Healthy skin is an immediate confidence booster, it is one less problem to worry about. Having a blemish is annoying and makes us self conscious. We spend extra time to apply make-up to cover it . . . what a hassle!
What is worse is that there are a million products on the market. Because there is so much out there it is hard to always know what works and what doesn’t.
This article looks at what we can do to prevent skin damage without focusing too much on what products to use. We look at factors that are within our control to help better our skin, in order to have that healthy glow.
What can you do to help your skin?
This is one of the most important things to take care of. Sun Screen should be your best friend. The sun speeds up your skins aging and increases the risk of skin cancer. Here is an article on how the sun damages our skin: http://www.webmd.com/beauty/sun/sun-exposure-skin-cancer
Unfortunately sun care is expensive, but it is an essential. Look for in-store brands which usually come at a more affordable cost.
Quick Tip: During Summer, put sunscreen on your arms for when you are in the car to prevent a seatbelt tan. Our arms are exposed to the sun every time we drive.
Drink loads of it. We need to stay hydrated in order for our body to function properly. Staying hydrated reduces fine lines and wrinkles, giving skin a healthier appearance.
Quick Tip: Drink 8 glasses of water a day
Get your 8 hours of beauty sleep. The reason sleeping helps our skin is because it is the time where skin cells renew themselves. Lack of sleep interrupts this process, causing the skin to look tired.
Hot Long Showers
Try avoid taking hot showers for a prolonged length of time, as it dries the skin stripping it of its natural oils. Over time, sauna’s have the same effect. It causes the skin to sag as it breaks down the elasticity and natural collagen in the skin.
Quick Tip: Cool water encourages blood circulation and stimulates the nerves. Opt for a cooler shower temperature for future.
Dirty pets cause skin problems. Make sure you bath them regularly including their bedding. Pets also need regular de-worming to protect you and your family from infection.
Quick Tip: Wash your pets bedding separately to clothing. Clean the drum of all hair after washing. You don’t want hairy clothes in your next load!
Sugar and Salt
Both sugar and salt in excess are bad. Salt dehydrates the skin. A healthy adult should only really have an intake of 25grams of sugar a day, however there are 39 grams of sugar in a single coke can.
Quick Tip: Reduce salt intake. For your sugar cravings, substitute your junk option with sweet fruits such as apple and pineapple
Some things you might not have thought have an effect on our skin:
Dirty spectacles/sunglasses: Dirt accumulates on the bridge of the nose, and can cause pimples. Clean your specs regularly.
Quick Tip: If you squint to see properly you are causing fine lines. Go for an eye test to make sure you have the correct prescription.
Other things to avoid are stress, popping pimples, sleeping with your make up on, over-exfoliation, dirty bedding and of course smoking and 2nd hand smoke.
As you can see there are many things within your power to help improve your skin to a healthy condition. Looking after your skin has never been more within your control!
Megan Mc Kinlay
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