10 Ways To Healthy and Youthful Looking Skin
Everyone wants great skin that looks flawless and radiant. But what is the secret to this? Is it even possible to achieve that clear perfect complexion?
It is true that your genetic makeup does play a part in whether you are one of the fortunate ones who do not have to do much to achieve that perfect complexion, but for the rest of us, there’s a lot that we can do on our part to achieve it.
Our skin is the largest organ and just like any of our internal organs, proper care should be given to it. If you wish to avoid acne problems, premature ageing of skin and delay the onset of sagging skin, wrinkles, dark spots and other skin issues, it is very important to take good care of our skin as early as possible and prevent adult acne.
Develop a good skin care regime for yourself to achieve that healthy glowing complexion.
Steps To A Good Skin Care Regime:
1. Know Your Skin Type
This is the most important step to working towards that flawless and glowing complexion. Before you head out to buy any skin care products, you should always know your skin type first – whether you have normal, dry, oily, sensitive or combination skin.
This will then determine what your skin needs and what products you should get. If unsure, visit a professional or dermatologist to identify your skin type, learn more about it and find out what your skin needs most. The last thing you want is to purchase expensive products which are not suitable for your skin type.
As with any other product, always do a skin patch test first before applying it on your face.
2. Cleanse, Tone & Moisturise
Theurlse are your three basic but most crucial steps in your skin care regime and should be done twice on a daily basis, once in the morning and again at night before you go to bed.
Cleanse your face with an appropriate cleanser that suits your skin type, to remove dirt and environmental pollutants that your skin has come in contact with during the day.
This is the most basic step in your routine which you must not do without as this will help to prevent clogged pores and acne. There’s absolutely no need to buy expensive cleansers.
What’s more important is that the cleanser suits your skin type and it should not leave your skin feeling tight or squeaky clean.
If this happens, it means you are stripping your skin of its natural oils, which is not a good thing. Your skin needs some oil and if it lacks this, the oil glands will in turn produce even more oil to compensate for this.
Always use lukewarm water when cleansing your face, never hot water, as it will strip your skin of its natural oils, other than running the risk of scalding yourself.
After cleansing, use a toner to remove any excess impurities and to balance your complexion. You can either use your clean hands to pat the toner on, or use a cotton pad.
Once you are done with cleansing and toning, moisturise your skin. Do this while your skin is still damp as this helps to seal in the moisture and hydrate your skin. Even if you have oily skin, you still have to moisturise your skin – use a gel-based moisturiser that is lighter and will not clog pores.
3. Sun Protection
Always use sunscreen after you have moisturised your skin in the morning to protect your skin from the harsh sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays. Exposure to these harmful UV rays will lead to premature ageing, resulting in an early onset of wrinkles, sagging skin, sun spots and the risk of skin cancer.
Use a broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 to protect yourself from both UVA and UVB rays, and make sure you use it even if it isn’t sunny or hot or you aren’t planning to go outdoors. Many people do not realise that the fluorescent lights in our homes and offices emit UV radiation, so even if you are staying indoors, you will still be getting some UV damage to your skin. And re-apply every 1-2 hours, particularly if you have been sweating.
Our skin cells are constantly regenerating so it’s always a good idea to exfoliate once a week right after cleansing to remove the dead skin cells and clean your pores. This will help give a clearer, more even and brighter skin tone.
If you are using exfoliators that contain microbeads, be gentle when rubbing your skin in circular motions. There is no need to use much pressure, let the microbeads do the job for you. The last thing you want is to end up with dry, irritated and red skin due to abrasion.
5. Facial Mask
A good time to put on a face mask is after you have exfoliated and removed the dead skin cells. There are many different types and forms of face masks available, so choose your face mask according to the skin concern you wish to address and what your skin needs at that point in time.
Unless it is a leave-on mask, remove or wash off the face mask after 10-15 minutes. Do not leave it on longer than you should or you may end up causing more harm to your skin, such as drying it out, removing your skin’s natural oils and increasing the likelihood of acne.
Once you have removed the mask, remember to follow up with your toner and moisturiser.
6. Take A Health Supplement
You might be doing everything right but your skin still lacks that healthy glow. Sometimes it has to do with what’s happening internally within our bodies.
This could be due to some imbalance in the body which could be caused by hormones or a vitamin/mineral deficit.
Zinc, Vitamin C and Iron supplements are good to take for better skin.
Another supplement worth considering is Ultra Omega Burn which contains purified Omega 7. This is a fatty acid which has been shown to nourish and plump up the skin giving it a more youthful look. Plus it also with on hyperpigmentation skin problems.
If you wish to go the extra step and address specific areas of concern such as reducing fine lines or age spots, serums are a good-to-have in your skincare routine, but not absolutely necessary.
Serum is a form of moisturiser that is known to be able to penetrate deeper into the skin and get absorbed quicker due to its lightweight texture and higher concentration of active ingredients. It is typically applied to your skin after cleansing but before the moisturiser. The moisturiser then acts like the final barrier that locks in the moisture.
8. Eye Cream
The skin around your eyes is thinner and more delicate than the rest of your skin so for this reason, it would be good to get a separate eye cream instead of using your face moisturiser to hydrate the skin in this area.
Eye creams are specially formulated for the delicate skin and are aimed at reducing fine lines and wrinkles, lightening dark circles and treating puffiness around the eyes.
8. Remove All Makeup Before Going To Bed
Never ever wear makeup to sleep no matter how tired you are because nothing good will come out of it. Leaving makeup on will clog your pores and result in acne.
Depending on the type of makeup used, get a suitable makeup remover or cleanser.
9. Check The Shelf Life Of Your Skincare Products
Do not use skincare products that have passed its shelf life or have been opened for more than the prescribed period. As the skin on your face is more sensitive than the skin on your body, you need to take extra precaution.
To find out how long you can use the product for once it has been opened, look for this symbol on the product label. In the example shown below, “12 M” refers to a shelf life of 12 months from the date that it is opened. It is always a good practice to note down the date of when you first opened the product on the base of the container
10. Employ A Healthy Lifestyle
Your skin is pretty much a direct reflection of how you live your life and whether you are taking good care of yourself. There’s only so much that cleansing, toning and moisturising can do to your skin if you aren’t eating healthy, drinking enough water daily, getting sufficient rest and exercising regularly.
If you are often consuming oily or fried food, drinking sugary drinks and having late nights, the chances of getting acne is very high and a healthy glowing complexion will always remain elusive.
Do remember that your skin is constantly changing with age, hormones, the climate and many other external factors, so be prepared that you will need to adjust your routine and change your skincare products from time to time, depending on what your skin needs at a particular point in time.