Perk up tired-looking skin using nature’s bounty

AUGUST 3, 2018

Our busy lifestyles can wreak havoc on our skin, making it look dull and tired. Poor diet, smoking, lack of sleep and drinking alcohol are just a few contributing factors that adversely affect our complexion.

The best ways to perk up tired skin is to drink enough water, get plenty of rest and include a good skincare regime that targets this problem. We share tips from South African celebrities and beauty aficionados to help you get your glow back.


Ask anyone in the beauty industry what the key is to good-looking skin, and they’ll tell you to drink plenty of water. This isn’t surprising when you consider that our skin is made up of 64% water, which plays a vital role in bringing nutrients to removing waste from skin cells.

Kelli Clifton, beauty editor and influencer, says that drinking at least two litres of water a day is crucial to keeping skin and body hydrated. She’s backed up by a study published in the International Journal of Cosmetic Science that found that drinking 2,25 litres of water every day for four weeks altered skin density and thickness, making the skin look younger and fine lines less prominent.

Another important way to hydrate skin is to use a good moisturiser. “It’s crucial to use a high-quality moisturiser with active plant ingredients, as this helps to lock in the moisture,” says scientist Mirjana Brle?i?, the brain behind Nikel Cosmetics, a natural skincare range from Croatia, recently launched in South Africa.

Clifton recommends the Nikelhidris moisturiser from Nikel Cosmetics, as it prevents moisture loss and moisturises deeply, helping the skin look plump and youthful.


It’s known as “beauty sleep” for a reason: our skin uses the time we’re sleeping to repair and rejuvenate. That’s why getting in our eight hours of shut-eye a night is vital to help skin look bright and beautiful.

The science behind it is that the sleeping body has a surge of human growth hormone (HGH), which helps with the repair of cells and an increase in collagen. Collagen is a type of protein, and works with keratin to give skin strength, smoothness, elasticity and resilience.

Vitamin C is a vital part of this process. “Vitamin C is necessary for collagen synthesis, and because vitamin C isn’t naturally produced by the body, introducing it through diet and skincare regime is important,” explains Brle?i?. Apply a face cream containing this potent antioxidant in the evenings for maximum benefit.

“I love to add Nikel Cosmetics 12 Plant Elixir to my moisturiser before bed – it’s the perfect way to give your skin the best preparation to replenish and repair,” says Leigh-Anne Williams, Expresso Morning Show host and Good Hope FM radio presenter, whose day starts at 3.30 every morning.


Lack of sleep, a high salt intake and long hours in front of a computer can make our eye area look particularly tired due to dark under-circles or puffiness. Addressing these issues can help us look less worn-out.

The eye area is very delicate, so be careful not to apply too much pressure when cleansing or moisturising. “Always use your ring finger when applying anything to your eye area, as this is your weakest finger,” advises Brle?i?.

The Nikelift eye cream from Nikel Cosmetics is packed with active plant ingredients, including shea butter, sesame oil and immortelle oil. “Adding this eye cream to my beauty regime has made a huge difference to the appearance of fine lines around my eyes and reduced the puffiness I experience,” says Clifton.

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