Skin tricks

There is no denying it – being a mum to any child is tiring. Not only does it fatigue your body and mind, it also fatigues your skin.

It is usually when you are asleep that your body naturally increases its ability to fight environmental damage; because your body doesn’t have to work to protect your skin during the night and it can zone in on repairing the damage done throughout the day. If you have lost sleep due to tears and feeding you may find that your skin is looking a little sallow.

Follow these tricks to have that skin glowing again in no time:

  1. For both face and body, use a moisturiser that is specific to your skin type. And ideally look for products containing hyaluronic, this will lock in hydration and attract moisture to the surface of the skin where it is most needed. If you prefer to go all natural – coconut oil makes a great moisturiser for most skin types.
  2. Finding that you are snacking during night feeds? Go for a snack that will enhance hydration even further. Choose water rich fruits and vegetables such as cucumbers, watermelon, and apples, your skin will hydrate from the inside out and release powerful free-radical fighting antioxidants when you return to sleep.
  3. Always remove all traces of make-up at night! Make-up clogs the pores and will prevent any product you apply at night from penetrating the skin correctly. Make it easy by choosing an eye make up remover, cleanser and toner in one. There are so many great options out there these days.
  4. Try to exfoliate, face and body twice a week. It doesn’t have to be a big deal simply use your oh so smooth olive oil body scrub in the shower to renew and regenerate even the most tired skin.
  5. Keep up with your Tuesday treatments during the program and you will see a huge difference.
  6. Water, water and more water. We know you have heard it before but there is good reason for it – it’s true!
  7. Use sunscreen even if it isn’t sunny. A good sunscreen will protect skin from free-radical damage and keep you looking a lot younger for a lot longer.
  8. Get moving to increase blood flow and circulation, this helps our system flush cellular toxins and debris. The rush of fresh blood to the skin will help cleanse your pores.
  9. For skin to look its best it needs vitamins A, C, D, E, biotin (known as vitamin H), zinc and essential fats. Get these from your diet by eating a varied; nutrient dense diet, this is how to get yours:
  • Vitamin A: sweet potatoes, carrots, dark leafy greens, winter squash, dried apricots, cantaloupe, bell peppers, tropical fruits, barley grass, butter, egg yolk, hard cheese, liver, mint, spinach and oily fish. Vitamin A is a fat soluble vitamin, and therefore, needs to be consumed with fat in order to have optimal absorption.
  • Vitamin C: Red capsicum, dark leafy greens, kiwifruit, broccoli, berries, citrus fruits, tomatoes, peas, papayas and brussels sprouts.
  • Vitamin D: Fatty fish (salmon, mackerel, anchovies,sardines, herring) fish liver oils, egg yolk, butter, beef liver, cheese, milk. Vitamin D is synthesised by action of sunlight in skin.
  • Vitamin E: almonds, spinach, apricot oil, beef, corn, egg yolk, hazelnuts, sunflowers, wheat germ, sweet potato, avocado, butternut squash, trout, olive oil.
  • Biotin: legumes, nuts and nut butters, bulgar wheat, egg yolk, liver, oats, whole grains, milk and meat.
  • Omega-3 essential fatty acids: seafood and oily fish, walnuts and walnut oil, flaxseed and flaxseed oil, chia seeds.
  • Zinc: beef, kidney beans, blueberries, spinach, capsicum, egg yolks, ginger, herrings, lamb, oysters and seafood, sunflower, flaxseed and pumpkin seeds, whole grains, yeast