Tips for Healthy Skin
Even if you don’t have time for an intensive skin care regime, there are certain things you can do to keep your skin looking young and healthy. From regular moisturising to chemical face peels, there are many ways to care for your skin.
As well as causing wrinkles and age spots, exposure to the sun can increase your risk of skin cancer, so make sure that you use a good sunscreen and reapply it every couple of hours when in the sun. Try and stay in the shade during the hottest part of the day, and keep your skin covered with protective clothing such as long sleeves and wide brimmed hats.
Smoking can damage your skin by making it less elastic and depriving it of nutrients. It can also contribute to wrinkles, and generally make your skin look older, so if you smoke, give up! Your doctor should be able to help with this if you find it difficult.
Avoid using strong soaps as these can strip the oils from the skin – a mild cleanser is better. Use warm, rather than hot, water when washing and do not stay in the shower or bath for too long. After bathing, pat your skin dry gently rather than rubbing harshly. If you have dry skin, apply a suitable moisturiser daily.
Eating a healthy diet with plenty of fruit and vegetables can help to keep your skin looking good. You also need lean proteins and whole grains as part of your diet. Although the link between acne and diet is unclear it is generally agreed that a healthy diet with plenty of vitamin C can help your skin to stay looking younger.
Acne is often associated with stress, and when stress levels get out of control acne breakouts are triggered in some people. Managing your stress by setting reasonable limits and trying to avoid overexertion can help to mitigate skin problems of this nature.
If your skin has already been damaged by overexposure to the sun, acne or other problems, it may be worth seeking advice from a clinic like the London Cosmetic Clinic. Treatments like skin peels, for example, can restore damaged skin and make it look younger again.
Caring for your skin is important as you feel so much better when you know that you are looking good.