A well pampered glowing skin is more than a great wardrobe or a skilled hand with make-up; it turns heads. It’s usually great when we regularly gets stopped by strangers complimenting us on how seemingly beautiful and glowing our skin complexion is.
But do you know the key to that gorgeous skin? Beautiful skin is about good skin care habits practiced day in and day out.
Here, I will take you on a smooth ride, so fasten your seat belt and relax as we journey through the secrets to stunning healthy skin.
Protect yourself from the sun
A good skin care, including sun protection and gentle cleansing, helps in keeping your skin healthy and glowing for many years. Protecting your skin from the ultraviolet rays of the sun is one of the most important ways to take care of your skin.
A lifetime exposure to the sun can cause wrinkles, age spots and other skin problems as well as increase the risk of skin cancer due to the creams we apply on our skin. It is advisable to use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF (Sun Protection Factor) of at least 30 to 35 depending on your age range.
Avoid the sun between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., when the sun’s rays are strongest by wearing protective clothing. Cover your skin especially the face, hands and areas mostly exposed with long-sleeved shirts, trousers and wide-brimmed hats and seek shades.
Smoking makes your skin look older and may cause wrinkles. Experts say it narrows the tiny blood vessels in the outermost layers of skin, which decreases blood flow, depletes the skin of oxygen and nutrients that are important to skin health. Smoking also damages collagen and elastin (the fibers that give your skin strength and elasticity).
Please note that the repetitive facial expressions you make while smoking, especially pursing your lips when inhaling and squinting your eyes to keep out smoke, can contribute to wrinkles. If you are a smoker, the best way to protect your skin is to quit. Ask your doctor for tips or treatments to help you quit smoking.
Treat your skin gently
Do you know that daily cleansing, careful and regular shaving can take a toll on your skin? To keep your skin gentle, please have a regular bath as it remove oils from your skin. Avoid strong soaps and detergents because it can strip oil from your skin. Instead, choose mild cleansers.
To protect and lubricate your skin, the closest shave is achieved with a clean, sharp razor. Shave in the direction the hair grows, not against it. Importantly, after washing or bathing, gently pat or blot your skin dry with a towel so that some moisture remains on your skin.
Moisturize dry skin. If your skin is dry, use a moisturizer that fits your skin type. For daily use, consider a moisturizer that contains SPF.
Eat a healthy diet
A healthy diet can help you look and feel your best. Drink plenty of water and eat lots of fruits, vegetables, grains and little proteins.
The association between diet and acne isn’t clear, but some research suggest that a diet rich in vitamin C and low in unhealthy fats and processed or refined carbohydrates might promote younger looking skin.
The hustle and bustle of our daily activities make it really difficult to control stress. Uncontrolled stress can make your skin more sensitive and trigger acne breakouts and other skin problems. So to encourage a healthy skin and a healthy state of mind, it is advisable to take steps to manage your stress.
Set reasonable limits, scale back your to-do list and make time to do the things you enjoy. When you do these, the result might be more dramatic than you imagined.
By Theresa Moses, Journalist, Skincare Expert and Professional Make-up Artist