“I’m a skincare expert – here’s how to avoid getting dull, dried out and lifeless skin”

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An expert has shared her top tips for achieving that radiant glow and avoiding getting dull, dried out and lifeless skin. Founder of SXCGLO and skin guru, Farnaz Khan, has revealed all the best steps people should take if they want to improve the appearance of their skin.

“Hydration is key. It’s important to stay hydrated and drink plenty of water throughout the day to keep your skin moisturised and hydrated from the inside out,” Khan stresses.

“Cutting down on your salt and sugar, avoiding smoking, and limiting your caffeine intake can also help, along with bringing back radiance to your skin.” To help reach that radiant glow, the skincare expert recommends adding more foods that contain vitamin C to your diet.

Vitamin C is found in a wide variety of fruits and vegetables. Good sources include:

  • citrus fruit, such as oranges and orange juice
  • peppers
  • strawberries
  • blackcurrants
  • broccoli
  • brussels sprouts
  • potatoes

She also suggests foods full of antioxidants – such as mint, broccoli, spinach, carrots and potatoes. Plus foods that are rich in omega 3, like salmon, mackerel, sardines, and anchovies, will help replenish your skin. Berries are great sources of collagen as well, “which help bring the glow back to your complexion and can contribute to helping your skin stop from sagging,” she adds.

When it comes to building an easy skincare regime, the expert advises people should stick to products that aim to hydrate their skin and are rich in vitamin E, vitamin D, hyaluronic acid, and glycerine as they help boost the moisture levels in your skin. Khan also says people should start to see skin differences within two weeks.

But explains you should still wait until two months later to see the overall skincare benefits of the products and regime. Below is a look at her top skincare tips to help bring back the radiance to your skin.

Use a hydrating cleanser

“Use a gentle, hydrating cleanser to clean your face,” she said. “Avoid any harsh cleansers that strip your skin of its natural oils, as this can lead to dryness and irritation.” She recommends using a hydrating cleanser, that’s suitable for all skin types including dry and sensitive skin.

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Exfoliate your skin

Khan says exfoliation is crucial for removing dead skin cells and allows your skin to absorb products better. However, do not overdo it.

The expert suggests using a mild exfoliant (exfoliants like glycolic acid or lactic acid are great choices), but only do this one to two times a week to avoid excessive dryness.

“If you have dry to normal skin, I recommend using SXCGLO’s AHA/BHA amino acid double cleaning foam one to two times a week. And for oil skin you can use this two to three times a week (aim to have a day break in between),” she added.

Wear moisturiser and SPF daily

“Invest in a rich and hydrating moisturiser as it will help combat dryness”, Khan says. Moisturisers are great for locking in moisture between your skin’s layers, making your skin plumper and look healthier.

Khan also added that it’s important for people to protect themselves from UV rays. She said: “Our skin is exposed to dirt and toxins in the air and it’s important to protect it from pollution and UV rays.

“Even though the sun might not be as strong, UV rays are still present during the day, especially during the autumn and winter. Apply sunscreen with at least an SPF of 30 daily, especially if you are spending time outdoors. This also applies to lips, as these are at risk of sun exposure as well and often get easily dry and chapped.”

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