Our skin care methods may differ depending on where we live. Weather and climate are a couple of facts that affect the appearance and health of our skin. Women in London, for example, should take into consideration London’s pollution-filled air and treat their skin accordingly. A polluted complexion may add years to our face and who wants that?!
One of the things I regret massively is the fact that I never listened to my mum when she was telling me how important skin care is. When you are 20, you don’t appreciate what you have. You think that it’s absolutely normal to sleep with your makeup on, never wear sunscreen or face cream just because at that age regardless what you do your skin continues to glow. Unfortunately, it takes a few years and the first fine lines to start putting some effort and start taking care of your skin (at least in my case).
The closer I get to my 30’s and see my skin changing, the more I start digging further into finding new remedies which will keep me “forever” young. After investing a respectful amount of time in it, I think,I am well prepared and ready to sum up all the helpful info in one article.
Initially, it’s really important to understand how our skin works. Our skin is the biggest organ of the integumentary system and it’s composed by three layers epidermis, dermis and subcutaneous tissue. In epidermis is the part of the skin that is responsible for:
- Making new skin cells
- Giving skin its colour
- Protecting your body
Dermis now has a big list of jobs as:
- Making sweat
- Helping you feel things
- Growing hair
- Making oil
- Bringing blood to your skin
Lastly, subcutaneous tissue plays another important role of:
- Attaching the dermis to your muscles and bones
- Helping the blood vessels and nerve cells
- Controlling your body temperature
- Storing your fat
Number 1 – you are never too young
The ageing process on our skin starts from the age of 20 (and no it’s not a typo!). Therefore, you should start taking care of it as soon as possible because as they say better safe than sorry. At the age of 20 your skin looks good no matter how you treat it, however remember that you have to think long-term. First tip for today is: NEVER sleep with your makeup on, as it decreases the body’s ability to repair itself!!!
Number 2- SPF until there’s no tomorrow
A tan may look good on us and boost our confidence for as long as it lasts, however is it really worth it if we think about the repercussions? It is very important to wear the SPF DAILY because sun damage is cumulative. Try to add it in your daily routine by wearing a sunscreen with SPF at least 35; don’t get fooled by a cloudy day because UVA & UVB still penetrate the clouds and damages your skin. London weather is a good example as it mostly is cloudy and rainy, even in this city with this weather though you NEED to wear your SPF daily!
P.S Even with a high SPF try to avoid extensive exposure to the sun!!
Number 3-Learn how to…read
As you would read the food labels to check what you are putting inside your body, always remember to do the same with the face cream you are interested in buying. Lesson first? Ingredients are listed in descending order, starting with the largest amount in the product. So one piece of advise I would give you is, avoid any creams that contain “Glycols” or “PEGS,” as they contain harmful chemicals. 😉
Number 4- Hand by hand
It is really also important to wash your hands before you do anything to your face. Our hands carry so many germs that cleaning or touching our face without washing them thoroughly first, is a crime. If we neglect to do that, the bacteria will make their way through our skin pores causing skin infections.
Number 5- Our face reflects our eating habits
Our stomach cannot digest all types of food the same way. High-fat and fried food, sugar, alcohol and red meat are only an example of the long list.
When undigested food sit in the digestive tract, our system ends up full of toxins from rotting foods and mucus begins building up along the intestinal walls. This mucus prevents healthy nutrient absorption and waste elimination. One of the first places this intestinal problem appears is on the skin in the form of rashes, blotchy areas, acne and eczema.
Number 6-massage the wrinkles away
Facial massage can stimulate circulation, which brings nourishing blood to the skin and stimulates cell growth. It also can tighten facial muscles and release tension, which can provide immediate noticeable effects, such as radiance.
Until next time! X