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Three secrets for amazing skin from head to toe

Skin Care
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Your skin protects all your internal organs, that’s why it’s the largest organ on your body. Who wouldn’t want smooth, soft, radiant skin all over? Treat your skin to optimal nourishment every now and then, you deserve it. Below, we share a few secrets to having skin that is not just great, but amazing!

 When you moisturise, always remember your hands and neck (Image: Shutterstock)

Getting rid of dead skin cells is an easy shortcut to soft skin. Studies state that we shed around one million skin cells within 24-hours. Without cleansing or exfoliating your skin, these dead skin cells build up.

Using a chemical exfoliator on your face gently loosens up these dead skin cells, making it easier to wipe or wash them off. For the rest of your body, you can use a physical exfoliator. A store-bought one works just fine, but save your coins and whip one up in your kitchen today.

Simply mix together brown sugar, honey, fresh lemon juice and a few drops of olive oil. The brown sugar exfoliates the skin’s surface and honey acts as a humectant to draw in moisture from the air into your skin. Lemon juice injects vitamin C into your skin and helps fade hyper pigmentation and scars, and olive oil nourishes and moisturises your skin.

There are no specific measurements, start with little and add more quantities of each ingredient if need be.

Don't forget to scrub your feet really well, especially the soles of your feet. 

 Honey is a humectant and draws in moisture from the air into your skin (Image: Arwin Neil Baichoo on Unsplash)

Always remember to moisturise your face after you cleanse it. Moisturisers add nourishment and prevent premature aging of the skin. Don’t shy away from oils when it comes to your face, a number of natural oils have amazing skin benefits. Jojoba oil is similar to the oil called “sebum” that your skin naturally produces. Vitamin E oil is great to apply before bed because of its skin-conditioning and anti-aging properties. During the day, always apply sunscreen to your face.

Always moisturise your hands and neck. The first signs of aging begin to show on the skin on your neck and hands! Also moisturise over and under your feet, and before bed, wear a pair of socks to warm up the moisturiser and make it penetrate into your skin deeper.

The best time to moisturise your body is when it’s still damp from the shower. This is so that your moisturiser can deeply nourish your skin and lock in the moisture. For dry skin or eczema, use a moisturiser that contains Colloidal Oatmeal. Oats calm down inflamed skin, and when applied on damp skin, softens the skin even more!

You can also whip up your own skin butter. A simple one can be made with shea butter, olive oil and a few drops of lavender essential oil. Not only will it make your skin smell divine and relax your senses, it will richly nourish your skin and provide skin healing properties from the lavender essential oil.

 Clay masks absorb toxins from your skin (Image: Pexels)

Applying a face mask 2 – 3 times a week is something you need to incorporate into your skin care routine if you haven’t already. Clay masks, for example, absorb toxins from your skin. Bentonite clay is the most popular clay mask, just don’t use metal tools to mix it. Other examples of face masks are peel-off masks, gel masks, charcoal masks and cream masks. Always read the mask instructions written on the container for optimal benefits.

Face serums contain active ingredients that penetrate your skin deeply. Perhaps invest in a good face serum that meets your skin’s needs.

Treat active breakouts on your face, chest and back with a dab of tea tree oil before bed. Tea tree oil is antibacterial and delivers a tingly sensation that will reduce the size of your breakouts and dry them up!

For your body, you can apply honey from your head to your toes. Yes, honey. Don’t worry, you won’t need to use the whole bottle of your expensive, organic honey. The trick is to apply 3 – 4 table spoons of it onto damp skin straight from the shower. Doing it this way will make you use much less honey, and spreading it all over your body will be a breeze! Let it sit on your body for at least 10 minutes, then rinse and moisturise. The honey will draw in moisture from the air, into your skin. Afterwards, your skin will look radiant and feel so soft and nourished.

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