Spending money on a new outfit each season is common practice but what about treating yourself to healthy skin?
Your skin is your largest organ, it reflects your overall health and is with you day in and day out.
Using skincare products designed for your skin type is essential to achieving the results you desire but there are other practices you can add to your regime which will have a big impact on keeping your skin healthy.
Treat your skin as if it were your most precious item.
For healthy skin, treat it like that silk blouse you carefully hand-wash or your favourite pair of shoes that you only wear on special occasions.
Achieving clean, healthy skin is about being thorough rather than using vigorous movements or applying too much pressure. When cleansing, use your hands or a soft cloth with tepid water and be gentle. Cleanse twice at the end of the day, firstly to remove pollution, daily grime and makeup the second to clean the skin itself.
Keep stress under control
Alongside your skincare routine, consider how you manage stress. Daily stressors can manifest in your skin, triggering or aggravating many conditions such as psoriasis, eczema and acne.
Over-production of the stress hormone, Cortisol can lead to the production of more oil and sebum and increased sensitivity. With the skin’s immunity weakened oxidative stress shows as wrinkles, lines and a dull complexion.
Ensure you acknowledge how you are feeling and add in techniques throughout the day to achieve some balance. Whether it’s a walk, reading a book, deep breathing or a few minutes away from technology it all pays dividends in how you look.
Sleep promotes healthy skin
Cortisol release can also be triggered by a lack of sleep. Minimise an inflammatory flare-up by getting your seven to nine hours of sleep as recommended by The National Sleep Foundation.
Take time to disconnect from your day with a relaxing aromatherapy bath or shower, light a candle, use antioxidant based products with Vitamin C and Green tea and workout your nightly cut-off time based on the time you need to start your following day.
Although your skin renews itself monthly, it bears the imprint of what has happened prior.
Ever wondered why pigmentation arrives in autumn and is more visible later in life?
We know wearing a broad spectrum SPF in summer should be standard practice but a more accurate way to protect your skin from the effects from the sun is using an SPF when it’s day light.
Smoking and Drinking
Smoking and drinking alcohol both have a negative effect on skin health. Tobacco smoke deprives your skin of valuable oxygen and nutrients, and can lead to the formation of wrinkles and a dull, sallow and dry complexion. Scientists think it’s because smoking damages and reduces levels of collagen, saps nutrients including Vitamin A and destroys hyaluronic acid.
Alcohol dehydrates our bodies, including the skin and this happens every time we drink. Look out for products to help replenish hyaluronic acid and boost brightness.
Counteract the effects of alcohol not only by increasing your water consumption but also by eating your water. Adding a mix of fruits and vegetables to your diet in various forms will add a wealth of vitamins and minerals will assist in the formulation of healthy cells and provide radiance.
Rehydration is a big part of a healthy skin but also consider the need for essential fatty acids for a supple, thick skin.
Fatty fish, avocados, walnuts, sunflower seeds, bell peppers and broccoli sweet potatoes are some of the best power-packed options. Think rainbow every time you prepare your food and you are more likely to get a variety of essential nutrients.