Suffering from healthy skin envy? We hear you. When it feels like you need a 10-step program and a cabinet full of powders, primers and other potions to achieve the kind of complexion your friend (apparently) rolls out of bed with, it’s probably time to review some tried-and-tested tips for healthy skin.
While there’s no such thing as perfectly flawless skin, we guarantee that following these five fundamental rules of skin-lovin’ self care will get you closer than ever to the complexion of your dreams.
5 Skincare tips
1. Limit sun exposure
Getting enough vitamin D is important for your overall health and wellbeing, but living “down under” means that you can definitely have too much of a good thing when it comes to sun. Being a little sun-kissed is fine, but if you’re spending a few hours out and about during the middle of the day when UV is highest, your skin is more likely to sizzle. In addition to the cancer risks, over time, this also contributes to dryness, loss of skin elasticity, fine lines, dark spots, and premature aging.
That’s why it’s essential to ‘slip, slop, slap!’ if you want your skin to stay youthful and luminous. This can involve wearing sun protective clothing and a big hat, keeping some sunscreen in your bag, and finding a shady spot when the sun is blazing.
And PS: for sun damage repair, La Tropica Body Serum works a treat!
2. Up the hydration
If your skin is looking a little dry, dull, or overall ‘blah,’ your first suspect should be dehydration, the culprit behind many common skin concerns.
While lines and wrinkles develop naturally with age and facial movement, the appearance of many finer lines can actually be greatly improved when the skin is properly hydrated.
Drinking enough water per day is therefore a must, as is rejuvenating lackluster skin with moisture-rich products. We especially recommend applying our luxurious Hemp Jelly to quench parched skin, as well as our Renewal Serum to lock in moisture.
3. Be eeeextra gentle!
Sometimes when we get particularly frustrated with issues like our clogged pores, spots, dark circles, or dry patches, it’s tempting to double down and over-exfoliate, over-cleanse, and rub the skin vigorously. Or worse – to pick, scratch and squeeze blemishes and flakey skin. If your skin isn’t behaving how you want it to, now is not the time to bully it. Being rough with our skin has the opposite effect and can cause it to become even more sensitive, compromised, and aggravated.
Instead, be kind to your natural protective barrier. This means patting and blotting your skin to dry it instead of rubbing, avoiding hot water, and enlisting the help of super soothing and skin-friendly products.
At Cannabella, our entire range is designed with gentleness front-of-mind. Our Unfiltered Hemp Seed Oil is infused in all our products and is rich in essential fatty acids to calm down an inflamed complexion. Alongside our hemp hero, we have other natural oils such as Shea Butter, Beeswax, Jojoba, and Avocado Oils, plus a range of health-restoring vitamins like Vitamin E and A to bolster your skin’s natural defenses.
4. Nourish from within
Your skin is a reflection of what is going on internally, which is why a nutritious diet doubles as an important beauty treatment. In general, your skin loves you when you prioritize whole foods, close to nature, from the best sources possible in your diet. In particular, keep your kitchen stocked with lots of greens, fatty fish, citrus fruits, broccoli, and nuts to help replenish the elastin in your skin. These are foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which skin seriously can’t seem to get enough of.
On the flip side, definitely be mindful of your consumption of alcohol, refined carbohydrates, sugar, dairy, and processed meats.
5. Consult a dermatologist
Okay, but what if you’re following ALL the skincare advice and your skin still seems to be throwing hands?
Here’s where you’ll want to cut the guesswork and get a good dermatologist on your side. Dermatologists are trained to diagnose and treat a wide range of underlying conditions, from hormonal acne and allergies to psoriasis, eczema, and rosacea. Chronic conditions like these require ongoing management, and dermatologists are well-equipped to suggest tailored topical treatments, diets, and lifestyle changes to keep your skin on its A-game.
They will also keep an eye out for any spots that could develop into skin cancers, which is why regular screening is crucial.