Beauty trends may come and go (and I think we can all agree that orange fake tan looks good on no one!) but good skin is always in fashion. You know the kind we're talking about - plump, soft, even and clear. With the kind of glow that looks like you've applied an Instagram filter to it.
The good news is, it's actually possible to achieve healthy radiant skin. Here are four easy tips to help get you started. *Highlighting kit not required! Try them out and let us know what you think.
Apply Sunscreen Daily
The only acceptable excuse for ignoring the sun smart memo is if you've been living under a rock (and even then you should be applying!) When it comes to glowing skin, wearing sunscreen daily - with a minimum SPF of 30+ - is non-negotiable. Even if it's the middle of Winter or you work indoors. Sunscreen is crucial for preventing wrinkles, sunspots, acne scarring, and skin cancer. Remember: It's much easier to prevent the damage than it is to fix it afterwards.
Hydrate Your Skin From Within
Ask any beauty icon, and she'll now doubt credit her glowing skin to drinking 8 glasses of water a day. We suggest you try it too. That's because water helps clear the toxins that cause inflammation and blemishes, it also assists in transporting nutrients and oxygen to skin cells, and preventing dehydration, which can cause premature ageing. Unfortunately, glasses of Champagne do not count - but you could try our Gold Fizzing Sheet Mask to get a similar buzz!
Avoid Long, Steamy Showers
It's tempting to ignore this one if you've had a tough day, but remember long baths may be good for your soul, but they're not great for your skin. Extended showers with hot water remove oils and damage the surface of your skin. Limit your bath or shower to 5 to 10 minutes and use warm/cool, not hot water. Unwind and treat yourself by applying a sheet mask instead.
GO TO BED EARLY
Researchers have also found that mitosis - the process by which cells divide and repair - occurs roughly between 11 p.m. and midnight, whether you're asleep or awake. During sleep, the body releases human growth hormones, a necessary ingredient for collagen production - the protein that gives people shiny hair, strong nails, and glowing skin. Skimping on sleep raises cortisol levels, which can interfere with collagen production. If bedtime has drifted later and later recently, try moving it forward in 15-minute increments over the course of a week or two until you achieve at least a seven-hour minimum. Plan B: Try our Aqua Surge Overnight Mask for a similar effect!