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How to look after your skin on holiday from the inside out

-Jul 11, Hannah Hargrave, Beauty -

It’s not just what you put ON your skin when you’re on a sun-soaked holiday that will protect it, it’s how you look after it from the inside too.

The first thing that likely springs to mind when you think about holiday skincare is sunscreen, and you’d be absolutely right. But in addition to ensuring you’ve got the SPF well and truly covered there are ways you can get your skin to glow from the inside out.

So here’s how you can fuel those skin cells aside from what you put on its surface.

Hydrate

Just as you feel lack-lustre and weak when you’ve not drunk enough water, so does your skin. Drinking at least eight 8oz cups of water a day is even more important when you’re out in the sun and sweating. So to keep those skin cells plumped up with water to avoid wrinkling, sagging and itchy skin add more H20 to your diet. 

If sipping regular water is just too boring for you try infusing it with fruit and also eat water-rich foods, like cucumber, watermelon and spinach.

Also green tea is great for reducing puffiness and blemishes so if you’ve over indulged the night before and perhaps had one too many cocktails a cup of green tea could be just what you’re looking for.

Eat right

It’s not just your waistline that benefits from a balanced diet. While it can be very tempting to over-indulge in salty, sweet and fatty foods on holiday, try not to let yourself go entirely, because your body and your skin won’t thank you.

Much about a good complexion comes from what you eat so packing your diet with glow-boosting, antioxidant, Vitamin C is a sure fire first step. Many fruits suitable for a summer holiday contain the vitamin, including blueberries, strawberries, oranges, kiwi and papaya. 

Next up omega-3 fats can make your skin less sensitive to the harmful rays from the sun (but don’t take that as a reason not to use sunscreen) and will also assist in keeping skin supple and moisturised. Omega-3 fats can be found in fish such as salmon, herring and mackerel. 

Vitamin E is also an antioxidant which will help protect your skin from oxidative damage. Avocados are a fantastic source, as is fatty fish.

Related: Superfood treats to make your skin glow

Supplements

You can give your skin – and your hair, nails and general wellbeing for that matter – a boost by adding Lumity Day and Night Supplements to your healthy, balanced diet too. 

The three morning capsules and three nighttime ones assist in giving you your best complexion because they are packed with vitamins, C and E. They also contain Selenium and Zinc which help protect your body from oxidative stress. In addition the nighttime supplements are high in Omega-3’s and amino acids so they can get to work on keeping skin radiant, elastic and supple as you sleep. 

They even come in hand travel sizes so you can easily fit them in your carry on. Or better yet try Lumity’s Travel Collection which includes a mini-sized version of the new 4-in-1 Cleanse Nutrient Saviour which won’t be available to purchase until September.

Sleep

Late nights come hand in hand with a summer getaway and as you enjoy cocktails or dinner with your loved ones time can quickly creep up on you. We’re certainly not saying you have to tuck yourself up in bed while the fun is still happening but be mindful that a lack of sleep can play havoc with your skin. More sleep, means less of the stress hormone cortisol which breaks down collagen – the stuff that keeps your skin supple and youthful looking. 

Related: Expert tips for better sleep

Remember you want to come back from your holiday well rested, not ready for another break!

Exercise

We get that you don’t want to be pounding the treadmill while you could be laying on a white sandy beach with a book in your hand. But finding time for a bit of exercise when you’re away will benefit your mind, body, soul and your skin! 

Related: How to fall in love with exercise again

A workout improves circulation and blood flow to the skin meaning more nutrients and oxygen reach it. So as long as you clean your skin immediately after you’ve worked up a sweat, exercise can help your skin sweat out dirt and oil so you can have a mini-facial post exercise too.

You don’t have to hit the gym to get active. Go for a walk and explore the local area, hit the pool, take a dip in the sea or even rent some bikes. An active vacation is still an enjoyable one. 

If you found this article interesting you might also like to read about the 5 ways to get that summer glow and discover why you should chose mineral sunscreen.

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