10 top tips for smoother, fresher, sexier skin

tips for smoother sexier skin

By Andrea Michelle for Dove

No matter how much sleep you clocked up last night, or how much makeup you’ve scooped on, there’s only really one thing that’ll make a real difference to how you look: the condition of your skin.

So it’s important to take steps every single day to treat it well.

Here’s 10 of the best ways to keep your skin looking smoother, fresher, and indeed sexier – and they’re all super easy.

 

Limit the sugary stuff

Spikes in blood sugar levels can cause inflammation, redness, and swelling. The way it’s digested impacts skin’s collagen resulting in sagging, dryness, and wrinkles, and some studies have shown sugars to make our skin more susceptible to sun damage. Keep in mind sugars are also found in non-complex carbs, so lay off the pasta, white rice and potatoes.

 

Treat those pits

Maybe it’s because they’re rarely seen as an erogenous zone, armpits tend to be the most neglected part of our bodies. But there’s nothing less sexy than red, sore and irritated pits which is often the result of shaving. So trash your harsh, drying deodorant and try Dove Original Deodorant which contains Dove’s unique ¼ moisturizing cream which helps nourish skin to reduce the irritation caused by shaving while acting as a 48 hour antiperspirant.

 

Ditch the ciggies

Dragons smoke, and their skin looks like crap. Enough said.

 

Vitamin A

Products containing vitamin A e.g. retinal or retinol, are proven to reverse aging at a cellular level. Your best bet is to ask your GP for a prescription for some cream next time you’re in there for a checkup. Keep this for your night-time routine and avoid while pregnant or breastfeeding.

 

Dry skin brushing

Besides helping circulation and your lymphatic system, brushing your skin daily will exfoliate your skin leaving it feeling soft and feeling supple. It’s also known to reduce the appearance of cellulite as it softens hard fat deposits below the skin, distributing them more evenly. Use a brush with natural bristles and brush toward your heart.

 

Eat well

They say “you are what you eat” and no one wants their skin to look like junk. So get your glow going from within by eating a balanced diet, full of vitamins A and E and skin-helping nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids.

 

Exfoliate

Do this twice a week with an enzyme based product at night and after cleansing. It’ll remove grime and dead skin cells from the day and help richer night-time products to penetrate your skin. Go easy on the physical scrubbing as it’ll just inflame your skin.

 

Water yourself

Plants wilt without enough water, and so does your skin. Aim to drink at least 2 liters of water per day to plump up your skin cells.

 

Create a physical barrier from the sun

UV rays will damage your skin – but you already knew that, right? So be sure to layer all exposed skin with sunscreen every day. Look for products containing micronized zinc oxide, and with at least an SPF of 30.

 

Body moisturising

Slather on your favourite body lotion after towel drying from your shower and while your skin is still slightly moist to lock in that silky goodness. Be sure to focus on your elbows, knees and ankles as these tend to be the driest spots. Because dry elephant knees ain’t sexy.

 

Comment to WIN a DOVE care package!

What’s your secret to smooth, fresh, sexy skin?

And where do you most like to be kissed?

 

Entry conditions:

  • There are 10 DOVE care packages valued at $56 to be given away.
  • Each package contains: Dove Intensive Repair S&C $6.49 each, Dove Original Deodorant $5.78  (x 2), Dove Triple Moisturising Body Wash $7.36, Dove Essential Nourishment Body Milk $8.39, Dove Intensive Repair Treatment Mask $8.79, Dove Men+ Care Body & Face Wash $6.99
  • This giveaway is open to residents of Australia only (but I’d still LOVE to hear from the other Foxes from around the world!)
  • Be creative and fabulous (the way you usually roll, right?!) as the winning Foxes will be the ones with the most creative, useful and fun answers.
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  • To enter, comment below, answering the questions: What’s your secret to smooth, fresh, sexy skin? And where do you most like to be kissed?
  • The giveaway runs from 16th of July, 2014 till 1st of August, 2014.
  • The winners will be chosen on that date and contacted that day. We’ll also announce them in our newsletter (out every Monday afternoon). You can subscribe to that fun here.
  • Entrants must abide by the contest entry conditions listed above. 

