Hello readers, Michael Browne here
This week I want to talk to you about loving the skin you’re in: because no amount of make-up can mask an ugly heart… so remember to be good to one another and to be good to your skin
As a makeup artist I have a healthy skin obsession- good skin, good makeup application and if you look after your skin- we MUA’s thank you for an easy application Nowadays, people are all too quick to put their skin through harsh solutions, be it cosmetic surgery or Botox. I say ‘try everything you can before any of these extremes.’
There are many different things you can do to help your skin look less tired or dull and to alleviate dry skin and/or breakouts. We all know, or if you don’t you should: cleanse, tone and moisturize, but if I am being honest doing only this is not enough. Looking after your skin starts from within so a healthy or even somewhat healthy diet can make a huge difference, so plenty of green veg, and remember to drink your RDA of water- the H2O stuff is truly amazing for your skin.
If you are still having issues with your skin, there are also multi vitamins and supplements you can take if your diet isn’t quite cutting the mustard, so to speak. Holland and Barrett in the Market Cross has so much in stock it is impossible not to find something suitable for you and yours.
DIY masks and natural exfoliating scrubs are a healthy natural alternative to other more expensive products out there. They truly are a treat for your skin. I use a honey and a fine grain sugar scrub twice a week on my own face- I love the results! it scrubs away the dead skin cells and leaves my skin feeling and looking fresh and revived. There are a lot of different recipes for making your own masks at home, I would suggest looking them up online. I use a mixture of egg white and a few drops of lemon juice and a single drop of lavender oil for a fresh scent. Apply the mixture across your face avoiding your eyes and leaving gaps for the mouth and nostrils. Leave on from anywhere from ten to twenty mins until mixture is dry then wash off with warm water. The egg white contains protein and helps tighten the skin and boost collagen production while the citric acid in the lemon keeps blackheads at bay. As I said the lavender is for a fresh scent and makes for a relaxing experience.
Mango’s are another tool to help your skin in boosting collagen production, I mix up shredded fresh mango and natural yoghurt- this one is messy but also tasty, so you would be forgiven for some slipping into your mouth .
So just a rule of thumb regarding your skin: what you put in, you get out- so remember, save the treats for your skin and leave the junk food. At the end of the day it’s called junk food for a good reason.