I think we’ve all been there: it’s the night before your photo shoot, and everything is perfect. You’ve got your outfits all laid out, you have your makeup and hair all figured out for the next day, and you go to bed dreaming about the wonderful day ahead. Then the morning comes, you stretch yourself awake and go to the mirror, and what do you see? Acne! Peeling skin! Dark circles under your eyes! You went to bed ecstatic and woke up to a nightmare. Fortunately, this scenario doesn’t happen very often, thanks to these five tips for keeping your skin healthy and fresh:
•Drink plenty of water
This is something I cannot stress enough. If you’re drinking at least eight glasses of water a day, then you’re well on the road to healthy skin. Consuming enough water for your body to function isn’t enough, as most of us can survive off of a glass or two a day, and often that’s all we’ll drink. But you’re only hurting your health and your skin if you’re not ramping up your water intake, and you’ll see many health benefits besides glowing, pimple-free skin. You may just extend your life a few years, and you’ll look great in all of them!
•Eat for your skin
Being on a specific diet regime can be cumbersome, at best. But this is another necessary step to having your skin looking beautiful come photo time. To keep a healthy balance, you’ll want to be regularly eating fresh fruits, greens, and getting sufficient protein and vitamins. One of those being vitamin C, since when it’s coupled with a diet low in fats and sugar, it’s the key to having radiant skin. It’s best to stay away from spicy foods, or deep fried snacks. Keeping your sugar intake low will also help keep your insulin levels down, allowing your cells to maintain a healthy balance, and your skin will reap the benefits from this!
•Beware the sun
The sun can be one of your worst enemies, when it dries out and peels off layers of your skin. That’s why it’s so important to add layers of protection while you’re out and about. You’ll want to wear a sunscreen with at least an SPF 15 that blocks UVA and UVB rays, with a label that reads ‘noncomedogenic’ or ‘nonacnegenic’, so that you know it doesn’t block out your pores, too. Even if the weather’s a bit overcast, don’t skip out on the sunscreen. On the days when the clouds are covering most of the sky, it doesn’t mean it’s clouding out all the sun’s rays too. Best to be safe rather than sorry!
Exercising regularly will do wonders for your complexion. Even though it takes some motivation to get out and run, or do some stretches and calisthenics, it will only help your efforts in keeping your skin pretty for your session. Just jogging for ten or twenty minutes will help your circulation, and accelerate the cleansing process for your entire body, to rid itself of all the toxins that mar your skin. You’ll notice that even a brisk walk will make your face glow, and the more you move, the more it will. After exercising, be sure to exfoliate and apply a moisturizer so your skin doesn’t damage or dry out!
•Sleep it off
In our modern times where we are all rushing around and trying to get hundreds of things done a day, we often forget the value rest has on our health, and for our skin. Getting less than six hours a night can end up damaging your skin by not letting it have ample time for repair while we sleep. If you’re getting at least eight hours a night, then your skin will feel just as well rested as the rest of you. You’ll notice you won't get bags under your eyes, and you feel refreshed more often. Be sure, though, to wash your face and moisturize before bed!
Follow these five tips, and you’ll be well prepared for your next photo shoot. Contact me here to book it now!