1. Keep it clean! No alcohol
The cosmetic and beauty market is full of creams, serums and cleansers. All fighting to be the product you put in your basket. But in our busy lives we forget to not take everything at face value. Treat your skincare like a potential suitor, and just remember, their ingredients label is their Facebook page. Scroll through and judge their ingredients list; scrutinise it until you are left with an answer. Is it right for me? A big thing to watch out for in your potential skin cream suitors is whether they have alcohol in them.
Most believe that if your skin is left squeaky clean after putting on a skincare product, then it must have been effective. But just like when we consume too much alcohol, we are left delusional. What it is actually doing is stripping away all the natural oils that your skin needs to stay moisturised, and leaving your skin irritated. So when possible, try to find products with not a lot of alcohol in them.
A great tip to remember is that the ingredients list is set out in order. The order is from highest to lowest, so the start of the list is what the product is made mostly of (this is most often water, or ‘aqua’). Always read the first six ingredients and compare as to whether they will work with your skin. Research is your best friend.
2. Sleep on silk
Quite often we can over-think how many products we use or what type of products we should be using, but we overlook the simple things. An average adult’s sleep around eight to ten hours a day, which means for eight to ten hours of the day our face is pressed up against a pillow. Most of us have the standard cotton/polyester pillowcases, but the problem with this is the texture. Throughout the night we may toss and turn, some may even roll out of bed completely. But while we do this our skin is being tugged and dragged by the rough material, and because of this our skin over the years could wrinkle prematurely.
So switch your pillowcases for silk ones. Silk is a natural material that is also hypoallergenic and naturally resistant to dust. This will reduce the chemicals your skin is subjected to by your pillow. This means that your skin is less likely to be clogged in the night by dirt or dust on your pillow. If a silk pillow doesn’t suit you, you can simply change your pillowcase more often, around one to two times a week.
3. Let your face breathe at home
I am sure this is a common routine for most of us. You get home after a long day at work and throw off your clothes and settle into some cosy pyjamas, so you can finally breathe. Well, why not do this for your face! Along with your work clothes, slip out of the make-up you have been wearing and give your face some time to breathe. By doing this you help your pores, and also it means you won’t forget to take your make-up off before bed, when all you want is to curl up in your bed.
4. Dab, don’t rub!
Most of us live in the here and now, so sometimes we may forget to treat things with the tenderness they need and deserve. This is precisely how we need to start treating our skin. It goes through a daily battle against the elements, so if we want our skin to stay healthier for longer we have got to stop fighting against our skin. One of the steps to do this, is to stop rubbing and tugging at your skin. Here are a few small ways to help your skin:
- When drying your face, dab the towel on your face instead of rubbing it harshly
- If you use any product on your face, place it on your fingertips and place on different parts of your face. Then go around and dab it across the rest of your skin. This is especially important around the eye area, as wrinkles can be formed from continual stretching
- Lastly, when you have a need to rub your eyes, try to press your hand lightly on your eye for a few seconds. This is a lot less harsh then pulling your eye with your hands
5. Always wear sun cream.
Sun cream is not just for your trip to Spain, but for the cloudy English days as well. The main cause of skin damage and premature ageing is down to sun damage. A study was done in Australia from 1992 to 1996 that shows the need for sun cream to reduce skin aging. It highlighted how daily sun cream use showed a decrease in signs of ageing, with wrinkles and dark spots less visible on the participants who used the sun cream every day.
So make sun cream a part of your daily routine and add it on after your moisturiser. You can find many face sun creams that won’t leave a ghostly cast over your face. This will also decrease your risk of getting skin cancer.
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