Enjoying the summer sun is a natural way to keep skin looking radiant, but now that the winter is fast approaching we need to think a little harder about how to lock in that fresh glow. Beauty industry expert, Clare Weyers from Elite School of Beauty Therapy, reveals her insider tips on how to achieve glowing summer skin all year round.
There are hundreds of skin enhancement products on the shelves that claim to give us younger looking skin and a natural glow, but it’s hard to know what you’re really buying and whether it will actually work. There’s no need to spend a small fortune on skin products, or worry about the amount of chemicals in a product, instead you can take the natural route to healthier, happier skin.
Exfoliate with Yoghurt & Honey.
Yoghurt and honey aren’t just part of a delicious breakfast, they also work great as skin exfoliants. Exfoliating clears away dirt and dead skin cells that clog up pores and cause blemishes to create smoother, softer skin.
The naturally occurring lactic acid in yoghurt smoothes and soothes skin and helps to even out skin tone, while raw honey has the added benefits of being an antibacterial, antiviral and anti-fungal.
Make sure to use only natural yoghurt that doesn’t contain any artificial sweeteners or preservatives. Mix in a teaspoon of raw honey. Smear the yoghurt and honey mixture onto your skin, let it sit for 20 minutes, then rinse off. Your skin will be glowing in no time.
Moisturise with Natural Coconut Oil.
Coconut oil is a miracle solution to a whole host of health and beauty issues. When it comes to skin, coconut oil is great for adding moisture and restoring radiance. Coconut oil prevents signs of ageing by stopping the formation of free radicals. Apply a small amount coconut oil to your skin after showering for the best results.
Pure Coconut Oil, 453g jar, £15.49 at Holland & Barrett
Use Aloe Vera for Really Dry Skin.
If you suffer from really dry skin or have damaged skin from sunburn, aloe vera is a natural remedy that works wonders. Aloe leaves contain a huge number of antioxidants, including beta carotene, vitamin C and vitamin E, which is hydrating and can improve the skin’s natural firmness. The plant also soothes inflamed skin and can be used effectively as a treatment for acne. Best of all, aloe feels wonderful against your skin and smells good too.
You can use either a bottled aloe vera gel or cut the leaf straight from an aloe vera plant. The leaves themselves are spiny, it’s the rich jelly inside that you should be using on your skin. Take a small amount of gel and massage it into the affected areas.
Organic Aloe Vera Gel, 200ml bottle, £5.39 at Holland & Barrett
Alternatively, you can buy this whole hardy plant for £6.95 at Gardens4you, and you’ll have enough sap for years of use.
Get a Vitamin Boost.
We all know that eating well is essential when it comes to keeping our bodies healthy and our skin is no different. As well as drinking plenty of fresh water to keep our skin hydrated and flush out those nasty toxins, it’s also important to make sure we are getting the right vitamins.
Vitamins A, C and E are high in antioxidants and can lessen the impact of free radicals, which cause signs of skin ageing. Fortunately, these vitamins can be found in delicious fruits like strawberries, blueberries and grapefruit, as well as leafy greens including spinach and kale. If you think you’re not getting enough, some vitamin tablets might help you top up, though fresh fruit and vegetables are always the best option.
Vitamins A, C and E, prices vary, available at Holland & Barrett
About the Author.
Clare Weyers is a hair and beauty specialist who runs Elite School of Beauty Therapy in Bishop’s Stortford. Elite offer a variety of professional beauty, hair and holistic therapy classes for all skill levels.