Protect your skin from the sun
One of the most important ways to take care of your healthy skin is to protect it from the sun. A lifetime of exposure to sunlight not only increases the risk of skin cancer, but also causes wrinkles, age spots and other skin problems.
For complete sun protection:
Use sunscreen. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a factor of at least 15. You should apply the cream liberally to your face every two hours, even more often if you are swimming or sweating.
Stay in the shade. Avoid going out in the sun between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm, when the sun’s rays are strongest.
Wear protective clothing. Protect your skin with long-sleeved woven T-shirts, long trousers and wide hats. You can also choose special sun protective clothing specially designed to block ultraviolet rays.
Quit smoking if you smoke
Smoking ages the skin and causes wrinkles. Smoking narrows the small blood vessels at the outermost layer of the skin layer and therefore the blood flow decreases and the skin looks paler. This also depletes the skin of oxygen and nutrients that are very important for skin health, depriving the skin of these.
Smoking also damages collagen and elastin tissues that give the skin its strength and elasticity. In addition, the facial expressions you repeat while smoking (such as squinting your eyes to keep the smoke out of your eyes or tightening your lips while inhaling cigarette smoke) can also cause wrinkles.
Because smoking increases your chances of developing skin cancer, if you smoke, the best thing you can do to protect your skin is to quit smoking. You can ask your doctor for tips or treatments to help you quit smoking.
Gently care for your skin
Daily cleansing and shaving can irritate the skin. To apply this care gently:
Limit the frequency of bathing. Hot water and long showers remove essential oils from the skin. So limit the times you take a bath or shower and use lukewarm water instead of hot water.
Avoid using strong soaps. Likewise, strong soaps also destroy the oil on your skin. You can choose milder soaps instead of such soaps.
Shave carefully. Use shaving foam or gel and a clean and sharp razor to protect and lubricate your skin before shaving. In addition, shave in the direction of shaving, not in the opposite direction to the hairs, but in the direction of hair growth.
Dry by lightly tapping your skin. If you gently pat your skin with a towel after washing your face or taking a shower, you will not remove all the moisture from your skin.
Moisturise dry skin. If your skin is dry, moisturise it with a moisturiser suitable for your skin type. For daily use, you can choose moisturisers with sunscreen.
A healthy diet helps you feel and look good. Eat plenty of vegetables, fruit, grains and protein. Although the link between acne and diet is not entirely clear, some research suggests that a diet low in unhealthy fats and processed carbohydrates and rich in fish oil promotes younger-looking skin. Drinking plenty of water also helps keep the skin moisturised.
Uncontrolled stress can lead to sensitive skin, acne and other skin problems. For healthier skin and mental health, take the necessary steps to help you overcome stress. Get enough sleep, set reasonable limits, reduce the scope of your to-do list, and make time for things you enjoy doing. The result may be more impressive than you expect.