So, you’re flicking through the pages of Cosmo and whether the models are young or old, male or female, plus-size or super slim - the one thing they all have in common is their flawless skin!
Annoyingly flawless, perfect skin.
If this sounds familiar, it’s time to take action. We’ve all been there, wondering why everyone else has been blessed with glowing, perfect skin while you have pimple break-outs, dry spots and an oily t-zones.
Forget Insta filters and ignore that green-eyed monster - it’s time to learn how you too can get flawless skin.
“Anything less than six hours of sleep and I have to cover all the mirrors in my house!” – Jennifer Lawrence
Beauty sleep isn’t just a meaningless term, it’s real and if you neglect to catch enough zzzs - your skin will suffer. Try to get at least eight hours of uninterrupted sleep a night, as a well-rested body will help you to enjoy flawless skin.
Your body needs to get lots of sleep to give you the energy you need to function when you go about your daily routines. While the more rest you get will certainly help you to feel better, it will also work to make your skin look fresher, younger and more youthful.
After all, you never see your favourite celebrity with racoon eyes!
“Once I drink the water, I feel it immediately. I go from being a wilted plant to one that has been rejuvenated by the rain.” – Cameron Diaz
We recommend that you guzzle down at least eight glasses of water throughout the day to cleanse your system. This will rid your body of toxins and flush out impurities that can cause spotty outbreaks. It will also plump out your skin, helping to stave off unsightly wrinkles and aging lines.
Here are some watery facts to help you to understand why drinking H20 can help you to be healthier:
According to the Institute of Medicine, we should drink at least 2.2 litres of water a day and this should be drunk regularly throughout the day, rather than gulped down in a few helpings.
It’s also a good idea to avoid sugary drinks, alcohol and too much caffeine as this will all dehydrate your skin, but herbal teas that are rich in antioxidants can be a great way to protect the cells in your body from damage.
“‘I love to quench my skin, keep it really hydrated!” – Katie Holmes
Another top tip for having flawless skin like a celebrity is to moisturise regularly. And if you want to know how important it is, then ask Katie Holmes who loves to keep her skin looking perfect by using a high street brand everyone knows - Olay:
Charlize Theron is another celeb who swears her radiant glow is all down to her night time moisturising regime and she likes to slather on a more expensive face cream – Dior Prestige.
Hollywood A-lister Gwyneth Paltrow likes to put her moisturiser on before applying makeup and calls Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentrate a ‘super moisturiser’ at just £20 per tube.
Keeping your skin moist and hydrated can be done by regularly treating your skin to some moisturiser and here are some top tips on how to reap the benefits of using a moisturiser:
Here comes the science bit: Moisturisers work to retain water in the skin and it increases the barrier between your skin and the air, which can dry it out and should be part of any skin care routine.
“In a thousand years, archaeologists will dig up tanning beds and think we fried people as punishment.” - Olivia Wilde
As well as gulping down glass after glass of water and using a moisturiser regularly, you will also need to apply sunscreen to protect your skin from harmful UV rays.
According to studies, 80% of the visible signs of aging are put down to sun exposure including:
It can also be the cause of skin cancer and protecting your skin from the sun’s dangerous rays shouldn’t be something that we only do while on holiday.
Suntan cream will block UVA and UVB light, and his can be applied along with your makeup to help to protect your skin and the key to protecting your skin from the sun?
Apply it on a daily basis.
Just because it’s cloudy outside, that doesn’t mean that these harmful rays aren’t coming through the clouds. Incorporate the use of suntan cream into your makeup application routine – whatever the weather is doing – and protect your skin from the effects of sun damage.
"I feel most beautiful at night when I take my make-up off and it's just me." – Ashely Greene
We’ve all been there.
It’s that dullest time of the week, a Wednesday evening, and you think just one-night sleeping in your makeup won’t hurt. But as many of us know all too well, it will take days to repair the damage done by spending the night wearing a full face of slap!
The more makeup you wear, the more important it is to take the time to remove it properly and while using soap and water may remove most of your makeup, you may require some makeup remover to get your face thoroughly clean.
Handy Tip: Buy some wipes, so you can remove heavier makeup once you climb into bed – then there’s really no excuse to sleep with your slap on!
"Once you realize the consequences, it's no longer an option for you to smoke.” – Matt Damon
There are many, many terrifying reasons why you should give up smoking and if you love your supple, youthful looking skin then that’s just another good reason to put down that poisonous pack of smokes.
Nicotine won’t only destroy your health but it will also damage and ruin the structure of your skin. It will cause your skin to take on a dull, grey look, it will sag, wrinkle and look listless. And to accessorise this dreary look, you will have yellow-stained nails and teeth.
All-in-all, smoking is not a beautiful look for anyone and if the carcinogenic effects of smoking for your health isn’t enough to put you off, then we hope having skin like a 95-year-old by the time you hit 60 is.
"I have the same food philosophy for myself as I do for my kids. We eat mostly lean protein and fresh fruit and vegetables, nothing processed or from a box.” – Jessica Alba
Eating a well-balanced, healthy diet plays a pivotal role when it comes to our wellbeing and health. But did you know that what you eat will affect how good your skin looks and feels?
There are lots of strict dos and don’ts to obey when eating a healthy diet and it can quickly become confusing when greeted by a surplus of conflicting information sources, all claiming to be correct.
So, we’ve put together a checklist of the main things to avoid and the best dietary habits you should follow to get flawless skin:
Fun Fact! Did you know that cooked tomatoes increase the levels of SPF in your skin to help you to build up a natural protection against the sun’s harmful rays?
From regularly moisturising and drinking lots of water, to getting lots of sleep and protecting your skin from the sun - there are lots of things that you can do to get flawless skin like your favourite celebrity.