Beauty secrets

Radiant, flawless and young looking skin is an important beauty factor and one of the key indicators of health and inner well-being.

In order to keep your skin youthful, resilient and radiant in the long term, you need to use valuable cosmetics treatments but also, equally importantly, to revise your daily routine following a holistic approach regarding your health and beauty.

  • Enjoy your beauty sleep
    Don't deprive your skin of sleep - it uses that time to regenerate and recover from day activities. The majority of recharging and recovering takes place during the hours of 11pm and 1am and you need no more than 7 to 8 hours of night sleep in order to give to your skin the opportunity to fully renew itself by growing new cells and replace older ones. Lack of sleep makes blood vessels to dilate, causing dark circles and puffy eyes while skin looks dull and lifeless.
  • Your skin is what you eat
    The food we consume plays a major role for skin's well-being. As a result, in order for skin to look healthy on the outside, it must also be healthy in the inside. This is why dermatologists recommend the consumption of skin superfoods:
    • Fruits and vegetables are rich in vitamins and antioxidants that protect against free radicals, enhance collagen production and promote a radiant, blemish-free and firm complexion.
    • Omega-3 & 6 fatty acids, found in fish, nuts, olive oil and sunflower protects from dryness and inflammation.
  • Drink plenty of water
    Eight to ten glasses of water per day are essential in maintaining the elasticity and suppleness of skin. Water also keeps skin hydrated from the inside and contributes in the elimination of toxins.
  • Exercise your skin
    Exercise gives your face a healthy glow by increasing blood flow while sweat clears the body of toxins and removes dead skins cells leading to cells renewal. In addition, exercise infuses skin with the oxygen and nutrients needed for collagen production. Devote at least 30 minutes every day for exercise (preferably walking or jogging) and see your skin toned and glowing.
  • Be smoke and alcohol free
    Smoking tends to destroy vitamin C and damage the elastic tissues that keep the skin tight. Furthermore, except the risk of lung cancer and cardiovascular disease, smoking prematurely ages the skin while limiting its ability to self-repair.
    Drinking liquor, on the other hand, tends to expand blood vessels causing red spots and itchiness. In addition, alcohol affects vitamin A, an important anti-oxidant factor that repairs skin tissue. If necessary, prefer to drink red wine that is rich in polyphenols, a potent anti-oxidant highly valuable for skin.
  • Nice and clean
    Facial cleansing is the basis for beautiful and fresh complexion. Keep in mind that dust from the air, sebum and sweat are accumulated on the skin on a daily basis fragmenting the pores. Clean your face at least twice a day – once in the morning and once before going to bed. After cleansing, skin must not remain unprotected or dried out. Always follow with a suitable face cream or serum.
  • Avoid stress
    Continuous emotional upheavals can make your skin look 5 years older than your chronological age. Constant anxiety increases the stress hormone cortisol, which causes inflammation that breaks down collagen. It also triggers a chain of responses that can lead to facial redness and acne. Regular exercise, breathing exercises and scheduled "relaxation time" help reduce stress and therefore improve overall health as well as skin appearance.
  • Sun protection
    Nothing is more important than wearing sunscreen every day. Even 10 minutes of daily exposure to UVA "aging" rays can cause changes that lead to wrinkles and sunspots in as few as 12 weeks.
  • Be proactive
    Develop a relationship with a dermatologist. You don't need to wait for a skin problem to book an appointment. A specialised dermatologist can treat everything from embarrassing blemishes to serious conditions, but he/she can also advise you about the right products for your skincare routine and discuss about your personal skin needs.