Skin-Care Shortcuts: A Busy Girl's Guide to Better Skin | Guest Post

Today I have a very exciting post for you lovely people! The lovely Amy Mia Goldsmith has written an amazing article for my blog about how to improve your skin's condition with five simple steps. You can find all of Amy's social media links and read more about her at the bottom. Thank you so much Amy for this post!
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Spotless and radiant skin is every girl's dream, for sure. But all those serums, lotions, moisturizers, toners, masks, exfoliators, day creams, night creams, eye creams, concealers, etc. can be really confusing to say the least. If you dig even deeper into the subject and start analysing the labels and ingredients, that is when things become dizzying. Call it laziness if you want, but it is literally impossible to keep track of all the products you should put on your face on a daily basis, as well as those you should avoid. We chose a minimalist approach to skin care routine and made a list of the essential tips for a busy girl.

If you can relate to this, keep on reading.

1. Sleep a Full Night
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You have probably noticed that your skin looks different when you are sleep-deprived and tired. You look pale, dark circles appear under your eyes, breakouts and other skin problems will not leave you alone. That is because your skin repairs itself while you sleep. No sleep, no good complexion. It is as simple as that. In fact, it is much more important to get eight hours of beauty sleep each night than to remember to apply night cream. Sleep cannot stop the aging process, but it surely can slow it down.

2. Drink Green Tea
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Green tea has extremely strong anti-inflammatory properties that can soothe irritated skin and reduce redness and inflammation, thus helping you get rid of acne and pimples. It has even better effects if drank cold. Green tea also induces collagen production and collagen irons out wrinkles and eliminates visible signs of aging. DNA damage caused by exposure to sun can be fixed with regular intake of green tea, which gives you one more reason to replace your morning cup of joe with a glass of ice green tea, at least during summer.

3. Improve Your Air Quality
Air pollutants are not only bad for the air . They can cause irreparable damage to your skin. Being in a smoke-filled room can lead to free radicals settling down on your skin. Free radicals are the main culprits when it comes to skin aging and can cause cellular damage, which leads to cancer. Smoke clogs the pores and triggers breakouts. Avoid smoke-filled rooms, and air your office and your apartment every day. If you have a central ventilation system, change air filters regularly. Dry air dehydrates the skin and dehydrated skin is more prone to wrinkles, so keep an air humidifier at hand.

4. Choose Water-Based Hair Products
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What is the relation between your hair care products and your face, you might ask. Well, while you are washing your hair, as much as you try, you cannot prevent at least some of the shampoo running down your face. Products that are good for your hair are not necessarily as good for your sensitive face skin. Opt for water-based or organic hair products because they are less aggressive and there is a smaller chance that they will cause any irritation if they come in contact with your skin.

5. Use Organic Cosmetics
Speaking about less aggressive products, organic cosmetics are a perfect example. They contain no harsh chemicals and, unlike synthetic cosmetic products, have practically no undesirable effects. Organic skin care products are packed with skin nutrients, which is why you often need only one product to get the effects of multiple conventional skin care products. I use and recommend KORA cosmetics which I got from Peter's of Kensington.

What is your approach to skin care?


About the Author
Amy Mia Goldsmith is a literature graduate from Melbourne and an editor at High Style Life. Her passion is beauty and fashion and she loves to spend her free time travelling and of course - shopping! You can contact Amy on her Facebook page and Twitter.

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