That old chestnut, you are what you eat is so true. If you eat an unbalanced diet low in nutrients then it is going to show on your skin. Even with the best make-up products it can be hard to create a beautiful complexion if the skin underneath is not at its best. Therefore, one of the most effective and long-term ways of maintaining flawless skin is to feed it properly from the inside. Choosing what you use internally is just as important as what you put on your skin externally.
There are many nutrients that play an important role in the health of our skin, the one of fatty acids being imperative. Some fatty acids can be made by the body, but the two essential fatty acids – Omega 3 Alpha-Linolenic Acid (ALA) and Omega 6 Linoleic Acid (LA) cannot, therefore we have to get these from our food. However, as well as often lacking these essential fatty acids, modern diets tend to contain more omega 6 than omega 3 which is the wrong ratio and can result to dryness, dandruff, inflammation and acne skin conditions.
Once you know you are feeding your skin the right nutrients from the inside, you can start to think about what you are using topically. Your skin will absorb a lot of what you put on it, so it is just as important to choose your skincare wisely. You don’t need to complicate things and confuse skin with too many products, a simple, regular regime is what is important. Use a gentle cleanser to remove make-up and daily grime, along with a gentle toner if needed to remove any last traces of cleanser. Melvita’s Extraordinary Waters are lovely to use after cleansing, they will refresh skin but also hydrate and treat. Next add moisture, Nude’s ProGenius Treatment Oil is great used at night, it contains omega 3,6,7 and 9 so is brilliant for feeding skin from the outside. You can also mix a drop of this in with your regular moisturiser to give it a boost. Take the time to massage it into your skin, stimulating and bringing blood to the skin’s surface will also bring nutrients and help give skin a glow. An exfoliator once or twice a week will smooth skin and add radiance.
Primers are the bridge between skincare and make-up. Vapour Organic Beauty’s Stratus Soft Focus Instant Skin Perfector will hydrate and feed skin but also help colour correct and start to diffuse imperfections and brighten skin. Apply after moisturiser and leave for a minute or two to sink in.
Use a lightweight foundation or tinted moisturiser to even out the skin tone and a concealer where you need more coverage. The high content of coconut oil in the rms ‘Un’Cover Up will help heal any stubborn blemishes as well as hiding them. Apply with your fingers or with a brush such as EcoTools’ Airbrush Concealer Brush, this is particularly good for buffing concealer in under the eyes. Apply a little powder, just where needed to set the make-up, leave a glow on areas like the cheekbones for a natural highlight. For extra luminosity try W3LL PEOPLE’s Universalist Colour Stick in No 2 on cheekbones, browbones, bridge of the nose and the cupids bow.
Louise Dartford started her career in make-up over 10 years ago. She has always been interested in natural products and experiments with them in her kit making sure that it is as clean and ethical as possible. Louise aims to show that eco-beauty is cool and we don’t need harsh, unsustainable or untested chemicals to look good.