Our skin is the body’s largest organ and one of the most important, but you wouldn’t have thought it with the way that so many of us mistreat it. The fact is that of all our body parts, the one thing that we mistreat most is our skin, but we shouldn’t do. Each day our skin goes through a lot; it’s surrounded by chemicals thanks to air pollution, it has makeup smeared onto it, it gets covered in dirt and grease. It’s no wonder that so many of us complain about premature ageing when we aren’t making sure to give our skin the care it needs.
You know those women that you see in magazines and on the catwalks who have that radiant and beautiful glow? Well, these are the women that are taking proper care of their skin. Sure, they also have a professional makeup artist on hand, but their skin wouldn’t look as radiant as it does just because of makeup – these are the women who take care of their skin and treat it as it should be treated. The question is, what are they doing differently to us and why does their skin look so incredible
Want to give your skin a beauty boost in 2017? We’ve done some digging and have the answers to achieving more beautiful skin.
A lot of us opt to buy the beauty products that are the most affordable, rather than buying the products that are of the highest quality. The truth is that when it comes to beauty products, from face creams to foundations, you get what you pay for. If you want to ensure that your skin is as healthy as possible, it’s worth paying a little bit more for your beauty products and going natural with them. The fact is that a lot of face creams, makeup items, and facial cleansers are packed full of harmful chemicals that make our skin more prone to early onset ageing, as well as acne, dryness, and redness. So if it is affordable for you, it’s best to go natural. If you can’t afford to buy natural products, your best option is to go DIY and make them yourself – something which is much easier to do than you would think.
Get into a routine
One of the biggest mistakes that we are making with our skin is failing to give it the TLC that it needs on a daily basis. Far too many of us don’t have a daily skin care routine in place when we really should do. Study after study has shown that the women with the best and most beautiful skin are the ones that give their skin daily care. This means cleansing and toning each morning and evening before applying a day or night moisturiser, depending on the time of day that it is. If you don’t already cleanse and tone your skin each day, now is the time to start. As well as cleansing and toning, it’s also important to moisturise your skin each day, and once every three days you should also exfoliate your skin using a gentle salt scrub.
If you are a smoker, then you need to take the leap and quit smoking. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news but if you smoke, your skin will suffer for it, it’s as simple as that. Not only are smokers twice as likely to develop adult acne, but they are also more prone to early onset ageing including wrinkles, crow’s feet, and fine lines. Then there’s the fact that cigarette smoke discolours the skin and causes it to smell. The truth is that smoking impacts your skin in a big way, so if you are a smoker and want to boost the health and beauty of your skin, now is the time to quit. Instead of trying to go cold turkey, why not swap to using an e-cigarette instead and slowly wean yourself off of nicotine? Companies like Aspire eCig UK offer a range of e-liquids that come in various flavours and nicotine strengths so that you can slowly wean yourself off of normal cigarettes more easily. When it comes to skin health, because e-cigarettes don’t produce any smoke, just steam, they are much better for your skin.
Stop eating processed sugar
There is nothing wrong with indulging in the odd treat now and then, but it’s important to realise that processed sugar damages the skin. Natural sugars like the ones found in fruit are perfectly fine, but processed sugars cause the skin to age prematurely. When processed sugars enter the body, they produce enzymes that attack the collagen and elastin, meaning that the skin isn’t as plump or elastic as it should be, leading to earlier ageing. So if you want brighter, healthier, and more beautiful skin, try to stop eating processed sugar or, at least, cut down on the amount that you are eating
Drink more water
Whenever you are dehydrated, your body begins to lose its ability to function properly, and the first place that this impacts is our skin. Each time you allow yourself to become dehydrated, it impacts your skin. In the short-term this causes it to become dry and dull looking, in the long-term it can cause early onset ageing to occur. To ensure that your skin looks and feels healthy, aim to drink at least two litres of water a day, ideally more than that. Do this for a week, and you will notice that not only do you feel better in yourself, but also that your skin looks healthier.
Limit your sun exposure
If there’s one thing that damaged our skin more than anything else, it’s the sun. A lot of people believe that you can see sun damage, and if you have never burnt your face or had visible sunburn, then you don’t need to worry. However, that’s not actually the case, when it comes to sun exposure, you can’t always see the damage. If you want to keep your skin looking beautifully smooth and wrinkle-free, it’s crucial that you limit your sun exposure and wear sunscreen day in, day out, even on cloudy days because the sun’s harmful UV rays are still able to penetrate through the clouds, causing damage to your skin.
By making these simple changes, you can give your skin the beauty boost that it needs.