5 Beauty Habits That Will Transform Your Skin

Getting the skin of your dreams isn’t always simple. We talk to three beauty experts about five changes you can make to your skincare routine that will benefit your skin in no time at all. 

Know Which Products to Splurge On

Reaching for skincare with a higher price tag might seem like a failsafe way to get the skin of your dreams but best-selling author and queen of busting beauty myths, Paula Begoun, says don’t be so hasty. “Over three decades of research, I’ve never seen an instance where price had anything to do with quality,” Begoun says. “There are good and bad products in all price ranges,” she adds. 

While it is possible to invest in an effective skincare routine without breaking the bank, Begoun says working out how much you should spend can be confusing as many of today’s complex formulas do cost more to make. “There’s a sweet spot between spending more than what is truly needed and not spending quite enough,” she says. 

Begoun says that rather than over analysing price tags, turn your attention to ingredients and how products are packaged. “For example, buying a wrinkle cream packaged in a jar is a bad idea no matter what the price. This type of packaging causes vulnerable yet beneficial ingredients to break down from the first use.” 

You Are What You Eat

Katy Bacon, education manager for Murad Australasia Pacific, says she is frequently asked about the role that diet plays in skin health. The occasional indulgent meal won’t hurt she says and a few squares of dark chocolate every now and then could even be good for skin – flavanols found in chocolate could help improve blood flow to the skin and increase hydration.   

“However, we are ultimately what we eat,” she adds. “You have an estimated 19 million skin cells on every square inch of your body. You need to be asking if you’re feeding them right to look your best.”  Bacon says that the connection between diet and skin health and ageing is becoming increasingly clear through scientific research.  “That big weekend or those poor diet choices trigger hormonal fluctuations and inflammation in the body, both of which encourage acne.”

Bacon says that foods that are absent of nutrients such as white bread, processed breakfast cereals, white rice, potato chips, alcohol, cookies and cakes are all considered ‘anti-health’ for your body and skin. Instead, she recommends eating a diet rich in vegetables, whole grains and fruits and thinking of what you put in your mouth as a way of nourishing your skin. Find out more about the role gut health plays in skin health here

Get Your Beauty Sleep

Start burning the candle at both ends and it will start to show on your complexion. While you’re busy getting serious shut-eye, your skin cells go into overdrive – in fact, it’s the most important time when it comes to letting your skin repair itself.  “During the night is when our skin really gets to work,” explains Tracy May Harriott, global education director for PRIORI and Elizabeth Arden Pro. “It renews, regenerates and neutralises the effects of the day.”

Because nighttime plays a crucial role in keeping our complexion healthy and radiant, it’s important to make sure that your nightly skincare routine is providing your skin with what it needs to rejuvenate overnight. “Your nighttime skincare routine is a great way to help skin rejuvenate itself and treat concerns like wrinkles, pigmentation and brown spots,” explains Begoun. 

But before you even get to slathering on those lotions and potions, you need to ensure you cleanse your complexion thoroughly. While May Harriott says it’s great to invest in high-quality skincare, she says without cleansing properly your creams and serums won’t be as effective. 

Wear SPF Every Day

Begoun says that too many of us focus on finding the best “wrinkle cream” or moisturiser and in doing so, overlook the importance of daily sun protection. “Simply put, without daily sun protection in a product loaded with great antioxidants and skin-restoring ingredients, you won’t get the results you’re hoping for from any wrinkle cream or other types of anti-ageing product.” To ensure you’re protecting your skin, Begoun says to make sure that your daytime moisturiser has an SPF and is applied as the last step in your morning routine.  

Stick to a Routine

If you’ve lathered on your newest skincare purchase in the evening and expected to wake up with the skin of your dreams, you’re probably not alone. Unfortunately, miracle products don’t exist, and it usually takes some time before you notice results. Every product and brand is created differently, this is too generalised to give exact science, but as a rule, we always say as the skin renews itself every 28-30 days,” May Harriott explains. “You are always best giving a new product a month to really see a full skin-cycle change, then the product starting its work.”

At the end of the day being patient and sticking to a routine day after day is crucial says May Harriott. “Consistency is key. Dip in and out of a product and you will get a similar result – inconsistent,” she explains. “Like anything; diet, exercise etc. skin is the same – repeat daily for results.” 


Great Gut Health Could be the Answer to Radiant Skin

Could great gut health be the answer to radiant skin? We find out from Carla Oates, founder of Beauty Chef. 

While there might be a lucky few that are genetically blessed with flawless skin regardless of diet, founder of Beauty Chef, Carla Oates, believes the majority of us can’t have good skin with a poor diet. “People are noticing when they’re eating healthy and looking after their diet, their skin is changing, they’re noticing real results”, she says.

Oates says she realised the significance of the role the gut plays in good skin when her daughter developed bad eczema. After doing plenty of reading on the link between gut health and eczema, Oates decided to put her daughter on a gut-healing diet protocol, cutting out gluten and dairy, and then reintroducing food. “I did a lot of research on fermented foods and why they’re so good for gut health,” she says. “We both started eating these fermented foods and we noticed such a huge change in her skin. I felt so much better about my skin, too – it was glowing. That’s how my first product Glow really came to be.”

Oates’s Beauty Chef philosophy is that beauty begins with the belly, and all her inner beauty supplements focus on bio-fermented, wholefood nutrition with prebiotics and probiotics. But she says a healthy diet is still crucial for good gut health. “Ideally, I would love people to use my products to supplement a really healthy diet. If you’re taking the supplement and drinking [cola] every day, you’re undoing all the good with loads of sugar,” she explains.

Skin is an incredible barometer for what’s going on inside your body, believes Oates. “If we’re not getting the right nutrients we’re going to suffer from a host of problems,” she says. An unhealthy gut that is in need of some serious TLC could come across as fatigue, irregular bowel movements, bloating and other problems with your bowel movements. “If your gut is really unhealthy, it will show on your skin,” says Oates. And it could show as a dry, lacklustre complexion that could be prone to dermatitis.

To promote good gut health and radiant health, Oates advises a diet rich in low-GI, unprocessed foods. “It’s loads of coloured fruits and vegetables and food that’s easily digestible, and good fats, leafy greens, prebiotic foods and soluble fibre,” she says. As for skincare, Oates says we still definitely need a routine, but when we’re looking after our gut and our diet, our skincare doesn’t need to work as hard. “You don’t need as much skincare but you still need to protect the epidermis from environmental assault.”

SMART TIP: Add turmeric to curries, stir-fries and even smoothies. This powerful spice has strong anti-inflammatory effects that promote healthy gut bacteria.