Published: Thu August 01, 2013
Categories: Top 5 Advice
For many people, knowing the ‘how to’ when it comes to achieving great skin, can often feel like trying to find a needle in a haystack. There is so much information & advice out there how do you determine what works? Sadly for many, it can be a matter of trial and error when trying to sort through what actually works when treating you skin – which can be frustrating and costly.
The other trouble is, that a lot of the advice given by various media outlets and skincare professionals can contradict each other. So what really does work? As you know at Skinstitut we like to make achieving ‘happy, healthy’ skin as simple for our customers as possible. So I decided to put together my favourite Tips to Having Great Skin.
1: Keep it simple:
Overzealous cleansing and exfoliating can strip the skin of its natural oils and moisture leading to dry, irritated and break out prone skin. Avoid harsh course scrubs, astringent based products and acne ingredients such as benzoyl peroxide, triclosan and alcohol toners for long term use. These should only ever be used short term to treat acne flare-ups; long-term use can do more harm than good.
2. Eat Good Things:
A glowing healthy skin is a reflection of your internal health. The skin is the first place to show signs of nutritional deficiencies so start being aware of what your face is trying to tell you. Break outs between the eyes for example in Chinese medicine can signify liver distress – perhaps too many late nights, rich greasy foods, alcohol and cigarettes are starting to take their toll! Purple marks and break out prone skin may be a sign of low zinc levels and poor wound healing. Increasing zinc in the diet by eating foods such as shellfish and red meat will help the purple marks to disappear.
3. Read The Labels:
Many products and ingredients we use daily could actually be the culprit for causing congestion and acne cosmetic (little bumps on the skin). If you are getting congestion check that it is not caused by products such as heavy silicon based make ups and make up primers, dark or heavily pigmented lipstick, blushers and bronzing powders, tinted moisturisers, spray tans, heavy oil or petroleum based products such as baby oil, hair serums and sprays. By switching to a natural mineral makeup and using an exfoliating cleanser the congestion will be gone in no time.
4. Be Protective:
Always wear UV protection to protect the skin from hyperpigmentation and premature ageing. Much of the UV damage is caused before the age of 20 so early protections is important, as the damaging UV effects will not start to appear until late thirties on the skin. Look for a broad spectrum SPF 50+ with antioxidants and vitamins to further protect and condition the skin. Protection is better than cure!
: It might sound silly, but emotions can cause havoc on the skin. When you are feeling overly stressed, or going through heartache, it reflects on the skin. Often causing fine lines, breakouts, or dry skin. The more you can work on your ‘self-worth’ and feeling happy from within, the better your skin will feel. Even in hard times, try to smile; it’s a small action that can lead to a big change in your perception of the day.
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