If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the years as a self confessed beauty and skincare lover, it’s that while glowing skin can come from a bottle (hello, Get Up And Glow!) it’s a combination of great products and caring for your skin that gets the ultimate results.
Here are my top 6 ways to care for your skin without using products.
1. Wash your makeup brushes
It’s kind of gross to think about, but our makeup brushes can quickly accumulate old makeup, dust, sweat and bacteria on them. If they’re not cleaned regularly, all of that is getting reapplied to our face each time we use the brushes. This can cause inflammation, clogged pores and breakouts.
It’s best practice to clean your makeup brushes weekly. I clean mine using soap and water. I give them a good rinse and then pop them in the sun to dry.
2. Drink plenty of water
I know, I know. It’s a boring reminder, but drinking plenty of water really does help to care for your skin. I aim for 2 litres a day. I don’t always reach that target, but my skin thanks me for it when I do.
3. Sleep on a silk or satin pillowcase
Silk or satin pillowcases do an amazing job at helping to keep your skin smooth and your hair frizz free. They can get a bit hot in summer though… a bamboo pillowcase is a great alternative.
I have to admit that I’m not a fan of sweating. It’s just not the kind of glow I’m after, but I do know that when we move, we circulate our blood which carries oxygen and nutrients around our body. This is a very good thing for our skin.
Exercise also helps to reduce stress and apparently makes you feel good afterwards. I say apparently, because I’m almost certain I’m missing those endorphins, but I do enjoy a brisk 30 minute walk most days.
5. Eatings lots of fresh fruit and veg
Your skin will definitely thank you for it if you ditch the processed foods and go for fresh fruit and veg instead. I try to eat a protein packed salad for lunch every day. It doesn’t have to be fancy or instagram worthy – think lettuce, cucumber, tomato, carrot, chicken, balsamic dressing and you’re good to glow!
Beauty sleep is definitely a thing! While we slumber our bodies heal, recover and regenerate cells. Getting a solid 7-8 hours of sleep every night can be a challenge, but a sleep routine can help. I try to avoid being on my phone for a couple of hours before turning in for the night. I also try to stick to a regular bed time (10pm) Of course, applying Sleep On It just before bed also helps.
I hope those tips help. If you have any questions, leave a comment below and I’ll answer them for you.