Water

Your skin can only look good as what you’re putting into your body. Most people that think they have bad skin actually don’t; it’s just that they’re not drinking enough water. Your skin will lose a lot of water throughout the day, so it’s important that you’re staying hydrated. This will help to keep your skin looking fresh and also bring a host of other benefits. Opinions are divided regarding how much you should be drinking, but as a general rule, somewhere in the region of 1.2 - 1.5 litres a day should keep you hydrated!

Shower Temperature

It can be oh-so enjoyable to spend a long time in a hot shower, especially on a cold winter’s day. However, it’s worth considering the effect that hot water can have on your skin. If you’re taking showers that are too warm, then you could be drying out your skin, and that’s not going to make it glow! So consider turning the temperature down a little. If you’re feeling brave, then you can consider taking cold showers. Yes, they can be a little uncomfortable while you’re in there, but you’ll feel fresh and energised when you get out -- and after a few days, you’ll find that your skin is looking a lot fresher.

Keeping Stress At a Minimum

Is stress good for anything? OK, it can be a good motivating tool when you’re trying to get away from a potentially threatening situation, but most of us don’t find ourselves in those positions all that often. But we’re still stressed, more than ever. And this doesn’t just have a negative impact on our enjoyment of the day; it can also be detrimental to our skin. So what are the effects that stress can have on the skin? It can produce lines, acne, bags under the eyes, and dry skin. As such, one of the best things you can do for your skin is to learn the art of relaxation!

This is, of course, more difficult these days, when it feels like there’s not all that much relaxing about life. But there are always things you can do, even if you’re confined to your home. Meditation and yoga are two of the most effective stress-busting activities. 

Sun Safety

It’s important to avoid getting burned when you’re soaking up the rays, but most people know that. Did you know that you may be causing damage to your skin even if you’re not getting burned, however? It’s possible to cause damage to your skin even during the winter months if you have a certain skin type. The people with the best skin swear by wearing sun tan lotion all year round, and who are we to argue with their actions? They’re the ones with the skin that we’d kill for. 

The Right Products

If you’re ever lamenting the state of the world, just remember this: we live in an age where we can freely buy the skincare products we need to have our skin looking at its best. There’s no shortage of products available. Do you have a high-quality cleanser, toner, and moisturiser in your makeup bag? If you don’t, then it’s time to invest. Your skin takes a beating, especially during the cold winter months, so it’s extra-important that you’ve got the products to help keep things looking fresh.

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Limit the Toxins

Yes, it’s enjoyable to let our hair down and have a good time. However, it’s worth thinking about the effect that those good times will have on our skin. You can’t have flawless looking skin if you’re pumping your body with toxins such as alcohol and tobacco. With alcohol, you’ll see the effects on your skin the morning after the night out: you will not look fresh. With tobacco, the effects are slower but more damaging, and harder to undo. Cut both of these things out of your life, and you’ll have healthier looking skin on a short-term and long-term basis. Plus, giving up alcohol and tobacco can have plenty of other benefits, too. 

Plenty of Rest

Beauty sleep is a real thing, and don’t you forget it! If you’re going to have skin that looks bright and fresh, then it’s important that you’re consistently getting a full night of rest under your belt. This is something that many people struggle to achieve, however. The good news is that poor sleeping habits are rarely permanent; indeed, they’re not even that ingrained in the individual. It’s just that they’re making one or two simple errors. You can improve the quality of your sleep by avoiding caffeine late in the day, reducing the amount of the screen time before bed, and having a relaxing cup of tea before hitting the hay. 

Working Up a Sweat

If you can get the blood pumping around your body more effectively, then your skin will look great. Have you ever noticed how your skin tends to glow once you’ve finished with your workout? It’s not in your head -- you really do look like that! There are other advantages to working out, too -- it’ll boost your happiness, and we all look better when we’re feeling joyful. 

What You’re Eating

It can be tempting to fill up on fast food and unhealthy foods, but it’s worthwhile thinking about the effect that it’ll be having on your skin. Those greased up burgers are not going to do anything good for your pores! Instead, look at having a diet that’s filled with ingredients that’ll do wonders for your skin, such as fresh fruit and vegetables, fresh fish, nuts, and lentils and beans. 

Spend Time Figuring Out What Works For You 

The truth is that everyone’s skin is slightly different. There are some things that’ll work wonders for one person, but not for another. While there are plenty of tips that anyone can use to push their skin in the right direction, if you want to really make it look as fantastic as possible, then you’ll have to spend some time figuring out what works best for your specific skin type. This is mostly a process of trial and error. Eventually, you’ll figure out just what’s right for you. 

Give It Time

Finally, be sure to give it time! All the tips that we’ve outlined above will help your skin, but you might not feel the effects overnight. Only once you’ve made them a consistent part of your routine will you begin to see the impact of your efforts. So have a little patience! As well as patience, you’ll also want to dedicate some time to getting it right. There are some people who were lucky enough to be born with great skin, but that’s not the case for the majority of the population. They have to work on it! So set aside some time to figure out your process and be patient. You’ll get there eventually. 

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Disclaimer: This is a collaborative post. 

Thank you so much for reading this post! Even just by implementing one or two more of these essentials into my routine (especially the water intake guys), my complexion is much clearer and my skin has a glow to it that it's been lacking pretty much since the beginning of the pandemic last year. 

Is your complexion a little lacklustre at the moment? If so, would you consider giving these tips a try? 

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Until next time,
Marina Rosie x 

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