So much emphasis is put on products and diet when it comes to maintaining clear, youthful skin -and of course these are important. But life (and “just one drink”) sometimes intervenes, and I wake up with panda eyes, a headache, and some seriously neglected skin. So I have been searching for a back up plan, to avoid scaring the hell out of my neighbour’s children come Sunday morning.
1. A Silk Pillowcase
The tightly woven smooth fibres of silk help keep moisture close to the skin, and help prevent wrinkles. Silk is also more gentle on your hair, and while I’m not promising a tangle free mane, it apparently helps reduce breakage and split ends. Washing your pillowcase twice a week also reduces the build up of bacteria, so if the investment of a silk case is beyond your budget this is a more wallet friendly option.
True the juice is notorious for being absolutely disgusting (I am not that hardcore that I can pretend to like it), but I have found wheatgrass capsules that don’t even have an aftertaste. When taken every day, they can increase energy, contribute to glowing skin, and reduce the pain of the morning after quite substantially.
According to nutritionist Karen Fischer, Cameron Diaz (who has suffered quite publicly form adult acne), and dermatologist Dr Adebola Dele-Michael, sweat contributes big time to clear skin. A 2011 study from the Archives of Environmental and Contamination Toxicology found that sweat is one of the better ways to eliminate toxins from the body – and can be as easy as 20 minutes in a steam room (also a fantastic hangover cure, provided you bring a few litres of water with you). I try to sweat once a day either through running, gym classes or when I’m feeling lazy, a long hot bath.
4. Shampoo and conditioner
This stuff washes all over your skin (and possibly into your eyes when your hungover…not claiming guilt on this one or anything…) and is choc a block full of chemicals! Have you ever read the back of the bottle? Due to my recent issues with greasy hair, and subsequent OCD reading of the back of shampoo bottles, I am very familiar with the laurel sulphates etc that are usually lurking there -and noticed a massive difference to my skin (particularly the décolletage area) after switching to a more natural selection. Dr Bronner’s soap makes a great shower gel if you chose to go the whole hog on this.
5. Body brushing
I had read about body brushing ad nauseam in every guide to curing or reducing cellulite before I actually gave it a go myself. And guess what….its a fundamental part of any anti-cellulite home treatment because it works! According to Karen Fischer it also helps detox the whole body, by improving circulation and using the largest detox organ your body has -your skin. Miranda Kerr is also a fan. Finding the time to do it and make it part of your routine is another issue altogether, but if it’s good enough for Miranda Kerr it’s good enough for my thighs.
Would love to hear anyone else’s secrets!