The secret to clear skin

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We work out and eat healthily to look after our health and figure, but are you looking after your skin as well? Covering the whole of our bodies, the human skin is the largest and fastest-growing (and aging?) organ. It protects us and keeps us cool or warm. I’ve always liked a bit of a slight tan and don’t mind the freckles on my cheekbones, but my mum thinks otherwise. I’m glad she made me use cleanser and moisturiser very early on, but I never listen when she asked me to wear sunscreen, until this year…

I don’t like applying layers of make up or sunscreen on my face because I feel like they are clogging up my pores. However, recently, I found myself putting on sunscreen before heading out, with my mum’s voice saying, “I told you so” in my head. This country doesn’t get enough sun, and I get very excited when the sun is out. It is okay to spend time under the sun – we all need our vitamin D – but make sure you wear sunscreen and reapply. We want sun-kissed skin, not to look like lobsters. Seriously, sunburn is not hot.

Staying hydrated is as important; not only for our skin, but also for our health. Most people need about 1.5 to 2 litres of fluid a day, which is about 8 to 10 glasses, more when it’s hot or if you exercise a lot. I always drink a huge glass of cold lemon water in the morning before I eat anything. It wakes your body up and aids digestion. Bring a water bottle with you to the library and leave it on the desk. Drinking cold water keeps you awake and improves your metabolism.

Always remove make-up. No matter how tired you are, please don’t go to bed with your make-up on! Have some face cleansing wipes by your bed – your drunk self will thank you the next morning. A daily routine of cleansing, exfoliating, and moisturising is also key to happy skin – that applies to guys as well! Some people love face masks. You can just leave it on while you watch an episode of The Handmaid’s Tale.

Last but not least, the basics – exercise, eat fresh foods, and have enough sleep. People say, “eat the rainbow!” Berries are full of antioxidants; citrus fruits, bell peppers, kale and broccoli contain collagen-boosting vitamin C; I don’t have to tell you how amazing avocados are. Mix up your routine to beat boredom. Personally, I alternate between running, yoga, and a gym session to keep me motivated. One thing I noticed about getting old is that I can’t stay up late anymore (I don’t find myself particularly productive at night anyway). Starting my day early also means my body gets tired early. Without an alarm, I wake up naturally after a good six hours of sleep. Aging is inevitable but you can look younger with healthier-looking, glowing skin!

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