Ask any painter and they will tell you that the canvas you choose matters just as much as the paint and brushes. Since your skin is our canvas, we want you to have all the information that you need for the best skin possible. From what you put into your body, to what you put on it, these tips are sure to give you a canvas that Rembrandt himself would be honoured to work on.
You Are What You Drink
Your skin is your largest organ. Becuase it is so huge, and also on the outside of you, your skin is a walking advertisement for the fuel that you are putting into it. Sure there are hormonal and hereditary factors that can contribute to what your skin looks like, but diet plays a huge part. Drinking lots of water is crucial for keeping your skin properly hydrated and healthy. According to the Mayo Clinic, “The Institute of Medicine determined that an adequate intake (AI) for men is roughly about 13 cups (3 litres) of total beverages a day. The AI for women is about 9 cups (2.2 litres) of total beverages a day”.
Alternatively, drinking excess amounts of sugary drinks and/or alcohol can wreak havoc on your skin. When you consume sugary foods, your body’s insulin levels spike causing a wave of inflammation throughout your body. That inflammation produces enzymes that break down collagen, meaning more wrinkles and sagging skin. Alcohol is a whole other barrel of fish. Alcohol is a hepatotoxin, which is science for “toxic to the organs responsible for detoxification”. When your liver, kidneys and lungs can’t keep up, your skin helps them with getting rid of toxins through sweat. A rough night out before an event spells disaster for your foundation since alcohol breaks down makeup. The long-term effects of alcohol on the skin can be brutal, but even if you don’t have a serious drinking problem, all the toxins and stress to your skin that come with drinking can massively hurt your skin, not to mention your odds at staying young (looking) forever. Moderation is everything when it comes to a harmonious relationship with cocktails and your skin.
Protect Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself
We’ve all seen someone who is a little too into tanning and the things it does to their skin. As much as getting a little glow can make your skin look happy and healthy, the sun is not kind to your skin in the long term. Luckily, we have sunscreen to protect us while still allowing for plenty of time spent lounging on the beach. We already did a whole blog dedicated to sunscreen last summer, with information on what kind of SPF your sunscreen should have, how much to use and more. You can check it out HERE.
Treat Your Skin Like You Want To Be Treated
At the bare minimum, we all want to be treated with care and respect. Realistically, we would like to be treated like the unique, amazing royalty that we know we are deep down (even though our desperate searches on ancestry.com don’t show any actual blue blood in our lineage). Your skin needs just as much care as you do. Since everyone is different, no one skincare regimen is going to work for everyone. If you have problem skin, consult a dermatologist to figure out what is best for you. If not, just following a simple cleansing/moisturising routine will work wonders. Try to stay away from skin care products that are heavily perfumed, or that contain harsh ingredients that strip your skin of its natural oils. Check out our online store to see some of our favourite products HERE.
What is your favourite skincare tip? Let us know in the comments!
Christa Lalonde is the Blogger/Coordinator for Faye Smith Makeup and Hair. She would love it if you subscribed to this blog.