Tips For Maintaining Healthy Skin

This is something that I struggle with day in and day out, simply because I have combination skin, so I thought what would be a really good idea is to go through a variety of tips to help with your skin to clear your skin and feel fabulous!

  1. Remember your suntan lotion – I know what you’re going to say, yes I will do it, you take it with you on holiday, yet you end up forgetting to put it on. However at least 90% of wrinkles come from exposure to the sun without any sunscreen on, this is why it is so important to protect your skin. Please don’t forget that you’re still going to need to wear your sunscreen during the winter months, just because you’re not sitting out in the sunshine during the day doesn’t mean that the skin is safe, the sun rays during the winter months are just as strong. When you’re looking for the right sunscreen check to make sure that it covers everything like UVA and UVB  rays. If you’re unsure, speak to your pharmacist about finding the right sun screen for you.
  2. When it’s hot, go do something in the garden – Sweating is such a good thing for your skin to do because it will get rid of all the chemicals that have build up under the skin but not only that if you incorporate that with regular exercise, you can increase the circulation within your body.
  3. Take into account the weather when choosing what you wear – I know that sounds so simple, however if you’re going out in the winter make sure you’ve wrapped up before heading out, everything from hat, scarf, gloves, even thermal socks to stop you from being exposed to the elements for a long period of time.
  4. Sort your make up brushes out – What is important  is that you clean your brushes and sponges on a regular basis. Want to know why? Where you’re using your brushes and sponges on a regular basis, they collect dirt from your face and even bacteria which can then lead to breakouts. When you’re cleaning your make up brushes, you can use some shampoo or using a facial cleanser (be careful and make sure that it is a gentle cleanser so it doesn’t damage the brushes) and use lukewarm water.
  5. Dairy doesn’t help – Dairy can contribute to to your breakouts even if you think it might only be a little bit, this is due to the hormones that are in the milk, so check everything that you eat for dairy products, dairy can be hidden in everything from dressings to snack bars, it’s important to check. If you do want milk, maybe swap to soya/nut/skimmed milk that way you don’t get the hormones.
  6. Your food has an impact – Now this might sound very strange however, there are lots of foods that can help to improve your skin, for example if you eat Brazil nuts they can help to improve your skins elasticity and if you eat foods that are high in omega-3 fatty acids it can really help you to lower any inflammation on your skin and stop breakouts. This is because when there are fatty acids in your diet it can help your skin to repair it.
  7. Shower tips – If you have a long and hot shower, I know that might feel quite relaxing and it would make you feel better, however, if you’re in there for too long it can end up removing all of the oils that protect the skin, so instead of staying in for a while, take a lukewarm shower for 10 minutes. If you have treatments that you need to leave in your hair longer, maybe firstly wet your hair under the sink, leave it on for as long as described and then go in the shower to wash it off.
  8. Vitamin C saviour – Vitamin C is your best friend, this can help prevent facial skin damage possibly from sunbathing or sunbeds, the dehydration of your skin but it can also help against wrinkles.
  9. Get enough sleep – When you’re not sleeping as much as you should do a night it can cause your skin to look tired, and when you’ve not had enough sleep at night, circulation can be lower than usual, so try to go to bed a little earlier than usual and that will really help.
  10. Check your skin type – This is so important because you need to know when your skin is dry so you know what you need to do. How can you know exactly when you skin is dry? What you need to do is try to scratch (not too hard) on your arm or leg with a fingernail if it leaves a white mark then your skin is dry, use a really good moisturiser and use a body scrub!
  11. Clean your phone – This is something that I am very clear about, when you go to pick up your phone, or you type on your phone, your hands can end up going on your face, this can easily be a hot spot for bacteria, so when you use your phone make sure you clean it like once a day because that way you can control the bacteria and make sure your face stays clear.
  12. What issues do you have with your skin? Do you struggle with eczema or do you struggle with breakouts, or do you struggle with blackheads, either way focus on your skin one issue at a time. If it is at the point where you need to see a dermatologist please go, it’s important, you might need extra strength products.
  13. Don’t forget about your neck or your chest – It is very easy for us to forget about our skin or neck because you don’t think of them straight away, however, as most people will know, your neck can be one of the first signs that you’re ageing. One of the best ways of doing this is finding a gentle cleanser that works for you, but try to avoid ones that are deodorant soaps and I have found in the past they can make your skin very dry.
  14. Change your eating habits – If you’re having a healthy diet, it will do wonders for your skin, for example foods like spinach which means they’re loaded with antioxidants and can help give us glowing skin. Foods like mango, strawberries, kiwi are all high in Vitamin C which means they can help to protect us from skin damage.
  15. Don’t go to bed with make up on – This might sound so simple but if you’re going to bed, if you go to bed with make up on it can cause your pores to be blocked, so make sure that when you go to bed, you take your make up off.
  16. Invest in spritzer – There are so many different varieties of spritzers which are filled with mixed oils and water, all of which hydrate your skin and is perfect for when you’re in need of a hydrating little lift.

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