8 Easy Skin Tips that Make a Real Difference Every Day Posted on 14 May 2016 by Nimisha Mistry - LIfestyle Blogger in Wellbeing When you’re leading a busy lifestyle, it can be difficult to stop and think about your own wellbeing, how you feel and sometimes even your appearance. Taking care of your skin doesn’t have to be a challenge or extra work; it can be incorporated into your daily routine or simply added to your normal habits. Here are 8 small and easy skin tips that can make a big difference!1. Protect your skin This is probably the most important step to taking care of your skin. As the sun starts to make more of an appearance it is imperative that we protect our skin by using a high factor sun cream, and moisturisers that contain SPF. Wearing hats and almost limiting sun ray exposure to our bare skin will help protect your skin cells, stop sun burn and prevent the skin from looking damaged in the future. Over time, UV light from the sun can damage the elastin fibres in your skin and cause premature ageing as the skin begins to sag and overstretch. 2. Keep active Keeping active gets your blood pumping and your muscles moving and this is so important for the skin. The skin looks its best when it’s got a healthy supply of blood and nutrients to the surface and the key is to encourage this to happen. Not only does a healthy circulation bring the good stuff to the skin, it also takes away the bad stuff, revealing healthy plump skin. Facial yoga is fantastic for this, and involves simple movements of the facial muscles that you can even do at your desk!3. Fresh air Letting your skin BREATHE is so important in keeping your skin looking great. Although too much sun can damage the skin, it’s good to get your vitamin D fix from it via a little exposure. Try walking outside, fresh-faced without any makeup and letting your skin adapt to the conditions. We spend so much of our lives suffocated in tight clothing, faces full of makeup and within temperature controlled homes so your skin will appreciate the chance to gasp for air! Going out and getting some fresh air throughout your day will not only increase your energy, but will also de-stress you.4. Drink plenty of water and eat healthily It’s no secret to anyone that what you put on the inside can massively dictate what shows on the outside. It is so true that your body tells you when something is not right and this also applies when it comes to skin. Eating fatty and sugary foods can impact your skin greatly often causing break-outs and dull-looking skin. Drinking alcohol and other sugary drinks in heavy amounts can also cause skin problems. Alcohol in particular, dehydrates your body so can often make your skin look tired and dull. Sipping plenty of water and eating fruit, veg and nutrient-rich food can greatly improve your skin.5. Invest time taking care of it If you spend a little time every few days giving your skin some TLC, it will take a lot less time and effort to maintain every other day. Once or twice a week, give your skin a good facial- use a face mask and exfoliate. Exfoliating is important for wiping away all that dirt you’ve accumulated throughout the week!6. Cleanse and moisturiseCleansing, toning and moisturising are really important for maintaining the condition of your skin. Ultimately these three steps keep your skin clean, healthy and hydrated. Doing this every morning and evening will not only improve the condition of your skin, but will also prolong the ageing process.7. Cut out the smokingStudies have shown that if you smoke, you’re four times as likely as non-smokers to feel unrested after a night’s sleep. Nightly nicotine withdrawal contributes to this and as a result, bags under the eyes are more common as well as tired skin prone to break-out. In addition to this, smoking obstructs the blood supply that keeps the skin tissue looking supple and healthy. Premature ageing is a given if you heavily smoke.8. Manage stress and sleep wellWhen you are stressed, more often than not, it will show on your skin. When you are stressed, your body releases stress hormones, one of them being cortisol which is known to increase the skins oils production. This can easily lead to break-outs and pimples. The mind and skin are connected on many levels so you will feel the effects of stress. Additionally lack of sleep can greatly control the condition of your skin. Your cells undergo cell turnover throughout the night, and distorted or lack of sleep, can hinder this process which is essential for maintaining the healthy condition of skin.Check out Nimisha's blog for more tips to support your wellbeing. Also, visit our recent blog article to get inspired for National Vegetarian Week 16-22 May.