Healthy Skin, Just 10 Steps Away

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This article gives you a quick rundown on what you should steer clear of to keep your skin glowing.

  • Taking hot showers:  Hot water can damage delicate facial skin. If you’re prone to redness, the heat can weaken your capillaries, making things worse.
  • Stressing out:Stress has a negative effect on your skin too. Try yoga and deep breathing and treat your skin to a de stressing product. Avoid coffee and alcohol to relieve stress.
  • Rushing the cleansing act:     Cleansing in a hurry using packet wipes is an absolute no-no. Inadequate cleansing can lead to bacteria build-up and skin break-outs.
  • Dieting:              Sticking to a very low fat diet can age and dull skin. Good fats are needed to keep the skin healthy and moisturized. Essential fatty acids from fish, eggs, flax seeds, walnuts and dark green vegetables are important.
  • Gobbling sweetmeats:              Too much sugar in the blood stream widens your waist line and can result in wrinkles. Snacks containing protein are the best option when cravings strike, especially nuts and seeds.
  • Avoiding sunscreen:  If you slather on SPF protection only when the sun shines, you’re not doing enough. Use a moisturizer with SPF 30-50 under make-up all year round.
  • Neglecting your neck:                           Apply all facial skin care products from the hairline right down to the neck and cleavage. Use an anti-oxidant serum under your sun protection moisturizer every day.
  • Exposing skin to pollution:    Exposure to environmental pollution and passive exposure to tobacco smoke can cause oxidative stress and damage the skin.
  • Excess drinking:            Alcohol dilates the capillaries and over time, leads to broken veins and flushing of the face. It depletes the body of vitamin A, an important anti-oxidant for skin elasticity. It dehydrates your skin, leaving it more prone to wrinkles. Make sure you drink six to eight glasses of water every day.
  • Skipping sleep:              Skin regenerates at night. So make sure you get eight hours of proper sleep. Studies have shown that lack of sleep can increase cortisol level, associated with acceleration of the ageing process.
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