Sunday, November 30, 2014
The skin essentials edit
If you follow the fashion bloggers on Instagram, you’ll have probably noticed the currently trending ‘flat lay’ photos displaying Daniel Wellington watches, Chanel Boy bags, Ray-Ban sunglasses, rock-stud Valentinos, YSL cosmetics, the latest glossy and Canon cameras, to name a few blogger essentials. Flat lays have become the new ‘in’ thing on Instagram according to Vogue who declared that ‘they’re a classic, simple and chic way to show off your favourite objects and current addictions in a pretty way’.
With the skin-biting, crisp, wintry weather in full force and all the festive parties yet to come, I thought I’d do my version of a flat lay (I cheated a bit by putting all the pictures together as a collage rather than a traditional flat lay) and show you some of my favourite things and current addictions that I do/use to help me achieve radiant, healthy skin. They include (but not limited to):
- A diet rich in healthy fats and vitamin E - vitamin E is an antioxidant and very well known for its skin health properties. As an antioxidant, it can protect the skin from collagen damaging radicals. Key sources of healthy fats and vitamin E include avocados, nuts, seeds and olive oil
- Oily fish – oily fish, such as salmon, is rich in omega 3 fats which are important for skin health because of their anti-inflammatory properties and function in the skin’s cell membranes: omega 3 fats aid better oxygen delivery to the skin, better transport of nutrients to the skin and enhance the skin’s ability to retain moisture
- Water - for good hydration of the skin to reveal a more plump appearence
- A diet rich in antioxidants – these are found in many foods but my favourite source is fruit and vegetables, particularly berries. Antioxidants help fight free radicals, which can cause damage and degradation of the skin’s collagen fibres, leading to reduced skin elasticity and resilience (=wrinkles) and a dulled, less plump appearance of the skin!
- Skin cleansing, skin toning, skin brushing, exfoliating and moisturising - working on the outside as well as the inside
- Exercising – it’s like giving my skin a mini facial sauna without the artificial heat. Exercise can help open the pores and boost circulation giving you that all important glow
What are your current favourites for healthy skin?
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