How to wake up to a fresh dewy face? Our patients are constantly asking us how to look flawlessly fresh and have that radiant glow?
It is no secret to be honest but a good skincare routine will get you there (well, almost!).
Step 1: Wash & Exfoliate
Sounds simple but finding the right face wash and exfoliant may not be easy. A good skin wash should leave your skin feeling clean and fresh but not too dry. Look at your skin, are you oily, normal, dry or combination skin? Don’t spend a fortune on skincare especially those over the counter products. They may claim to have ‘active’ ingredients in them to penetrate the skin and cross the membrane, but those expensive ‘active’ ingredients are not really active and will only sit on your skin and not do much else. Exfoliate at least once a week but don’t go crazy. Your skin, after all is the barrier to the outside world, don’t over strip it, you will cause more harm than good.
Step 2: Moisturise
Your skin needs a moisturiser even those with oily skin. There is no need to get caviar or gold in your moisturizing cream though. So, put your money towards something else rather than £250 on a pot of sea goodness (you know what I mean). You can opt for cream or serum. If your skin is dry, cream may keep the moisture longer and if your skin is oily, serum will not make it look even more oily. If you are lazy, like me, then I want a magic pot of cream with everything in it, like Vitamin C and E especially. Cosmeceuticals tend to have more active ingredients in them and they are rather inexpensive. A good skin or aesthetic doctor should be able to point you to a good one.
Step 3: SPF
Now, those UV rays penetrate through whether the sun is out or not. Therefore, not using a SPF in winter is not sensible at all. The damage from the UV rays is not just irrepairable but can be harmful and can cause skin cancer! So, get yourself an SPF for all season. SPF 30 is sufficient in the autumn and winter but in spring and summer, SPF 50 is a better bet. You can also get tinted SPF if you like.
Step 4: Drink water
Keep hydrated with water, yes drink WATER. It is recommended that you drink at least 1.2 litres of water a day. That’s 6-8 glasses.
Step 5: Sleep
You should try to sleep 7-9 hours each night. When we sleep, our body repairs, restore and rejuvenate our skin amongst other things.
Step 6: Eat well
A healthy and balanced diet can surely help with healthy dewy skin. Good skin food includes salmon, mackerel, avocado, walnuts, sunflower seeds, sweet potatoes, broccoli, tomatoes, green tea and dark chocolate (in moderation)!
Step 7: A good Skin Expert / Aesthetic Doctor
Now, you often look at those beautiful people on the red carpet with a radiant glow and that fresh dewy face, when you see papped photos of them the night before at event parties. How do they look so glammed and still so dewy?! Good make up you say? Yes of course but they also have access to good skin gurus and aesthetic doctors who can help them with a red carpet facial, skin tightening with radio frequency, skin peel, a touch of skin boosters to plump up the tissue and an array of other treatments to help them look their best on that red carpet. You too, can be the BEST version of yourself. Get yourself on the first 6 steps – those are essential, then perhaps when you are ready, invest into a trusted aesthetic doctor to help you defy gravity and still look your best!