Your skin is a big part of who you are. Not only is it the biggest organ in your body, but it can define how you feel on any given day. Those times with good skin can help kick-start a positive period for you, yet a few bad skin days can lead you to feel less confident than usual.
There are many things you can do if you want to help boost your skin to make it look great more often than not. Whether it’s a change to your regular routine, your diet or trying something else new, have a look at some of these suggestions and think about how they can work for you.
Wear SPF daily
Using SPF is the best way to prolong healthy, glowing skin. Many of your wrinkles will come from sun exposure, and it’s easier to prevent the damage from occurring than trying to fix it afterwards. This still means applying SPF during the winter, as well as in the office and in the car – cell-damaging UVA rays can penetrate glass. Make sure you find an SPF that offers protection from both UVA and UVB rays.
Have vitamin C
There’s research that shows consuming vitamin C-rich foods absorb the free radicals that cause sagging and wrinkles, as well as helping to remove the DNA damage they form. Vitamin C gives you benefits for protecting your skin and help it heal wounds. A study where women treated sun-damaged skin with a vitamin C serum for six months found there was a significant improvement in discoloration and fine lines.
Exfoliate your skin to reduce pores
Enlarged pores are one of the most common beauty complaints. They appear larger when filled with dirt, oil, dead skin cells and keratin – and, when these plugs are removed, the pores seem to shrink. So, use a cleanser or exfoliator with alpha-hydroxy acid two to three times a week to see the benefits. The skin-friendly acids will chemically exfoliate dead skin and dissolve dirt in the pores.
You can also try skin resurfacing treatments that will help with wrinkles, acne, scarring, stretch marks, discolouration, plus sun and age sports. YourLaser Skin Care will promote the production of healthy tissue and collagen during the process, which is done deep in the dermis so the top layer of skin isn’t affected. This means you can heal and recover quicker.
Get enough quality sleep
Sleep is essential to get healthy skin. Your skin will look tired and older, especially under your eyes, if you don’t get enough quality sleep. It can also be a vicious cycle as you can be irritable, depressed and anxious – making it harder for you to get decent sleep.
Some tips you can try to get a good night’s sleep include:
- Having plenty of physical exercise – this reduces stress and promotes a healthy tiredness
- Have a warm bath to relax
- Try keeping to a regular bedtime routine
- Keep your bedroom quiet, dark and cool – make it a peaceful haven, rather than somewhere with noise and stimulation
- Avoid stimulants in the evenings, such as nicotine and caffeine
- Drink plenty of water during the day (rather than closer to bedtime)
- Do something distracting if you do wake up in the night, until you feel sleepy again
Avoid washing your face with hot water
This will cause redness and irritation with many people with either sensitive or normal skin. Hot water can also dry out your delicate facial skin, leading to issues from acne to a flaky, red dermis. To wash your face, you should use mildly warm or air-temperature water.