Looking to get radiant skin in time for the holidays? The fastest, most effective way to glowing skin is by combining both internal and topical treatments in your daily skin routine.
1. Adjust your diet today
Holiday parties are filled with tempting treats and goodies that are no good for your skin.
If your skin gets red easily or feels hot from within, stay away from hot and spicy foods. The same applies to rosacea sufferers. And sorry to say it, but alcohol is a big no-no for rosacea. For people with acne or oily skin, it’s best to eliminate dairy products and fried foods. Sugar and white flour create inflammation and can make any skin condition worse.
If you want to treat yourself, indulge with caviar and dark chocolate; both of them have health benefits and are also good for the soul.
2. Detox and pamper with healthy teas
Herbal teas are nature’s remedy for driving toxins from the body, gently and safely, but they also have great benefits for the skin. Drink 2-3 cups per day.
In the evenings, you can brew one cup for drinking and another to use as a wash. Let the “wash tea” steep for 10 minutes, then cool down to a lukewarm temperature. Use cotton balls or a washcloth to submerge in the tea. Apply to the face for about 10 minutes and allow to dry naturally.
Chamomile tea: Chamomile tea is the best choice to reduce redness. It acts as an anti-inflammatory, inhibits inflammatory acne and rosacea and has all-around calming properties. Internally, it also aids in reducing stress and benefiting sleep.
Green tea: Green tea is widely regarded as one of the best all-around superfoods, packed with antioxidants that reduce inflammation. Topical use of green tea reduces sebum production, gets rid of oiliness and protects against acne-causing bacteria. For rosacea sufferers who have sun sensitivity, green tea decreases the skin’s reactivity to UV light.
Rooibos Tea: Rooibos contains phenylpyretic acid, which can help to improve acne, psoriasis and eczema. You can apply a freshly brewed and cooled tea bag to the affected areas and it will soothe and heal any inflammation. It cleanses the pores and leaves the skin moist and supple.
3. Top up on turmeric
Turmeric is another skincare essential which can be taken internally and applied topically. Its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties reduce redness and eliminate the formation of pimples.
Internally, mix 1 teaspoon a day into food. Avoid internal use if you have a history of gall stones or are on blood-thinning medications.
Once or twice a week, turmeric can be mixed with water to use as a face mask. Leave it on for 10 minutes, and then rinse off with a gentle cleanser. Be careful to cleanse thoroughly so that your skin doesn’t turn orange.
4. Supplement with Zinc and Vitamin C
Clinical studies have suggested that Zinc may improve acne, heal damaged skin and reduce the production of sebum. Vitamin C can also help your skin to look healthy and supple. Start taking Zinc and Vitamin C now in preparation of the upcoming holidays.
5. Start taking Evening Primrose Oil
Evening Primrose Oil is rich in omega-6 fatty acids and is particularly effective in treating skin conditions like acne, rosacea, eczema and psoriasis. In eczema and rosacea, Evening Primrose helps to eliminate redness by reducing inflammation. In acne, it’s been shown to dilute sebum, reducing the risk of pores becoming clogged. It is commonly used for hormonal acne, when bumps appear on the chin and jaw line.
Start integrating these five simple tips in your health and beauty regimen in the weeks to come, and you’ll be sure to sparkle and glow this holiday season.