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The first step to loving the skin you’re in is to take care of it properly. And that means more than masks and creams!
Right. Let’s talk skincare. Everyone’s got a different regimen and a different “must-have”. One lady’s manuka honey is another lady’s tea tree oil. I’m not going to sit here and tell you this product or that product is going to change your skin/life. But what I would like to do is offer some reflections on your skin’s relationship to environment, lifestyle, and mindset. Some of what I say is backed by science, other stuff is learned from experience. When a key part of your job is to keep your skin blemish-free, you do pay extra close attention to how different things affect your complexion.
The skin is the largest organ we have. It’s the thing that stands between our insides and the outside, so I like to think that its health reflects the way that those two things are interacting. There are some things to do with skin that are just plain genetics: oil, pore size, tone - 95% of that is courtesy of mum and dad, so be sure to thank them or give out to them depending on how you feel about that :)
But the day to day health of your skin, blemishes, wrinkles, and general glow- that is heavily dependent on the way you live your life. Science links diet, stress, and climate directly to the skin’s appearance. I find that no matter the beauty products I use, if I don’t get enough sleep, don’t drink enough water, or eat enough fruit, my skin suffers as a result. And when I put myself under undue pressure or allow myself to feel anxious for long periods, there’s a guaranteed breakout following shortly afterwards.
So my skin tip is that there is no one tip that can substitute for trying to live a balanced, healthy life. Easier said than done! But if you’re spending loads of money on beauty products and still feeling less than your glowing best, think about taking a bigger-picture approach to skin (and self) - care.