Miss European Tourism 2015, Lenka Josefiova, gives her guide to a first-class complexion
The unpredictable hot and cold, and hot again weather may not be good for your skin. Studies show that excessive sun exposure can cause wrinkles, age spots and uneven skin tone on our faces. Worse, it could also be the cause of skin cancer. Lenka Josefiova is the reigning Miss European Tourism 2015. The model, actress and TV presenter reveals her top secrets, not only on how to protect your skin from sun damage but also on how to achieve and maintain a delectable derma all year round.
She says: “Our skin is the largest part of our body and we need to take care of it, from morning to evening. Aside from the fact that it gives us confidence and self-esteem to have a beautiful skin, I believe that keeping it healthy can also prevent the early signs of ageing and some skin diseases.”
Here are eight tips from the Dubai-based beauty:
Being hydrated is often underrated and ignored. No matter how busy your day is, you should always try to drink 8-10 glasses of water and actually, the more the better. It cleanses your body naturally, and everything that is natural and organic is always best. This is why I always carry a small bottle of water wherever I go.
Any kind of berry is good for you. My favourites are blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and cranberries. Berries are powerful antioxidants that eradicate toxins in the body and they can also help you lose weight.
Fried food such as doughnuts and French fries should be avoided. I know it’s hard but you have to give up something to get something. Oily foods can trigger acne and breakouts, too. If you are really craving them, have an alternative such as mashed potato or brown bread topped with dark chocolate.
Your skin can also get thirsty, mostly when it is hot or humid or even inside an air-conditioned room. When we are thirsty, we have to drink water so it’s also the same for our skin. Always apply lotion after taking a shower as it replenishes the moisture that we lose naturally after taking a bath. Bring a small bottle of moisturiser that you can use for your face, hands and skin all the time. This also applies to sunblock; you should apply it 30 minutes before you go into the sun or even before you face your computer as some contain UV radiation. Nowadays, there are many moisturisers that act as sunblocks too.
At night, this is a super ‘must’. You must remove your make-up before going to sleep, no matter how tired you are. Even the most expensive make-up contains chemicals that will irritate your skin overnight. You should also help your skin to breathe after putting make-up on for more than seven hours during the day.
Contentment is also good for our skin. When our body releases upbeat hormones such as serotonin, dopamine and oxytocin we tend to glow naturally, perhaps by hanging out with friends and loved ones, exercising and even spending some me-time listening to music.
It is important to visit your doctor every month. My favourite practice is Montage Skin Science as they have all the treatments that I need to make my skin healthy and radiant.
Last but definitely not least, the best way to be beautiful is to think happy and kind thoughts not only for yourself but also for others. Count your blessings and don’t complain. Physical beauty is important but inner beauty is vital. As Cinderella would say, I believe you need to be kind and brave all the time.