Great skin can be hereditary but can also be the result of a good skin-care regime and healthy lifestyle. Some skin complaints may have complex causes such as hormone interference or a medical condition whilst others are a by-product of unhealthy living and external influences. Before consulting a skin clinics dermatologist, taking a look at skin care habits may pinpoint some reasons for lacklustre skin, which can be improved by making some simple changes.
- Use Sunscreen – Spending time outdoors without using sunscreen, even in dull weather, can lead to lines, wrinkles and mottled skin. Wearing a sunscreen that protects against UVA and UVB rays, with a minimum of SPF 30 will help prevent further damage especially if applied every two to three hours. Tanning beds have the same effect on skin so should be avoided.
- Smoking – Smoking causes dull skin, premature ageing and nasty lines around the mouth. Smoking is not only bad for the appearance, it is also damaging to health. Speak to a GP about help with giving up smoking, or consult a pharmacist about the various products available to help quit the habit then reap the benefits with improved skin and health.
- Keep Skincare Simple – Overloading the skin with products in an attempt to create perfect skin just doesn’t work, explains Liam from Civilized Health. Some products cancel out the benefits of others and using many different ingredients can cause skin irritation. Dermatologists recommend a simple skincare regime involving cleansing, toning, moisturising and using products like retinol which can boost collagen, lighten brown spots and improve skin texture. And of course applying sunscreen should be added to the skincare regime to protect the skin from harmful UV rays.
- Lead A Balanced Life – Stress, poor diet and lack of sleep all contribute to dull tired skin. Getting seven or more hours of good undisturbed sleep and exercising regularly keeps the body healthy and will reflect on the skin. Regular sleep promotes cell turnover and the production of collagen whilst exercise boosts circulation and encourages nutrient flow to the skin. Exercise can also keep stress in check reducing the release of stress hormones, which can worsen skin conditions such as acne. Eating well with plenty of fruits and vegetables in the diet, adequate fibre and a balanced intake of protein, carbohydrates and fats will keep skin healthy, and nourish it from within.
- Adjust Skincare Products Seasonally – Whilst the skincare regime should be kept simple, changing moisturiser from an oil free light summer cream to a more emollient winter cream makes sense when cold weather and central heating can deplete the skin of moisture.
Attaining good skin can be a mix of common sense, good health habits and a simple regime. If skin problems persist, then professional help should be sought.