Achieving glowing skin is on most people’s beauty to-do list nowadays. Glowing skin means healthy skin, and it can be achieved with a good diet, exercise, the right supplements and a skincare plan professionally tailored to your skin type. Increase your skin’s natural exuberance by following our tips for glowing skin. It won’t happen over night, but with a bit of commitment, it will happen! Here are our top tips to making sure you are always treating your skin with the love and attention it deserves, to make sure it has that GLOW. Get those Zzz’s It’s easy to push back bedtimes, and crack on early with the day when you’ve got a busy schedule, but making sure you get enough sleep is one super easy way to ensure your skin is getting the best possible care. A solid 8+ hours of sleep each night does wonders for your body and skin. When we’re asleep our bodies get to work doing some essential repairs from the inside out. During sleep the body produces human growth hormone which is a crucial ingredient for collagen production. So it doesn’t take long to notice when you’re not getting enough sleep, as your skin begins to look dull in appearance. Lack of sleep however, can lead to inflammation which can contribute to acne. It can also lead to an increase of the stress hormone cortisol which breaks down collagen. Want that glowing look? Let your body get enough rest and start seeing results very quickly. Personalised Skin Plan Here at Total Body Concept we won’t just expect you to know what you’re doing as soon as you leave the clinic, instead we’re more than happy to write you up a personalised skin care plan. Taking into account all the intricacies of your unique skin type and lifestyle, we’ll work together with you to make sure that even when you’re between facials, your skin is getting the best care even from home. Use Specialty Products Instead of settling for your old ‘bottom of the drawer’ type serums, exfoliators or moisturisers, it pays to put some care into your products even when they’re in your own bathroom cabinet. Ensuring your skin stays feeling good post facial, make sure you keep up the hydration with a really good moisturiser, and that you’re cleansing your skin too – particularly at the end of the day before you head to bed. Making sure you’ve got a cupboard of really good skin care at home means looking after yourself quickly becomes just part of a very easy routine. The 30 / 70 rule – Caring for your skin at home Whilst treating your skin to a facial sure is a worthwhile experience, to really make sure your skin is in tip top health, the work continues even after you’ve left the clinic. To get optimal improvement in your skin, results come from 30% the treatments you receive and 70% what you do at home, using the best products you can afford. Moisturise, moisturise, moisturise! Moisturising daily is essential to ensuring that your skin stays hydrated at all times, and therefore, gets that ‘glow’. Moisturisers help to hydrate the skin by locking in water with ingredients like “occlusives,” which prevent water loss in heat or wind. When skin is properly hydrated, skin cells can rapidly repair themselves and turnover fresh cells, which means huge anti-aging benefits down the road. Wear Sunscreen Despite the common misconception that sunscreen is only needed on sunny days, in actual fact a decent sunscreen is a necessary part of any daily routine. Sunscreen helps to block harmful UVA and UVB rays which advance the signs of ageing and wrinkles in the skin. Start Drinking More Water It can’t be said enough; drinking water is one sure way to get your skin looking firm, hydrated and glowy, and chances are you need a little gentle reminder to keep drinking! Take a fun reusable water bottle with you throughout the day and you’ll be amazed by how much more you drink – when something is in front of you all the time it acts as the perfect reminder to hydrate. Water has a huge amount of benefits for your body. Not only does drinking water help keep the skin moisturised, it also boosts your immune system leading to a decreased likelihood of catching colds which leave skin feeling dried out. It’s recommended that you drink at least eight 250ml glasses of water a day to ensure you stay hydrated throughout the day. Eat for the Glow! There’s a common belief that beauty on the outside comes from the inside, and there’s truth to it. When it comes to looking your best, naturally, what you put into your body is just as important as what you put on your body. The vitamins and nutrients in the food you eat can leave a lasting impact on your skin. Eating food, particularly fruits and vegetables high in vitamins can ensure your skin looks its very best. Getting enough Vitamin C helps to aid your body in producing collagen, which reduces wrinkles and fine lines. Vitamin A helps in the body’s development of epithelial cells, required for skin regeneration. Take Probiotics A beautiful complexion is all down to how you care for your skin, and this starts from the inside of your body. Gut health, in particular, is essential for healthy skin thanks to its role in creating nutrients. This is where probiotics come in. Probiotics come in different forms; including digestive forms and topical forms, and there is no one form that is best for everyone. The Best Facial for Glowing Skin Introducing Christchurch’s best facial for glowing skin: the Vitamin Infusion Facial. The Vitamin Infusion facial is a luxury one hour treatment that includes an infusion of Vitamin A and C to revitalise your skin’s appearance, increase suppleness and stimulate cell growth. For a smoother and brighter complexion, our Vitamin Infusion facial includes a glycolic peel. As one of the strongest AHA’s, glycolic acid is great for lightening and brightening the skin, so for best results, add a glycolic peel to the Vitamin Infusion facial to achieve healthy, glowing skin. Try the ‘Hollywood Facial’ A breakthrough laser facial treatment, Laser Genesis is a highly effective skin care system that stimulates the skin’s natural processes by remodelling collagen to improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and skin texture and to reverse the signs of aging, sun damage and facial redness to promote a vibrant, healthy looking complexion. Kendall Jenner and Amanda Seyfried both swear by Laser Genesis as a non-invasive skin treatment that diminishes acne scars and builds collagen. Reverse – Prevent – Maintain If you are new to Total Body Concept then this Guide to Glowing Skin is a great place to start on your skincare journey with us! At our Christchurch-based skin care and laser clinic we offer a full range of facial treatments, from skin peels and microdermabrasion to laser facials including Laser Genesis (aka the ‘Hollywood’ Facial) and IPL for skin rejuvenation. Our highly trained skin specialists will expertly navigate your skin concerns and real results you can see. We will give you a comprehensive skin consultation at your first appointment at Total Body Concept followed by a detailed at home skincare plan.