Wine and Dine Your Skin This Valentines Day

Wine and dine your skin
Wine and dine your skin this Valentine’s Day, with our top tips on how to fall in love with flawless skin. 

What to eat 

Chocolate. Well, it wouldn’t be Valentine’s Day without chocolate would it? But stick to the dark kind, with at least 70% cocoa content. The flavonols found in chocolate are antioxidants, these can help your skin protect itself from UV damage, fight free radicals and increase blood flow, which will help promote a dewy glow. However, whilst treating yourself may treat your skin be careful not to over indulge. Dark chocolate still contains sugar. Research has shown that those with higher blood sugar levels looked older than those with lower blood sugar. Sugar causes glycation damage in the skin. This reduces the effectiveness of elastin and collagen proteins, the properties that give skin a youthful, plump appearance. Consuming too much sugar will cause collagen and elastin to become more rigid, fragile and prone to damage, meaning skin will lose its snap back and wrinkles will begin to form and stick. For an ultimate treat try strawberries dipped in a small amount of dark chocolate. Strawberries can also help keep wrinkles at bay. Strawberries contain high levels of Vitamin C, which is vital to the production of collagen which in turn helps to improve skin’s elasticity and resilience. 

What to drink 

Red wine. High concentrations of antioxidants called polyphenols in red wine help to fight off ageing free radicals. They can protect your skin from UV damage and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. But, remember more than 2 small glasses a day can harm your health. Some people unfortunately suffer from flushed red skin and should avoid red wine, and other triggers such as spicy foods and hot drinks. 

What to wear 

A recent study published by the British Journal of Dermatology found that some energy-saving light bulbs emit UVA rays, which caused skin damage and redness in sun sensitive people. So if the restaurant you are dining in uses these bulbs you may be inadvertently ageing over your dinner. The SPF in your makeup will not be enough, not if you want to prevent ageing anyway. SPF only refers to UVB, the rays that burn your skin. Therefore unless your makeup states it offers broad spectrum protection your skin may not be covered against the ageing UVA rays. The simple answer is to apply your UVA/UVB protective day cream before your makeup. Sunscreen should be worn on any exposed body parts at all times of the year. In fact even if you are wearing tights for your date night you still need to apply your SPF. UV rays can penetrate through the light material; I believe this is why there is a higher risk of skin cancer in women’s legs than that of men. Sun damage is not a Valentine’s gift anyone would like to receive.