Sometimes it feels like the journey to healthy skin never ends——just when the last acne heals, a new zit pops up. The truth is, beauty starts from within, and unless you also get rid of your daily bad habits, even the best skincare products will not be able to give you the glowing dewy skin you have been longing for.
Stress can trigger your body into releasing more cortisol, and this can manifest itself in the form of several skin issues including overall tired appearance, dehydrated skin, acne and inflammation, irritations, fine lines and wrinkles and baggy eyes.
So take some time to decompress, whether it be meditation, traveling, yoga, exercises, or even binge watch some TV shows!
Studies have shown that only getting 5 hours a night can lead to twice as many fine lines as sleeping 7 hours would. This is because the skin makes new collagen when you sleep as part of its self-repair process, and the more collagen the skin has, the plumper it will be, and with less wrinkle.
Sleep deprivation also causes a decrease in blood flow to the skin surrounding the face, which will lead to dull, lifeless skin, as well as panda eyes.
Dairy, which is filled with proteins, hormones and sugar, may affect genetic information in the skin, causing inflammation or affect oil production, subsequently leading to acne. Thus, if you have acne-prone skin, dairy is the first thing to go.
On the other hand, sugar (even in savoury foods!) causes the body to produce lots of insulin, which are often linked to breakouts and psoriasis. It also reacts with proteins to form advanced glycation end-products (AGEs), which accelerate the aging process. Quitting sugar makes collagen and elastin more supple, radiant, elastic and resilient, and thus a more glowing, dewy complexion.
As we get older, the speed and efficiency of our cell renewal process decrease significantly——from 14-21 days in our 20s, to 28-45 days in our 30s and 45-60 days in our 40s on average.
With a buildup of dead skin cells and excess sebum, skin will look dull, skin texture will be rough, pores will be clogged and enlarged, acne will appear, hyperpigmentation will take longer to fade, and skincare products, no matter how expensive and amazing they are, won’t be able to penetrate properly and effectively.
LA BELLA FIGURA
Gentle Enzyme Cleanser <- Click to shop
With pineapple, papaya and pumpkin enzymes, which are gentle enough for even the most sensitive skin, it gently exfoliates and improves enlarged pores, blemishes and dullness. Whilst, ingredients such as Damascus Rose Hydrosol, Marshmallow Root and Reishi help to balance skin, promote skin cell regeneration and collagen synthesis, fight free radicals, as well as hydrate and brighten.
No. 9 Exfoliant <- Click to shop
Contains natural effective yet gentle AHAs, BHAs and PHAs, together with Goldenseal, Licorice Root, Mulberry, and Aloe Leaf Juice, etc., it removes dead skin cells, unclogs pores and prevents acne, while providing anti-inflammatory and antibacterial actions.
The skin is 64% water, so when it is dehydrated, it will look less plump and dewy. Here’s the trick, your weight (kg) x 35-40ml is the amount of water you should at least drink per day.
However, as water reaches your skin last, it is important to choose skincare products that contain humectants, such as beta-glucan, sodium hyaluronate, sodium PCA, aloe vera, glycerin, and honey to help pull water into the skin. Try to put on your skincare, including a powerful hydrating serum, within 60 secs after cleansing to avoid trans-epidermal water loss. You may also want to pat on additional layers of toner in-between products to give the skin an extra boost of hydration.
Immersion Serum Concentrate <- Click to shop
Besides having ultra-hydrating ingredients including Aloe Vera Juice, Beta-Glucan, Panthenol, planet-based-HA Cassia Angustifolia Seed Polysaccharide, Bamboo Sap and Allantoin, it is also packed with 3 forms of Peptides, Niacinamide, Reishi, Gotu Kola and Chamomile etc. to stimulate collagen synthesis, reduce wrinkles and inflammation, regenerate collagen fibers, brighten and rejuvenate.
Ideal Brightening Corrective Serum <- Click to shop
In addition to ample hydration, clinical studies have shown that the 12 powerful botanical ingredients, including Yarrow, Lemon Balm, Lady’s Mantle, and Mallow, work synergistically to effectively reduce the intensity of dark spots (including sun, age spots and acne scars), even skin tone, and brighten skin.
Oils, which are emollients, prevent the evaporation of hydration from skin by creating a barrier. If you’re not a big fan of oils, at least try to mix a couple of drops into your moisturizer. This will also add some extra glow to your complexion without any greasiness or heaviness.
We do however suggest avoid certain comedogenic oils such as mineral oil, olive oil and unfractionated coconut oil as they may clog pores.
holi(oil) Ageless Face Serum <- Click to shop
With a base of Rice Bran Oil and Rosehip Oil, as well as Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Calcium Ketogluconate, Damascus Rose Extract and Helichrysum and Sandalwood Oil, not only can holi(oil) nourish the skin, it also reduces fine lines and wrinkles, promotes cell and collagen regeneration and self-hyaluronic acid production, reduces redness and acne, soothe and improve rosacea and eczema.
Serum Bioluminelle™ <- Click to shop
Combining Carrot Seed Oil, Prickly Pear Seed Oil, Green Coffee Oil and Black Seed Oil, which are known to have superior anti-inflammatory and regenerative properties, as well as Ursolic Acid, Beta-Glucan, Elastin Protein, Ginseng, Reishi, and Turmeric etc., it balances skin, soothes and reduces acne, removes toxins, promotes collagen and elastin synthesis, and reduces hyperpigmentation.
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