When it comes to skincare, it’s crucial to make smart choices. With so many skincare products, skincare brands and best practices being thrown at us from all angles, it can sometimes be challenging to know what’s best for our skin.
However, choosing the right skincare products is only half the battle. Our skin is delicate and susceptible to damage even just by going outside. So, it’s important to practice good skincare choices to maintain a healthy, beautiful and youthful complexion. Here are some tips to follow if you want to get into good skincare habits.
Protect Your Skin from Sun Damage
UV rays are perhaps one of the most damaging threats to our skin. Two of the main kinds of UV rays, UVA and UVB, can cause direct damage to skin cells, which accelerates the formation of fine lines and wrinkles. This happens as UV rays can break down collagen in the skin, causing abnormalities in the elastin, the fibres that give the skin elasticity.
SPF protection should be worn every day, not just on scorching holidays abroad. The sun’s harmful UV rays can even get through to your skin on cloudy days in the UK. Use sunscreen with at least SPF 15 every day or use a daily moisturiser that contains SPF protection. This daily UV protection can fade age spots, improve skin texture and prevent wrinkles from forming. Make sure you reapply if you go swimming or if you’re perspiring.
Give Up Smoking
If you’re a smoker, you are doing your skin no favours. Smoking is the worst thing you can do for the health and appearance of your skin. Smoking ages your skin, contributing to the formation of wrinkles by narrowing the blood vessels in the outermost layers of the skin, decreasing the flow of oxygen and nutrients which are vital to skin health.
Smoking can also damage collagen and elastin, not to mention the constant pursing of your lips when inhaling can contribute to wrinkles around the lips. The best thing you can do for your skin, as well as your overall health, is to give up smoking altogether. You can ask your doctor for help giving up cigarettes for good.
Be Kind to Your Skin
Even the most resilient of skin types should be treated gently and with care. The constant barrage of products can take its toll, so make sure to be kind to your skin by:
- Not washing with hot water. When washing your face, you should do this separately from your shower or bath, as you probably bathe in water that is too hot for the face. Wash your face over the sink using lukewarm water.
- Choose mild products. This will vary depending on your skin’s sensitivity levels, but it’s best to avoid harsh chemicals and ingredients unless you’re using products that are treating a specific skin condition.
- Pat dry. Never rub your face dry with a towel, always pat it.
- Always do a patch test. When using a new product, test it first on a small area of the skin on the inside of your forearm. In the event of an adverse reaction, you won’t have an irritated, swollen face.
- Exfoliate with care. Exfoliation is vital to rid the skin of dead skin cells, but it should only be done once or twice a week, and don’t scrub it in too vigorously, you don’t want to rub your skin raw.
- Moisturise daily. Yes, even if you have oily skin. Moisturisation is incredibly important to keep skin hydrated; you should use moisturisers suited to your skin type. Read ‘How Do I Find My Skin Type?’ to learn more.
Maintain a Healthy Diet
What you put inside your body can be just as crucial for your skin health as what you’re putting on your skin externally. Eating a healthy diet full of fresh fruit and vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins is the best way to maintain good skin, as the correct balance of foods will feed your skin the vital nutrients it needs to stay soft, supple and blemish-free.
Skin needs moisture not just in the form of a good moisturiser, but by drinking plenty of water. Even mild dehydration will cause skin to look dry and tired. Make sure you’re drinking plenty of fluids each day, between six to eight glasses, to maintain well-hydrated skin. You could keep a large water bottle on your desk at work to remind you to drink, and you can even add some chopped up fruit to it to get some added vitamins and to make the drink even tastier.
Too much stress can cause the skin to age and develop worry lines, as well as potentially trigger acne breakouts and other skin issues. Try to manage your stress by getting plenty of sleep, scaling back that to-do list and taking time out to enjoy things you like to do. If you find stress to be something you deal with a lot, you could benefit from taking up yoga, meditation, aromatherapy or even talking to a therapist.
Use Products for Your Skin Type
The products you use on your skin should be suited to your skin type. There are five main skin types:
Certain products are better suited to specific skin types. For example, heavy moisturisers are great for dry skin, but not a good idea for oily skin which requires a much lighter moisturiser. Once you know your skin type, you’ll be better equipped to purchase skincare products that will work for you.
At Skinstation, we stock a wide range of skincare brands suited to all types of skin, and that can address various problem areas, including the incredible skincare systems from Obagi. If you have any questions about any of the products we stock or would just like to learn more about good skincare practices, do not hesitate to contact us to speak to one of our experts today.