Give your skin new life with these beauty products, plus five great tips for healthy habits that will help you glow.
Over the past months, the prolonged summer weather in Canada left us exposed to excess heat, humidity, smog, pollution, and UV rays. These culprits may generate unwanted damage like wrinkles and age spots, but thankfully, the effects can be visibly reduced. To give your skin a much-needed detox, we've compiled a list of products and healthy habits to help clarify your skin, reduce visible damage, and provide protection from the outdoors all year long.
RESOURCES TO REPAIR & PREVENT DAMAGE
1. PREVAGE® Anti-aging Daily Serum
This is number one on our list for good reason. 80% of skin aging is caused by harmful free radicals generated from environmental factors like UV rays and pollution. To help improve your skin's natural condition, start with Elizabeth Arden's premiere cosmeceutical skin care line PREVAGE®. PREVAGE® Anti-aging Daily Serum contains the powerful antioxidant idebenone, which can visibly reduce the look of fine lines, wrinkles, age spots and discolouration.
2. Coconut oil
Not just a summer trend, we can continue to bathe our skin in coconut oil as we move forward into the winter months. As part of your evening routine, massage into dry hands and feet, use as a lip balm, remove makeup, and naturally nourish skin.
3. Aloe vera gel
Like coconut oil, all-natural aloe vera gel is equally effective in curing sunburns and enveloping your skin in moisture. Aloe vera leaves are potent with bioactive compounds including vitamins, minerals, amino acids and antioxidants. Topical application of the gel can increase collagen production and improve skin elasticity.
4. Vitamin E gel
Use a clean sewing needle to pop open vitamin E gel caplets and massage the oil on your face as an overnight treatment for puffy skin under the eyes. Apply to scars or dark spots to help heal and lighten the appearance.
5. Tea tree oil
This powerful natural health product is widely known for its anti-inflammatory properties and is most notably used for treating stubborn acne and breakouts.
HEALTHY RITUALS TO IMPROVE SKIN'S APPEARANCE
6. Take a bath
Find balance at the end of a long day and draw yourself a warm bath with Epsom salts to help relax muscles and eliminate toxins from the body. Sprinkle in drops of lavender oil for a soothing aroma to prepare you for bed. Cut thin slices of fresh cucumber or rest warm black tea bags on your eyes to reduce swelling and redness.
7. Get a good night's rest
Prioritize a nightly deep sleep to serve as a natural cure for restoring your body, mind and overall health. Plan your day accordingly to schedule 6-8 hours of sleep. Wear a sleeping mask or take a low dosage of a natural and mild sleep aid like melatonin. A solid night of rest restores the skin around eyes by reducing bags and puffiness and creating a more vibrant appearance. Without question, you simply look better after a good night's sleep!
8. Maintain a healthful diet
Food is a delicious component of your overall health, and nature provides an abundant pantry of antioxidant-rich ingredients to help heal your body from the inside out. Incorporate natural juices of leafy greens and root vegetables like beets, carrots, spinach and kale to derive the highest concentration of vitamins and minerals from natural food sources.
9. Be mindful with your movements
Movement is key to promote blood circulation and to generate healthy skin. Exercise can take on many forms, including brisk walks, yoga, and meditation. Yoga is a low-impact practice that focuses on calm breathing and intentional movement that helps to increase blood flow and naturally flush toxins from the body. You can also try visiting a steam room to help promote blood circulation.
10. Apply your city armour
Nature may provide us with key antioxidants to counteract the environment's harmful elements but we also need external protection. If you live in a city like Toronto or New York, try PREVAGE® City Smart Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 50 Lotion. Outsmart the city with this first-of-its-kind broad spectrum SPF 50 skin shield that combines pollution and UV protection with a DNA Enzyme Complex to strengthen and hydrate skin. Nourish your skin with the protection it needs to maintain youthful looking vibrancy.