Many women assume that all it takes for healthy and beautiful looking skin is the right products and an endless list of creams and cosmetics. Although many of these creams do contain ingredients that can benefit the skin, there are many things we do on a daily basis that can counteract the positive effects these products can have, much like eating a banana that has been deep fat fried in cooking oil!
Take the make up off!
You may be looking at this article right now and thinking you’re about to read a list of things that you can’t afford, but in reality the following tips are probably cheaper than your monthly Boots shopping bill if not completely free! Not only will you look and feel better in your own shell, but with these tips you’ll be saving money too.
Many women feel that make up can enhance the positive aspects of their appearance on a night out, whether it’s a plump set of lips or a full set of breath taking eyelashes. Whilst this might be true, you are also covering the pores, making it harder for skin to breath and easier for bacteria to form spots. Natural beauty is a great thing! By using less make up you are letting the skin breathe, and could end up with the same skin you try to recreate with cosmetics every weekend before a night out!
Saying this, there will always be women who feel going out with little or no makeup on is sacrilegious. If you must insist on wearing 6 layers of foundation, just try and remember to wash it off before going to bed no matter how tired and/or drunk you are! The more time in the day your pores have to be free, the better it is for your skin.
Many women assume this is an occasional pampering or beauty treatment. Wrong! Your skin is constantly regenerating and replacing itself by pushing new skin cells forward and shedding dead skin cells. Exfoliating at least once a week will remove these dead skin cells that can breed bacteria, clog pores and make skin feel/look dry.
Hydrate yourself by drinking water!
Remember, our health and wellbeing all start with what is flowing around our body from what we ingest. Keeping skin hydrated will prevent cracks and dryness, and what is wetter and more hydrating than the chemical property H2O itself!?
Avoid the sun
No I don’t mean hide indoors like a hermit and only leave in the dead of the night to suck blood! Of course you can go outside and enjoy the great weather, just don’t go and lay down in the sun with the intention of catching rays and tanning your skin. Scientific research has proven the sun can cause major damage and aging to the skin. It’s not a little known fact either, it’s common knowledge! If you do want that tanned look, try using fake tan lotions or subtle moisturizers that gradually give the skin a sun kissed look instead.
Exercise and Stress less
When we get stressed our adrenal glands release a hormone called Cortisol which can take its toll on the entire body, skin included. Cortisol makes the hair follicles produce the oil Sebum. Sebum works to extract and remove dead skin cells, but over production will block the hair follicles and cause a backup of dead skin cells leading to spots and acne. Add this to the sleepless nights and exhaustion that comes with stress and it’s no surprise our skin starts to look run down and aged.
No one is a stranger to the many positives of exercising. Exercise lowers the amount of cortisol in the body this reducing stress levels. Not only this but it’s great for keeping the muscles strong, healthy and in top condition to keep skin firm and toned.
So now you know these little tips, follow them and look 20 years older than their real age, which also help to prevent or reverse those effects on the skin!