Skincare is where the wellness and beauty industries come together but learning to protect your skin’s health is much more than a beauty fad - it is a valuable self-care tool that not only improves the appearance of your skin but promotes overall health and well-being.

Investing in proper skincare habits at any age can guarantee a glowy, radiant complexion; it is one of the best ways to promote general health.

Your complexion is one of the best indicators of overall health - when we are not feeling our best, too often our skin shows the first signs.

Achieving a radiant glow is not about investing in expensive products or invasive treatments - but utilising the natural ingredients at our fingertips to elevate your skin’s appearance.

We are NOT about quick fixes or claims to transform the skin’s surface in 24 hours - we promote a holistic approach to skin health that not only focuses on the products used on your skin but lifestyle factors such as sleep, stress, diet, water, mindful movement, deep breathing and much more.

The secret to a healthy complexion does not involve a total routine overhaul - pledging to change everything at once is a difficult undertaking that may be difficult to stick to. Incorporating a few simple steps gradually and consistently will begin to show positive changes your skin will thank you for.

Suppose you have in the past engaged in habits that may not have been the kindest on your skin, not to worry. There is no time like the present to begin your journey towards naturally vibrant skin.

Below we take you through some of the most effective ways to achieve a natural glow from the comfort of your own home - and it won’t cost you a fortune. Once you begin to incorporate these tips into your routine, you will begin to feel the best version of yourself - your new radiant complexion will almost be a bonus.

Achieve a natural glow in just five simple steps

Step One: Nutrition: Rejuvenate the skin from within

When looking to nature to optimise skin health - the first step is to consider what’s on your plate. Your diet is fundamental to improving the skin’s appearance and slowing down the ageing process.

We’ve all heard the phrase ‘eat the rainbow’, and this is no different when it comes to skin health. The more colour on your plate, the better - this ensures you get a wide range of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. From leafy greens to vibrant red fruits and veggies to orange foods such as oranges and carrots - these are antioxidant-rich foods that are kind to the skin. Healthy fats - perhaps demonised in the past - play a major role in brightening the appearance of your skin - foods such as olive oil, avocado, nuts, seeds, and oily fish should be incorporated into your diet. Many fruits and vegetables have high water content - including melon, pineapple, cucumber berries and broccoli - integrating these into your diet is a great way to give your skin an added hydration boost.

We are often cautioned against consuming foods with a high salt and sugar content and ‘bad’ fats such as monounsaturated fatty acids and trans fats. These foods are inflammatory and can lead to dull and tired-looking skin. However, everything in moderation is key and sticking to a 80% wholefood diet will ensure balance and harmony within your body.

We prefer to adopt the ‘add in’ method - where you maintain a focus on foods you are adding into your routine as opposed to what you are cutting out. We encourage a gradual reduction of processed food in your diet. The best part is - the more nutrient-rich food you eat - the more you crave it - and the less processed food you eat - the less you crave that too! One small step at a time toward a more balanced diet can have a powerful impact on the skin’s appearance.


Step Two: Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate

Adequate water intake is one of the easiest and more affordable ways to achieve a luminous and natural glow. Ensure you are drinking at least eight glasses of water per day to unlock this powerful benefit. Increase water consumption beyond this if you are exercising rigorously, spending time in the sun, or drinking lots of coffee and tea.


Step Three: Beauty Sleep

‘Beauty sleep’ is far more than an industry myth, and getting the recommended 7-9 hours of sleep a night can transform your skin’s health. Sleep is the most effective way to rid you of common skin complaints such as puffy eyes, inflammation, and dark spots.

Sleep interruptions are sometimes inevitable and on days where you feel the pinch - ice your face in the morning to stimulate blood flow and reduce puffiness. We recommend popping two spoons in the freezer for 20-30 minutes and placing them on your eyelids to return to your natural glow.


Step Four: Adopt a Mindfulness Practice

We all know that stress can take its toll on many areas of our lives - but it can also wreak havoc on your skin. Being in a state of stress can aggravate existing skin conditions or lead to a dull and tired complexion. Stress has been linked to many skin conditions, from dry skin and acne to premature ageing and the appearance of wrinkles.

If you are suffering from stress and find it is standing between you and your best glow- try incorporating a mindfulness practise into your daily routine. This can be anything from meditation, yoga, breathing exercises, spending time in nature or simply adopting a more mindful approach to daily tasks.


Step Five: A Skincare Routine Inspired by Nature

A simple skincare routine that focuses on cleansing, exfoliating, and moisturising the skin with natural ingredients will brighten the skin and strengthen the skin barrier. In just a few small steps - the skin will appear more radiant than ever.

CLEANSE: Cleansing is the most important foundation of a good skincare routine. Daily cleansing removes blockages, build-up, oil, sweat, and pollution so that your skin is pared back to a clean blank canvas, which will assist with the absorption of nourishment and hydration from the products you apply afterward. We recommend cleansing morning and night, for two minutes each. 

Nature is our biggest healer - so look for an organic cleanser with natural ingredients to use day and night.

Dry skin tip: for dryer skin types, cleansing your face once daily is enough. Wash your face every evening to remove make-up, dirt and oil that have built up throughout the day. Splashing your face with cold water in the morning helps lock in hydration and does not strip the skin of its much-needed moisture.

NOURISH + MOISTURE: Next, think about a high-quality moisturiser or serum that will hydrate the skin after you have cleansed. Look out for natural ingredients such as coconut oil, shea butter, and aloe vera and active ingredients such as vitamin C, hyaluronic acid, niacinamide and vitamin A.

EXFOLIATE: Next, you will want to think about face-brushing or an exfoliant for use 1-2 times a week to remove dead skin cells and unleash your natural glow. Homemade exfoliates can be made by adding coconut oil to brown sugar or coffee beans. For store-bought products - again, look for natural ingredients with some active ingredients such as BHA, AHA or glycolic acid. If your skin is not accustomed to the use of active ingredients, build them up gradually, starting with weekly use.

PROTECT: SPF is the fourth and arguably most important step in your skincare routine - invest in a mineral, broad-spectrum SPF with UVA and UVB projection. Ensure all products are free of sulphates and parabens, and other harmful chemicals. The shorter the ingredient list - the better! SPF provides vital projection from the harmful effects of the sun on our skin, including premature ageing, dehydration, and pigmentation.

Incorporating these habits into your daily routine will provide a long-lasting change to your health and appearance - guaranteeing brighter, clearer skin and, of course, that highly sought-after natural glow.

Once you start noticing results, you will quickly become hooked on the "new skin conscious you".

Learning to implement and stick with these new daily habits will become as smooth and as seamless as your new complexion.