Keeping your skin smooth will keep you looking younger longer. Here are just a few simple ways that you can preserve your skin.
A lack of oil called sebum causes our skin to dry up more quickly, which in turn causes wrinkles and a paler complexion. As we get older, our skin naturally produces sebum less. Cold dry winter nights and stress can also affect our ability to secrete this oil. We can ensure that our skin gets these oils by moisturising on a daily basis. Liquid moisturisers are best suited to those with greasy skin, whilst creamy oils benefit those with dryer skin. Some products such as after sun and cosmetics may have mosituriser within them to help combat dryness.
Wash your face daily
A daily wash with hot water and soap helps to open up and clean all the pores, preventing blackheads and spots from appearing. However, be careful with scrubbing pads and rough flannels which can irritate the skin. Some people naturally may be more susceptible to spots, in which cases products such as tea tree and witch hazel can be helpful to use whilst washing the face. In fact, you can buy tea tree soaps, which are great for getting rid of those blackheads on the nose and chin.
Treat acne with antibiotics
In some cases, spots may develop into acne, which when untreated can cause permanent scarring to skin. This can be genetic or may be the result of stress and so is not always preventable through traditional face washing methods. In fact, there are many specialist products on the market that may be more suited. Duac Gel is for acne and contains antibiotics within it that can stop the skin from flaring up. Your doctor may also be able to offer antibiotics or other solutions such as laser treatment.
Avoid allergy irritants
Skin products that cause allergic reactions could be causing permanent damage to your skin if you keep using them. There are plenty of hypoallergenic cosmetic products now on the market as provided by companies such as Clinique that have been tested on all skin types and are guaranteed to not cause a reaction. You can find these online or in your local cosmetics store. Other irritants may include certain animals or plants – stay away from these where possible to protect your skin from flaring up and take antihistamines whenever exposed.
Stay out the sun
Lounging out in the sun may give you a sexy tan for a couple weeks after. However, in the long run, you could be severely damaging and aging your skin by exposing it to UV rays. Sun cream can help you to tan at a less harmful rate. Generally, if you’re burning before tanning, you’re increasing your chances of more harmful damage which could cause skin cancer. Whilst some people may hate the idea of a spray tan, it’s far healthier for you and could be an alternative to consider.
Supplement your skin with superfoods
Many foods can be great for giving your skin the nutrients it needs, keeping it smooth. Greek yogurt has double the protein count of normal yoghurt and is great for making skin firmer, making it more resistant to wrinkles. Pomegranates meanwhile are great for increasing the skin’s blood flow, giving you face that rosiness. Foods with carotenoids in such as carrots and peppers meanwhile are great for reducing wrinkles. They also have chemicals within them that make the eyes less sensitive (there’s truth to carrots allowing you to see in the dark) resulting in less squinting and therefore less wrinkles around the eyes.
Drink lots of water
You should aim to drink at least 8 cups of water per day. This keeps all the body hydrated and is great for providing skin with more moisture, which stops it from drying out and aging. Drinking lots of water also flushes toxins out of the body. As a result, it can be good for cleansing the skin of chemicals that could discolour it, giving it a more radiant glow.