The Well‘s Business Development Manager Rachael Collins gives her top Autumn wellness tips and tricks.
Avocado, the ultimate in health foods, is an excellent source of antioxidant carotenoids which have free radical quenching compounds protecting your skin from environmental damage leading to fine lines and visible signs of ageing. High levels of vitamin E can reduce the effects of UVA and UVB radiation.
Nuts and seeds are not only a great source of fibre, they are also full of selenium and vitamin E, both of which help protect the skin from sun exposure.
Salmon is full of vital omega 3 fatty acids which keep skin supple and moisturized. Salmon also has high levels of selenium, a mineral that protects the skin from sun exposure.
Fish oil is one of the most popular supplements to take because of its abundance of omega-3 fatty acids which support a healthy skin inflammatory response.
Flaxseed oil is full of omega-3s and fatty acids with more anti-inflammatory and disease-preventing nutrients than fish oil.
Vitamin C, in particular Asorbic acid, has the most skin related research of any form of vitamin. Asorbic acid can help create younger-looking, firmer-feeling skin, whilst signs of uneven skin tone disappear. When applied topically the antioxidant neutralizes free radicals that age you.
AHAs or Alpha Hydroxy Acids help remove dead skin debris, sitting on the surface of your skin preventing new skin from forming. The bonds holding these dead cells to your skin are dissolved with AHAs. AHAs are excellent chemical exfoliators as they are very gentle, and considerably better for skin than harsh scrubs.
Retinol is the technical name for vitamin A, which can help increase the appearance of firmness and diminish the look of fine lines and wrinkles, as well as help even out your skin tone.
SPF Not everyone knows the importance of using an SPF every day, even in the winter! SPF is a measure of how much a cream will protect you from UVA rays but not UVB and free radicals. Look out for a moisturizer that protects from UVA and UVB rays and always aim for SPF30 and above.
HYDRATION IS KEY…
Hydration is key both internally and topically. Drinking two litres of water a day gives our skin the ability to melt the glue that holds dead skin cells together. Topically, it can help skin stay moist, supple and protects against premature ageing.
Sleep is imperative to repairing the skin and the more zzz’s we catch the quicker our skin regenerates and repairs itself. Our skin produces collagen whilst you sleep to help minimise wrinkles making skin plumper.
HOMEMADE TIP OF THE WEEK
Every week, we’re letting you in on our top homemade beauty and wellness secrets, so you can feel your very best without even leaving the house!
Wash your face with warm water to open the pores then mix poppy seeds with coconut oil to use as a scrub. Leave it on your skin for around five minutes to let the coconut oil sink in. Rinse the scrub away with warm water, then soak your face in ice cold water or plunge several times. Cold water is great to help tighten pores, reduce inflammation, puffiness and clarify your complexion. Follow with your active serums and moisturise.