Even more reason to eat oysters this summer… Zinc in these tasty mollusks is important for optimal skin cell growth and function. Just half a dozen will actually boost your daily zinc requirement by 500 per cent. “Zinc is a mineral that reduces the formation of damaging free radicals and protects skin's lipids, especially in Australia where our skin is exposed to the sun, pollution and dry weather. It can also improve skin cell production which can prevent the trigger of acne and skin flare ups,” says Health and Lifestyle Commentator, Sheridan Buchanan.
Be sure to balance your warm weather diet with dark leafy greens. They’re essential for improving elasticity and they offer a detoxification process that knocks out skin impurities that have built up in the body over time. Probiotics delivered daily keeps your gut flushed, hydrated and functioning so the nutrients from food that want to plump, firm and hydrate your dermis can be thoroughly absorbed. When your digestion is thriving, so too is your skin.
Make the most of mild mornings with a good sweat session. Perspiring is the result of increased circulation that sends more oxygen through your blood, not only flushing toxins that cause everything from acne to flakiness to rosacea, but also yielding a healthy glow.
Circulation also creates a condition perfect for the production of elastin and collagen. With these proteins presenting a healthy level in your skin you have the ability to retain moisture and effectively keep your complexion happily hydrated. It also aids the reduction of dark circles that become more prominent as the skin around your eyes ages and thins due to a lack of these essential proteins and overexposure to the sun.
Too many late nights now the days are longer might see you reaching for caffeine hits come morning and afternoon. While the occasional cup of coffee won’t do you any harm, its diuretic effect hinders your hydration. Add to that the salty canapés and cocktails consumed while party hopping and you’re minus a lot of moisture.
Be sure to supplement moisture-depleting food and alcohol with electrolyte-laden liquids, like coconut water. Packed full of potassium, antioxidants and minerals, a cup of coconut water will boost inner hydration. And when it comes to skin, make sure you are giving it a pick-me-up with an intensely moisturising cream, such as the Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream: packed with Niacinamide, Peptides, Olive Extract and Hyaluronic Acid, it hydrates intensely to make skin look firm and plump.
It’s not just on beach days that you need to apply SPF and a broad-rimmed hat. The perfect summer skincare routine means you should apply sunscreen every day because there’s no avoiding the sun completely. And when you do visit the beach always rinse with fresh water after a dip and indulge in a daily dose of cooked tomatoes.
These red beauties are rich in lycopene, a UV ray-fighting antioxidant that reduces redness and swelling from sunburn in case you miss a spot with your sunscreen. “Additionally, everyone wants clear glowing skin in summer and tomatoes have the ability to reduce and clear up acne thanks to high levels of vitamin A and vitamin C. Vitamin C also doubles as a great anti-ageing superhero as it aids in collagen production, keeping skin smooth, elastic and tight,” says beauty blogger Sarah Sayers. And instead of reaching for a glass of rosé at the end of the day, opt for red wine. Resveratol, a natural phenol found in grape skin has anti-inflammatory properties and can decrease sunburn redness.
Hot and sticky days are cause for dermis concern, especially when you spend them wiping the perspiration and grime from your face. The build-up of oils on your hands only act as a magnet to dirt that creates a film of nastiness on our face.
Try stepping up your cleansing game with a brush such as the Olay Regenerist Advanced Cleansing System. Simply use with your cleanser and apply light pressure to your face to remove make up and impurities; using a brush has been proven to be 4 times more effective than manual cleansing.
Invest in an SPF mineral make up powder with a self-dispensing brush. That way you’re not only flitting from fete to fete with a flawless complexion but you’re dutifully giving your skin a double dose of sun protection.
Before you apply it, be sure to add moisture to your skin with Olay’s Regenerist Micro-Sculpting UV Cream that contains Broad Spectrum SPF30. The non-greasy formula will instantly hydrate your skin whilst protecting it from the damaging UVA and UVB rays. For added glow, try the latest beauty craze - strobing. “Strobing is a fantastic way to add light and dimension to your face without caking on too much makeup - it also looks stunning when the summer sun hits your face and you are glowing like a goddess,” says beauty blogger Sarah Sayers. Make like a red-carpet regular and apply a small amount of highlighter to your brow bone, across the top of your cheeks and along the ridge of your nose for a luxe look that’ll take you from brunch to barbecue and beyond.
If you are looking for fast results from your skin, this is a regimen you will want to try. Aimed at accelerating skin renewal and deeply hydrating for plump skin and reduced wrinkles, you will notice results from Olay’s Overnight Miracle from day 1, and in 5 days you can expect to reveal stunning, youthful skin. Its powerful formula combines Niacinamide, Peptides, Hyaluronic Acid, Olivem and LysLastine.
The Olay Overnight Miracle consists of the Olay Regenerist Miracle Boost Pre-Essence used morning and night with the Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream for day and Micro-Sculpting Night Cream for night. With regular use it can make skin look up to 10 years younger.
To find out more about this Overnight Miracle, visit: www.olay.com.au.