No time = no worries! Extensive daily skin routines can be time-consuming and for some – like mums for example- there simply isn’t enough time in the day to fit in something so “mundane” when confronted with a day packed with activities. So here are a few tips to ensure you cover the basics of good skin care, which will help delay the natural aging process and also prevent various skin problems, without eating into your day.
Healthy skin begins with the most important way to care for your skin – protecting it from the harmful rays of the sun. Among other problems, some common visible signs of unprotected sun exposure over a period of time include deep wrinkles and age spots, not to mention the increased risk of skin cancer. Did you know, Melanoma is one of the top ten most common cancers, in both men and women, in Australia?
- Sunscreen –Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen of at least 15 SPF before heading out, and reapply every 2 hours. If you’re swimming or sweating a lot you might want to reapply more often.
- Shade – The sun’s rays are the strongest between 10am and 2pm so avoid direct exposure during these times.
- Protective Clothing – Wear long pants, wide-brimmed hats and long sleeves with tightly woven material. You can buy special sun protective clothing and laundry additives too.
Your skin needs oxygen and nutrients to be healthy – smoking deprives it of this by narrowing the tiny blood vessels on the outermost layer of the skin which decreases the blood flow. It’s because of these effects that smoking contributes to the skin wrinkling and aging at a faster rate.
Smoking also damages collagen and elastin which are the fibres that give you skin strength and elasticity. The repetitive facial expressions you make while smoking – like squinting your eyes to keep the smoke out – can also contribute to wrinkles!
If you’re a smoker, talk to your GP for advice or treatment options to help you kick the habit.
Eating well has an undeniable impact on your health and wellbeing – a diet with plenty of fruits, vegetables, wholegrains and lean proteins will not only help you feel your best it’ll also improve how you look too. And, though it’s still unclear what association diet has with problem acne, research suggests a diet that’s rich in Vitamin C, and low in unhealthy fats as well as processed or refined carbohydrates, may also promote younger healthier skin.
Take gentle care of your skin
When you shave, you put your skin under a lot of stress and compromise the lipid barrier – which is what keeps moisture in the tissues and controls the entry of external chemicals from entering the deeper layers of the skin. Aggressive exfoliations can also stress and irritate the skin, so it’s important to be gentle. Here are a few tips for being gentle with your skin:
- Don’t spend a long time in the bath – Hot water removes oils from you skin, so try not to lose yourself singing in the shower. Limit bath and shower time and use warm rather than hot water.
- Use soaps that are gentle on the skin – strong soaps and detergents also strip the skin of its oil
- Shave gently – Lubricate the skin by applying a shaving gel or cream, shave with a clean sharp razor, and shave in the same direction the hair grows.
- Pat skin dry – gone are the days of our mothers vigorously rubbing us dry after a shower – allow some moisture to remain on the skin by patting yourself dry instead.
- Moisturize – For those of you with dry skin, use a moisturizer that fits your skin type – if you wish to moisturize daily, consider a moisturizer with SPF.
Keep calm and carry on – managing your stress levels has a hugely positive effect on both your mental and physical wellbeing. By adjusting some daily activities and loosening some schedules, ultimately making room for things you love doing, you’ll be surprised at the results. Uncontrolled stress can cause your skin to be more sensitive and trigger acne breakouts and other skin problems.
Among all the other benefits these simple yet effective options deliver, having healthy, cared for skin also enhances any cosmetic treatments you may require in the future. Generally it encourages faster healing with heightened results. Speak with your local skin care professionals for more information or a consultation regarding your skin.