 

What’s your secret to smooth, fresh, sexy skin?

And where do you most like to be kissed?

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  • My tip is to get your lover in the shower with you and have them (gently) scrub you from head to toe, followed by your fave body lotion and kisses all over!

    • Teegstar

      Ooh, Sonia, that’s one hot tip!

  • Coconut oil all over before showering x

  • Lisa Bright

    A smile makes a big difference. And a few drops of rosehip oil – mixed in to my serum at night and my moisturiser in the morning for a fresh, dewy face. And if I’m honest, being at the right stage of pregnancy helps!

  • marypreston

    Baby products are not just for babies you know. Grown up skin just finds them yummy!! A kiss on the forehead is sweet & dreamy!!

  • Sally J

    A nice warm soak in the bath followed by a quick shower & exfoliation. Indulgent yes, but rare to combine the two so it’s truly enjoyed when it happens. And a “kiss it better” by my 2yo will make me melt every time.

  • Rachel K

    I love being kissed on the lips and here’s a a homemade recipe scrub that’s effective for getting the best plump, smooth, kissable lips: Take a tablespoon of white sugar, mix with some olive oil/coconut oil until the sugar sticks together, add a teeny drop of vanilla (it makes it smell yummy but isn’t necessary) and scrub your lips vigorously enough to loosen the dead skin. Let it sit for 1 minute, and then wipe off with a damp washcloth. Apply lip balm after use.

  • kookla123

    A relaxing bath with fragrant bath milk
    Leaves skin feeling soft as silk
    Lather up and slough away
    All the stresses of the day
    Then when you’re done, moisturise
    Your skin will thank you, it’s no surprise
    And as for kisses, to all I succumb
    Pecks and pashes, they leave me numb
    A loving gesture, a moment so sweet
    From my forehead right down to my feet!

  • Karina Lee

    Moisturise with cocoa butter!! It really hydrates the skin! I like to be kissed on the head!

  • Lauren Barnes

    With kids, cancel masseuse calls or facials, but 1 minute Nature c skincare = sultry feeling skin, I’ll dance in between diaper changing and my son can kiss my nose

  • jayla1987

    I get regular massages off my fiancé with a massage oil

  • Elizabeth

    a steamy sauna rejuvenates my skin. I like to be kissed at the airport, either I’m off on an adventure or I’ll be getting a duty-free gift from the traveller

  • Cleo Sids

    Feel refreshed, smooth moisturised skin when using dove, smelling divine as my partner can’t resist but to kiss the most softest silkiest skin from my head to my toes. Love to be covered in dove.

  • Juanita Thorn

    As I suffer with super-dry skin….exfoliating both face and body is a MUST, to get rid of the built up dead skin and leave fresh, healthy skin on show, that feels so smooth and soft to touch, without the moisturiser…..but WITH the moisturiser (different creams for face and body – of course) my skin feels as soft as a baby’s bum…I love my skin products to smell amazing also, so the amazing scents envelop me all day.
    I love to be kissed on the neck…it makes me go all tingly…still!

  • Sharon Fawcett

    My secret to beautiful skin is to exercise often as it keeps the blood circulating around your body and helps to produce new skin cells along with sweating out any toxins. And when it come to where I love to be kissed nothing beats a loving kiss on the forehead from the one I love.

  • Kylie T

    I achieve smooth, fresh, sexy skin with regular hydration, a nutritious balanced diet and beautifully luxurious pampering. De-stress by delving into picturesque Pilates/heart-warming yoga then when out and about in the sun always apply an enriching SPF sunscreen to protect your skin from harmful rays. During the wondrous winter season I add a few drops of tanning lotion to my daily moisturiser as this portrays delightful indulgence while gradually building gracefully glowing radiance. I most like to be kissed on the forehead or cheek by my loving husband as I relish in the scenic wonderment of a charming morning sunrise!.

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