It doesn’t matter whether you’re in your teens or your sixties – your skin is important to you, and looking after it is the best way to keep it looking fresh and young for your whole life.
The chances are that you’ve read a boatload of articles and watched tonnes of videos on how to keep your skin looking and feeling its best, but with so many ‘hacks’ and quick-fixes, what is important, and what can you do to protect your skin from harm and look beautiful every day?
Drink more water
Perhaps the most obvious way to look after your skin and keep it fresh and hydrated is to moisturize on a regular basis.
Drinking at least two
What’s more, if your body is dehydrated, it’s your skin that will suffer the most, likely to go dry and then suffer from cracking if you’re not careful.
If you’re not a huge water drinker, then buy a water bottle and make an effort when you’re in the office or at the gym to stay topped up. You can also add in a sugar-free cordial to make it more enjoyable, or opt for some fruit juice or milk, but in small quantities to reduce sugar and fat intake.
Finally, fruit and vegetables are other good sources of H2O – and the minerals are good for your skin health, so stock up on carrot sticks and strawberries on your lunch break.
Buy personalized skin care
One of the most exciting trends in the clean skincare world right now is personalized skin care – the ability to purchase skin care products that have been customized to your age, sex, skin type, tone, concerns and scent preference, which creates the ultimate synergy with your skin and allows you to treat your face and body with the love and attention it deserves.
New skincare brands like Bellus are transforming the way we look after our skin, and with a truly personalized skin care regime, it’s hard not to give your skin the 10/10 treatment it requires.
In order to find the right skincare products for you, you’ll be asked a series of questions that will help determine the butter, oils, and elements that your skin and body requires the most.
If you live in a cold climate, for example, then you’ll likely need more moisturization than someone who lives by the beach, and those with sensitive skin may need some specific oils and elements to stop them from drying out or breaking out with a bout of acne of eczema.
It’s another obvious one, but it’s surprising how many people forget about sunscreen when they are bathing at the beach or on holiday.
Even if you live in a cool climate like the United Kingdom, it’s important to have sunscreen ready to go when UV rays are high, as if you’re not protected, then your skin is more likely to suffer from wrinkling and early aging.
Whether it’s sunny or it’s raining, it’s good to have sunscreen or a moisturizer with SPF protection to keep your skin safe from harmful ultraviolet rays and prevent sun damage.
Don’t overlook this one – yes, it’s inconvenient to change your skincare products, but it’s for the good of your health. You’ll be glad you made the effort as you begin to age and your skin stays youthful.
Another common skincare hack to consider is to stop wiping and rubbing your skin to get rid of makeup – and no, we don’t mean that you should leave your makeup on, either!
In some countries, it’s common to pat your skin, rather than rub, which will keep your skin looking soft and fresh and prevent it from damage and stretching.
Think about it – if you’re using a wipe or a sponge to remove makeup or apply
By patting your skin with a cleanser, and patting on makeup and moisturizer, you’ll be able to ensure that skincare ingredients properly enter into your skin rather than move from one part to another, and keep your face moisturized and fresh. Give it a go and see what happens.
Change your pillows
Tiny things can play a huge role in your skin care, and this next tip is probably not something you thought about. Your pillowcases and covers are in direct contact with your skin a lot – if you’re a good sleeper, then you’ve likely got your face on a pillow for eight to 10 hours a night – and that’s a long time for the natural oils and bacteria from your skin to fester onto the pillowcase, only to be reintroduced the following night when you head to bed.
Over time, this can lead to unhealthy, unclean skin, as well as acne and breakouts, so consider changing your pillowcases every few days. We recommend five days to a week – buying a couple of extra sets, and you’ll be able to change your pillowcases even if your duvet isn’t ready yet.
Have a makeup-free day
We get it – your makeup is important to you, and being able to express yourself (or hide blemishes) through blusher and foundation gives you confidence when you’re at work or college. But from time to time, having a day off of your makeup routine can help you to feel more relaxed, and it gives your skin a proper chance to breathe.
Depending on your skin and makeup routine, you’ll likely leave your pores clogged and unable to breathe, meaning they’ll build up oils and dirt which cause your skin to suffer from breakouts over time. That’s not good news for your natural complexion, and a make-up free day is a great way to combat it.
If you’re not comfortable wearing no makeup out of the house, then go makeup-free on your next lazy day when you’re relaxing around the house. No makeup, no product, just natural skin, and some moisturizer. Your skin will be grateful, and over time, it will help to improve the appearance and health of your skin, leaving you looking as fresh as a daisy!
There you have it – just some of the ways to protect your skin and stay looking youthful. Let us know your thoughts on Twitter @Fuzzable, and check back soon for more tips and tricks.