Skin Deep: Taking care of your canvas 

By Natalie Petrellis

Have you ever wondered how some people have naturally flawless looking skin? Often it can be just genetics, but it also has a lot to do with how you look after yourself. Instead of trying to cover up unwanted scars, spots, or wrinkles, consider what you can do to improve the health of your skin. Below are a few things that you can do to help better the quality of your skin.

Make sure you drink plenty of water everyday. Elle MacPherson drinks three litres of water daily and gets at least seven hours of sleep. Water keeps your skin hydrated and plump looking which means fewer wrinkles. This also means you should eat a balanced diet. Everything is good in moderation, but just make sure you are getting all that your body needs, as deficiencies can make you look and feel dull and tired.

Cleanse/exfoliate, tone, moisturise—In that order. You may not need to cleanse as much as you exfoliate or vice versa—everyone’s skin is different, so go see a professional if you don’t know what you need. Make sure you are buying products for your skin type and stick to a routine. Remember not to over clean your skin as this can irritate it as well.

Also, try to avoid touching your face as you can spread bacteria. This also means avoiding squeezing pimples and blackheads as this can leave nasty scars and sores. Try gently drawing oils to the surface by washing your face with warm water and using Teatree oil on blemishes. This will help them to clear up on their own.

Buy a moisturiser that is also a sunscreen. This will keep your skin moisturised but also protect it from sun damage. Look for UVA and UVB protection. Perhaps consider buying a good pair of sunglasses as well (UV400), as this will stop you from squinting and having tired looking eyes.

Pamper yourself and routinely use facemasks. There are many great products you can use at home, including ingredients from your own kitchen (like avocado and honey). But if you’d like something simple and readymade, Sukin, The Body Shop, and Lush all have amazing masks for a variety of skin types.

Try to find makeup with less parabens. Though it can be hard to find the right shades you’re looking for, a variety of products are becoming more widely available as consumers demand for more ethical makeup. Have a look at Lush’s colour supplements and tints.

This is also a reminder to look for natural products that can benefit your skin like rose hip oil, as the fatty acids within it help repair damaged skin (wrinkles, redness, scars, and burns). While coconut oil can be a great moisturiser, and can help soothe sunburnt skin, as can Aloe Vera.

Remember that as you age and/or move to different climates and experience changing seasons, your skin will change too. Your skin is the largest organ your body has and it is also your protective layer. So it’s important to look after it as best as you can in order to be healthy, and have lovely looking skin regardless of age.