13 Essential rules of skin care
These days having beautiful healthy skin can be a little bit tricky. In the 'age of information' it's difficult to know what is best for and your skin.
Follow my simple rules below and discover healthier, happier skin:
Your skin care routine
How regularly do you cleanse and moisturize your skin?
1. Stay hydrated
Like any other organ your skin requires water. The cells in your skin require water to stay hydrated. So drink plenty of water to keep your skin healthy and hydrated. Read more here if your skin is dry.
2. Less is more
Do a make over on your skin care products. Ask yourself the question, do I need so many skin care products? So save yourself some money and purchase only the creams and cleansers you really need.
3. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables
A third of what you eat will go towards skin nourishment and renewal. So you really are 'what you eat'. Eating fruits and vegetables will also help you stay youthful.
4. Choose products with less ingredients
There are a lot of products with harmful toxins that will be bad for your body. By changing to a product with less ingredients you'll reduce the amount of chemicals that will harm your body.
5. Stay away from caffeine
The caffeine in your coffee and soft drinks will dry your skin from the inside out. Either limit your cups of coffee and soft drinks beverages or cut it out completely.
6. If it looks pretty don't buy it
Apart from anything else less packaging is kinder to the environment. That's another hub from another day. If your bottle is attractive its performance may be a different story. Chances are the company have spent more on marketing and packaging than on the ingredients that go into their products.
7. Let your skin glow, do some cardio
People who do cardio on a regular basis have glowing skin. This is due to the acceleration of blood flow which brings with it oxygen and nutrients to the skin. Your blood also carries free radicals and toxins away from the skin to the liver to detoxify it. Another great reason to do cardio!
8. Research the products you use
Make a list of your current cleansing and moisturizing products and Google them. When you start digging your view may change.
9. Cleanse regularly
Make sure your skin is cleaned twice a day. Cleanse it and remove all make up and dirt that builds up in your pores from pollution. Clean your skin with a face wash or water twice a day. This will help support your skins natural hydration and balance.
10. Purchase less
There will always be a new miracle anti aging skin care cream on the market. The truth is you don't need it. Use the products you know and love, with ingredients you're familiar with. In time you'll save both money and waste.
11. Choose a moisturizer that hydrates your skin deeply
If your skin has been moisturized but feels dry and tight, chances are it hasn't been deeply hydrated. In order for your skin to be completely hydrated, a substance called hyaluronic acid needs to be produced by your body. Hyaluronic acid makes your skin look plump and bouncy. So look for a moisturizer with hyaluronic acid in it to help hydrate your skin deeply.
12. Wear a sunscreen with a wide spectrum
You can read more about your skin and sunscreen here.
13. Your skin starts aging at 18
Stick to a regular routine of cleansing and moisturizing. You'll feel the benefits as your body ages.
It all matters, your diet, beauty routine and stress. See below for some simple tips:
- 20's: Cleanse and exfoliate regularly and moisturize daily to keep your skin hydrated.
- 30's: Use collagen supporting products to help strengthen and nourish your skin.
- 40's: Choose products that target the signs of aging naturally.
- 50's onwards: Incorporate products that will reduce muscle contraction to fight wrinkles and support skin volume.
So hydrate, exfoliate, nourish your skin and remember to use an SPF!
© 2016 Helen Bolam