Nailing your skincare routine is not the sole ingredient for flawless skin, many of us focus too much on the exterior, forgetting everything else. But that you have nailed the outside part, it's time to get that glow from within!
We all know the saying 'you are what you eat', and it is definitely true! Make sure to stock up on superfoods such as dark leafy greens and berries for antioxidants which help to counter free-radical production, protecting your skin from pigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles. Also load up on avocados, nuts and seeds for healthy fats such as omega-3s and omega-6s to maintain and repair your skin's natural barrier ensuring it stays hydrated and plump.
In terms of liquids, ensure you drink at least 8 glasses of water or 2 litres throughout the day to ensure your skin is hydrated, less puffy and that all the toxins are flushed out. Staying hydrated also helps to increase your skin's elasticity, reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Lastly, it helps to balance the oil to water ratio on your face, preventing excess sebum production, resulting in fewer clogged pores and less breakouts. To give your water an extra kick try squeezing some lemon juice in it for that added vitamin C or basil to have that extra protection from skin damage.
Say yes to less stress! Stress increases cortisol levels which lead to your oil glands working overtime, this makes your skin more prone to breakouts. Stress can also aggravate skin conditions such as psoriasis, rosacea and eczema. So make sure you are prioritising your sleep (get at least 7-8 hours!), exercising more, taking up meditation/yoga, popping on some Netflix or even just scheduling in breaks throughout your day can make all the difference