It’s no surprise that you often feel your best during the summer. You tend to eat better (hello, fresh fruits and veggies!) and get more exercise, and a healthy sun-kissed face can be an amazing confidence booster every time you look in the mirror. But just because fall has arrived (and winter is just around the corner) doesn’t mean that your skin has to suffer. Keep that summertime vibe alive with our tips for keeping your skin fresh and glowing.
Eat Your Way to Brighter Skin
Research has shown that eating more fruits and vegetables with yellow, orange or red hues (think carrots, peppers and tomatoes) can bring noticeable warmth to your skin tone. Vitamin C–rich foods like broccoli, peppers and strawberries can help your body produce collagen, while melon is packed with carotenoids, which help your body produce vitamin A, an important antioxidant that protects your skin from oxidative stress. Also try swapping one cup of coffee a day for green tea, which contains antioxidants that protect against harmful free radicals.
Revamp Your Skincare Regimen
Give your skin a boost with products that brighten your skin tone and help reduce the look of tired eyes. First, wash your face with Olay Regenerist Luminous Brightening Cream Cleanser to gently exfoliate and brighten without over-drying. Follow up with Olay Eyes Ultimate Eye Cream to fight puffy eyes and dark circles. Then moisturize with Olay Luminous Tone Perfecting Cream Face Moisturizer to help give your skin a healthy-looking glow. Now you can apply your makeup – but you may be tempted to skip it altogether and go bare!
Fit in Your Zzzzs
We all look the worse for wear after a bad night’s sleep, and that’s because skin uses snooze time to repair and renew. If you lose out on rest, you can over-produce adrenalin, which damages your skin’s moisture barrier and can even break down collagen and elastin. Aim for 8 hours of sleep each night to allow your body to work its magic.
Sugar and refined carbs like white bread, pasta and rice are broken down quickly in the gut, which causes blood glucose levels to spike. This spike can make you crash later, and it can also cause inflammation, which is bad news for fresh-looking skin. Swap those processed carbs for whole grains – oats, brown rice, whole wheat bread and pasta, quinoa and rye – to keep your blood sugar levels stable.
Research has found that doing regular cardio exercise, or something that gets your heart pumping and leaves you sweaty, can help improve your skin’s texture. When your heart pumps faster, it increases blood flow to your skin, which ramps up nutrient delivery. Enhanced blood flow encourages skin cells to regenerate and remove toxins more efficiently. Exercise also reduces stress hormones, which encourage inflammation and can worsen conditions like rosacea. If you exercise outdoors, always apply a moisturizer with at least 25 SPF, even on cloudy winter days. With its light-as-air finish, we recommend Olay Whips SPF 25 to help provide protection against the sun’s harmful rays.
Clean Your Phone
According to one study, phones can harbour more germs than a public toilet. And think about it – all those germs sit directly on your cheek as you chat away, which can cause blemishes and irritation. Wipe down your phone daily to keep dirt and germs away from your beautiful skin.
How do you keep your healthy glow year-round? Share your secrets with us in the comments below.