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Happy skin is healthy skin. Great skin is a combination of a regular skin care routine, living a healthy lifestyle and using some good old-fashioned common sense. – Nerissa Bentley – Journalist
Let’s face it — we all want gorgeous, glowing skin. However, the best skin isn’t a result of using the most expensive creams, lotions and serums. Great skin is a combination of a regular skin care routine, living a healthy lifestyle and using some good old-fashioned common sense.
Here we list our top tips for the happiest, healthiest skin.
Sun exposure is the single biggest contributor to prematurely ageing skin and skin cancer. Effective protection includes using a high SPF sunscreen of at least 30, wearing sun-protective clothing (including hats and sunglasses), and seeking out shade when outdoors.¹
Smoking is associated with premature ageing and wrinkles.²
Protein is full of amino acids which help create collagen which prevents wrinkles and sagging, and keeps your skin looking young.
Fish, in particular oily fish such as salmon, sardines and mackerel is high in omega-3 essential fatty acids, which play a crucial role in producing the skin’s natural oil barrier.
Use a shaving cream that softens and moisturises the skin, and ensure your razor is sharp.
Strong soaps and detergents can dry skin out, as well as cause allergic reactions in people with sensitive skin. Choose washes and cleansers that are free from soap and fragrances.
Drink plenty of water, as dehydrated skin looks tired, old and dull.
Regular exercise boosts blood flow to the skin, ensuring the cells are properly nourished.4
Sleep plays an important role in the repair and renewal of skin, as well in the production of collagen.5
Recent research shows a link between high-sugar diets and aged skin.6
Some bacteria on your face can be the cause of breakouts and skin irritation, so take care not to touch your face, use a hand sanitizer on your hands when out and about and wipe your mobile phone with an antibacterial wipe!
If you have a pimple or blemish, resist the urge to squeeze it or pick it. Doing so can increase the risk of further pimples and blemishes.
Great-looking skin is well moisturised, so use a quality product, suited to your skin type, and apply after bathing to lock in moisture.
Makeup can clog pores, so ensure you thoroughly remove all traces before going to bed. Be certain to apply your moisturiser so your skin receives optimal nourishment while you sleep.
Beautiful skin doesn’t happen by accident. However, by taking on board some basic skin tips, you can enjoy the best skin you’ve ever had
1. University of Maryland Medical Center. Skin wrinkles and blemishes [online]. 2012 [cited 22 August 2016]. Available from: http://umm.edu/health/medical/reports/articles/skin-wrinkles-and-blemishes
2. Scollo, MM and Winstanley, MH. The health effects of active smoking. In: Tobacco in Australia: Facts and issues. Melbourne: Cancer Council Victoria; 2015. Chapter 3.14 Available from: http://www.tobaccoinaustralia.org.au/chapter-3-health-effects/3-14-effects-of-smoking-on-the-skin
3. McFarland JL.Protein is important for beautiful skin, hair and nailsSkin [online]. [cited 12 Sept 2016].Available from: http://www.nutritionexpress.com/showarticle.aspx?articleid=224
4. Jaret P. Exercise for Healthy Skin [online]. 2011 [cited 22 August 2016]. Available from:http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/acne/features/exercise#3
5. Blahd W. The Truth About Beauty Sleep [online]. 2015 [cited August 22 2016]. Available from: http://www.webmd.com/beauty/skin/beauty-sleep
6. Noordam R, Gunn D.A., Tomlin C.C. et al. High serum glucose levels are associated with a higher perceived age. AGE 2013; 35 (189).
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