SKINCARE

Maintaining healthy skin

Our skin is the largest organ in the body, so it is vital to have healthy skin. Maintaining healthy skin involves a combination of good skincare habits, a balanced diet, hydration, and protecting your skin from environmental factors. Find out below how to help you achieve and maintain healthy skin.

 

    Cleanse regularly

Cleanse your face twice daily, in the morning and before bed, using a gentle, pH-balanced cleanser that suits your skin type. Avoid harsh soaps or cleansers that can strip your skin of natural oils.

 

    Exfoliate

Exfoliation helps remove dead skin cells, promoting a smoother complexion. Use a gentle exfoliant 1-2 times a week, depending on your skin type. Avoid over-exfoliating, as it can irritate your skin.

 

    Moisturise

Apply a suitable moisturiser after cleansing to keep your skin hydrated. Even if you have oily skin, moisturising is essential to maintain a healthy skin barrier.

 

    Sun protection

Always use sunscreen with at least SPF 30 to protect your skin from harmful UV rays. Sunscreen helps prevent premature ageing and reduces the risk of skin cancer. Reapply every two hours when outdoors.

 

    Healthy diet

A balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains provides essential nutrients and antioxidants that support healthy skin. Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish, flaxseeds, and walnuts are particularly beneficial.

 

    Stay hydrated

Drink plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated from the inside out. Aim for at least 8 glasses (2 litres) of water per day.

 

    Sleep

Get enough quality sleep (7-9 hours) to allow your skin to repair and regenerate. Lack of sleep can lead to dull, tired-looking skin.

 

    Manage stress

Chronic stress can negatively impact your skin. Practise stress-reduction techniques like meditation, yoga, or deep breathing exercises.

 

    Avoid smoking and excessive alcohol

Smoking and excessive alcohol consumption can dehydrate your skin, leading to premature ageing and a dull complexion. Quitting smoking and moderating alcohol intake can improve your skin’s health.

 

    Limit hot showers

Hot water can strip your skin of natural oils, leading to dryness. Use lukewarm water when showering and limit the time spent in hot baths or showers.

 

    Use gentle skincare products

Choose skincare products that are appropriate for your skin type. Avoid products with harsh ingredients that can cause irritation.

 

    Avoid overuse of makeup

Wearing makeup is fine, but avoid wearing it for extended periods and always remove it before bedtime.

 

    Hygiene

Keep your makeup brushes and skincare tools clean to prevent the buildup of bacteria.

 

    Consult a dermatologist

If you have persistent skin issues or concerns, it’s a good idea to consult a dermatologist. They can provide personalized advice and treatments tailored to your skin’s needs.

 

Remember that achieving and maintaining healthy skin is a long-term commitment. It may take some time to see significant improvements, so be patient and consistent with your skincare routine and healthy lifestyle choices.