Lisa Nang'ayo

With the New Year well on its way towards the four month mark, and the early year holidays and festivities being but a memory, it’s about time to take charge of our health once more.  With all the party food, cocktails, and countless other holiday treats here are 5 bSmart tips to make your skin look brand new!



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1) Water

This may seem like the most obvious tip ever, but water is one sure way to get rid of all the toxins that may be inside your skin post-party season.  Not only does it flush out the unnecessary waste left in our bodies, it also acts as the best substitute to drinks like coffee and tea, which can leave your skin dull, dry and dehydrated.

2) Scrub a dub dub!

Exfoliation is one of those beauty rituals that may seem like a luxury, especially on those mornings when you’re running late for work, or finally stumbling indoors at the end of the day.  It can often be difficult to find time for anything more than a simple face cleanse.  However, exfoliation is one of the key steps to keeping toxins (like bacteria, oil, sweat, dust and other gunk that might make its way onto your face) from manifesting into the dreaded spots where acne or even certain forms of dermatitis can form.  Personally, I try not to exfoliate everyday, as this is too abrasive on my skin; however, three times a week, I definitely pull on my exfoliating gloves and give my face and body a good pamper session!

3) Glisten up!

Our skin, just like our hair and nails, is a living organism and thus needs to be fed the right type of diet to stay healthy and happy.  Finding the right kind of oils, creams or serums is the perfect way to keep your skin glowing all day long.  For instance, if you’re more prone to breakouts and have hypersensitive skin, a good start would be tea tree oil, as its natural components help to quickly relieve spots and redness.  Similarly, coconut oil is another natural oil that can act as an acne and dermatitis skin savior, relieve itchiness and soreness, and keep you glowing.  A quick visit to the dermatologist or even a quick scroll online could help reveal the ideal combination of products to keeping your skin healthy and beautiful!

4) Keep moving!

After the past few months spent lounging around, spooning in the mince pies and cuddling by the fireside, a run around the block, hike with a friend, dance party, or power walk every now and then could do more good for your body than you might anticipate.  This is because exercising increases blood flow to your cells and in doing so, carries oxygen and other vital nutrients to your skin cells and other organs.  By increasing blood and oxygen flow, you’re nourishing your body and helping yourself appear and feel radiant!  Now if that’s not motivational enough to get you onto the track, I don’t know what is.


Our skin, just like our hair and nails, is a living organism and thus needs to be fed the right type of diet to stay healthy and happy.


5) Take a chill pill!

Ever noticed how bad days at work can only get worse when you find yourself having to deal with a rash or breakout?  Well, one of the contributing factors for this is stress hormones, which send signals to the body to produce cortisol and other hormones that cause your sebaceous glands to produce more oil.  Excessive oil on your skin can block your pores, which can cause infections and thus lead to painful pimples, acne, rashes that will only frustrate you and your skin further.  Now, I am well aware that it’s not that easy to just neglect stressful events, especially since they are a natural part of everyday life.  However, healthy coping mechanisms like exercising, talking it out to friends, and  treating yourself to pamper days are a few steps you could take not only for your skin but for your well-being as a whole!


Lisa Nang’ayo is a recent graduate of Law with a penchant for writing. She enjoys writing about fashion, beauty and fitness, and everything else in between. Other than that, she is obsessed with photography, running and a good cup of hibiscus tea. You could catch up with some of her write ups on her blog;


Comments (4)

  1. Lisa Nang'ayo

Thanks everyone! Glad you liked it

  1. Nina A. Godridge

I agree with all the tips, especially diet. Too much coffee will show under your eyes!

  1. Jacqui

Thanks for writing this and sharing!

  1. Meagan Hooper

SO helpful!


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