Penny’s Top 10 Beauty Tips!

A client said to me today “How do you get your skin to glow?” Now I’m not into superficial blogs, and I am certainly no princess, but don’t we all want to know how to have a glow and look gorgeous, naturally?

Did you know your cosmetics have a huge impact on your hormones? Well that’s another blog soon to follow, in the mean time I am letting you in on my beauty regime secrets to, one, keep your skin glowing and two, make your insides happier!

  1. Drink lots of water. Now I will presume you all know this but how many of us actually do it? This is my number one tip for clear skin; it also helps the body flush out toxins.
  2. Don’t wear makeup. I know, shocking isn’t it! But trust me, foundation clogs your pores making your skin worse. Apart from natural mascara I don’t wear makeup (apart from for a special occasion or photo shoot) and isn’t a clearer, more natural complexion just beautiful!
  3. Eat better. Studies have shown a connection with high GI foods, processed foods and grains with bad skin (1). If you have severe acne, a Paleo diet would help. This goes without saying that the healthier you are on the inside the clearer your skin will be on the outside. The top foods in my diet for clearer skin are purple and deep red foods like purple and red sweet potato, blueberries and tomatoes, green vegetables such as broccoli, kale and spinach, and I drink lots of green tea.
  4. Eat oily fish. My top secret! I eat an array of fish daily. Fish is a great source of omega fatty-3 acids, cold water, oily fish are loaded with EPA&DHA. The best sources of fish for blemish free skin are mackerel, salmon, anchovies and sardines.
  5. Eat coconut oil and also use it as a moisturizer. Yes the very same amazing coconut oil that you eat with, it has many benefits and many uses. I have one tub in the kitchen and one tub in the bathroom! It is also an excellent mascara remover.
  6. Use apple cider vinegar as a cleanser and toner. Vinegar is a great natural astringent and toner so why use harsh chemicals on your skin when we have access to what nature gives us. I simply apply ACV on a cotton bud. If you have sensitive skin you may want to dilute it as ACV draws toxins out of tissues so can be quite harsh on its own if you have delicate skin.
  7. Use chemical free cosmetics. After all, your skin is your largest organ and a massive sponge so what you put in and on makes a difference, not only does it effect your hormones but it can leave your skin looking worse. Things to look for are:

No Paraben

No Sodium laurel sulphate

No Petrochemicals

No Chlorine

No Mineral oils

No Propylene Glycol

No Formaldehyde

No Sulphates

No Silicone

I use and recommend products by:

And the wonderful people at Ecostore

8. Get plenty of beauty sleep. Sleep allows the skin to restore its natural balance and increases the effectiveness of certain skin care ingredients. Long term, chronic sleep deprivation leads to dull, dehydrated complexion. And dark bags under your eyes are not sexy, fact.

9.    Don’t burn your face. Wear paraben free sunscreen when in harsh sun, excessive sun on your face will cause premature ageing and no one wants wrinkles earlier than they should!

10. Get Sweaty. Being sweaty gets a bad wrap but sweating is actually your body’s way of releasing toxins, which have, built up in your pores. If they’re not released, your skin can break out and cause pimples, rashes and other skin infections. There are many ways to get sweaty…….wink wink, but I would recommend a decent workout obviously, and I am also a fan of saunas and steam rooms.

Yours in Health, Hormones & Happiness