We are so excited to be launching our new “Happy Skin” course with Jennifer Rock the renowned Skin Nerd and her team this September! Jennifer joins the blog to give you a taste of the nuggets of wisdom on our new “Happy Skin” course sharing 5 skin saver tips!

On the new course we go through ‘Happy Skin Savers’ and ‘Happy Skin Sins’, which will help you to establish a healthy skin routine that will become second nature to you by the end of the four week course!

These tips come from working with many brands and experts around the world and my 13 years of experience dealing with skin. I learn first-hand every day, through speaking to clients and noting their feedback. Within our first two years of The Skin Nerd, we consulted with 10,000 people, as members of our online ‘Nerd Network’. I base my advice on the results I see and science.

Do your best to follow these and, with a little daily effort, the journey ahead will feel a lot less like climbing ‘Mount Skinimanjaro’ but, instead, will feel like an idyllic learning experience with tangible and lasting results.

5 of The Happy Skin Savers

1. Aim for to sleep for seven hours a night

While you sleep, your skin is no longer busy trying to constantly protect you from everyday life. This means that it has proper time to heal and regenerate at night – immunity, metabolism and hydration levels have time to adapt and to regulate.

Among many issues, not getting enough sleep can lead to fluid pooling under your skin, which is the puffiness that many people find under their eyes when they’ve under-slept.

Napping doesn’t count. The energy needed to repair the cells during sleep is being used elsewhere during daylight hours. Also having a high-quality sleep is essential, REM – rapid eye movement, the period of sleep when we dream – is a real concept, not just a music band!

When you sleep, your blood flow increases, so your skin refreshes itself, cells are given nutrients, your body relaxes into REM which enables it to re-energise and recuperate from the day that’s just ended and prepare itself for the day that’s about to start.

We know it’s not always easy to get 7 hours, especially if you have young children or you work shift hours. So, like with all these tips, just aim for whatever is best for you.

2. Drink eight glasses of water a day

Water hydrates the whole body, including the skin. You do, however, need to ensure that you’re also consuming enough essential fatty acids to keep the water in (more on this later). While water alone is not the answer – nothing alone is the answer. Remember, skincare is a jigsaw puzzle, each piece impacts the entire picture. Hydration is key to skin volume. Up to 60
per cent of the adult human body is comprised of water. The more water the skin has, the plumper it appears and the more support it has.

If your skin is dehydrated, it will feel tight, taut and may have a coarse texture to it. Think of a raisin versus a grape – our goal is the juicy grape! Visually, this means the skin has a childlike youthfulness and dewiness to it, with plenty of moisture to boot.

3. Remove refined sugar from your diet

The “Happy Skin” course is focused on a wholefood plant-based diet and that means no processed foods and no processed sugar. Processed foods are nutritionally poor, full of empty calories, salt, and are packed with unhealthy refined sugar and preservatives – all of which are bad news for your skin.

However, fruit contains naturally-occurring sugars and fibre, which slows down the release of these sugars into the blood stream. It is also packed with vitamins and minerals, which processed sweet foods are lacking, so feel free to tuck in!

Keep in mind that maple syrup and other natural sweeteners are still just another form of sugar and not a health food.

4. Boost your intake of fruit, vegetables and whole foods

Again, this course is based on a wholefood plant-based diet, so that means you will be eating fruit, veg, beans, legumes and wholegrains instead! By eating fruit and vegetables, we are feeding the skin from within and giving it all the antioxidants and goodness it needs to boost its health and help with signs of ageing. By ageing, don’t mean wrinkles necessarily, but fighting the degeneration of the tissue that is skin.

Antioxidants are the unsung heroes of skin health: they protect your skin against the environmental nasties, such as stress, excess UV exposure, excess alcohol consumption, and smoking.

5. Swap animal protein for plant-based protein

Protein is responsible for repair in the body and just like all the nutrients, has a part to play in boosting the health of your skin. As this is a plant-based course, you will be removing all animal products from your diet, that includes fish, eggs and dairy. However, this doesn’t mean that you are going to be missing out on protein!

Did you know that all foods contain protein? Even broccoli! By eating a varied wholefood plant-based diet you will automatically get a sufficient amount of protein. However, we advise not focusing on specific nutrients and instead focus on eating a varied whole food diet that will support your overall health and the health of your skin.

Interested in learning more? We’re hosting “An Evening with Jennifer Rock aka The Skin Nerd” in Smock Alley on Wednesday the 4th September – Early Bird Tickets are available now on Eventbrite here.

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