From the Editor: Skin alert. How to have flawless skin.

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I feel like more and more Australians are travelling, and with the long distances as well as more frequent travel come skin problems. But even if you aren’t travelling, everyone’s skin flares up occasionally.

Most people experience skin problems from time to time at best and I have been asked recently for tips for flawless skin, so here is what I use in an effort to make it happen;

  1. Back To Basics: If my skin breaks out or is red or damaged at all I go natural and back to basics. For example olive oil is such a great go-to and is readily available anywhere in the world. I use it on my face for 2-4 days at night only and use a no oil moisturiser by day.
  2. Hydralite sachets. These sachets can re-boot the body with vital vitamins and minerals often lost with travel or even changes of seasons and changes of diet (oh, and big nights out). The vitamins and minerals re-hydrate the body – and the skin.
  3. Exercise: Exercise is one of the best ways to have clear skin, and walking is as good as anything – and a great way to see a new city, bond with a friend and just get the blood pumping.
  4. Mix up your foundation; Foundation obviously has a huge effect on the skin, as we wear it for protracted periods of time. So using the right foundation in the right weather and surroundings is important. This means you need to be open to changing it when you travel and when the seasons change. Mineral foundation is one of the best when skin is red or inflamed, as it is healthiest for the skin, allows it to breath and doesn’t cause further damage. It cosmetics also have an excellent foundation and concealer to help cover and repair skin.
  5. Eat Clean Food: Aeroplane food is one of the worst things you can put into your body. Just don’t do it. Take food with you if you must. And generally what supports flawless skin is natural food like nuts and seeds, fresh vegetables and fruits but nothing in cans or boxes.
  6. Watch the booze: Alcohol can not only dehydrate but cause breakouts as it contains toxins. And soft drink mixers are the worst.
  7. Mix up your cleanser; I have been experimenting with micellar eater recently, and I like it. It is particularly good when travelling to use instead of local water which can also damage skin. (Different water supplies contain different levels of lime and minerals which means they can be harsher on skin than you are accustomed to at home).
  8. The ocean heals all: Sea water is simply the best way to clear up skin conditions, even a skin rash in the healthiest possible way. And the salt water ions are also good for the mind. Any time you are near the ocean, make are you submerge yourself.
  9. Clean Hands: We don’t realise how often we touch our faces, and how often it is with oily or dirty hands. Keeping a bottle of liquid disinfectant drops at hand is an easy way to prevent this anywhere, anytime.
  10. Clay Masks: Clay masks are a simple and easy way to draw out impurities and tighten pores, all of which helps skin look cleaner and brighter. Even flawless.
Bondi Beauty Founder Renae Leith-Manos talks flawless skin.
Bondi Beauty Founder Renae Leith-Manos talks flawless skin.

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Renae Leith-Manos

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Renae Leith-Manos travels the world writing (www.renaesworld.com.au). She has had a colourful media career as a journalist in many magazines and newspapers, and spends her time writing, consulting to new businesses, running, doing yoga, swimming & cycling.
She's likes healthy eating, but thinks chocolate cake is just as important as kale chips.
She spends most weekends hanging out with her gorgeous twins.

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