Skin experts say that the best way to keep your skin healthy and looking young is to protect it from the sun and not smoke: and after that,taking care with how you wash, moisturize your skin and shave also help.Not only does exposure to UV increase a person’s risk of skin cancer,it also affects the elastin in the skin, which leads to wrinkles and sun-induced skin ageing such as leatheriness and blotchy pigmentation.Featured below are 5 tips for healthy skin…
Tip1 Sun protection
To protect yourself from,following three methods (with maximum protection coming from using all three).
a. Avoid the sun during high intensity hours: the sun’s rays do the most damage between 10 am and 4 pm, so limit the time you spend outside during this period.
b .Wear protective clothing: wear long sleeved shirts, long trousers or pants and a hat with a wide brim. Remember that tight woven fabric (egdenim) offers better protection than loosely woven fabrics like knits.
c. Use sunscreen: go for a broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF (sun protection factor) higher than 15 and apply generously about 20 minutes before you go out and then every two hours. You will need to apply more frequently if you go in the water or sweat a lot.
Tip2 Don’t smoke (and drink the alcohol)
Research shows that smoking alone ages skin. In a study published in the Archives of Dermatology in 2007, researchers at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbour, in the US, described how they examined the upper inner arms of smokers and non-smokers aged from 22 to 91 and found that after taking into account age and other variables, the number of packs of cigarettes that the smokers smoked per day was significantly linked to skin ageing. They looked at the skin on the upper inner arms to minimize the influence of sun exposure.
In addition,Drinking alcohol can make your body and skin dehydrated, leaving the skin looking old and tired. So if you are drinking alcohol drink plenty of water and stick to sensible amounts. Have a non-alcoholic drink like soda water or watery fruit juice in between the alcoholic ones to help your body rehydrate.
Tip3 Clean your skin regularly and apply moisturizer
Cleansing is an important part of skin care because it removes dirt and bacteria and the key is to do it gently.Use warm rather than hotwater and limit the time you spend in the bath or shower to 15 minutes or less as too much time in hot water strips oils from your skin.
Face being moisturized
Moisturizing protects the skin from drying and acts as a protective layer for the skin.Also, use mild rather than strong soaps and avoid irritating additives such as perfumes and dyes, especially if you have sensitive skin.When removing make up take care with the delicate skin around the eyes, and if you use waterproof make up you may need an oil-based product to make sure you get it all off.
Tip4 Get enough quality sleep
Sleep is essential for healthy skin. Not enough quality sleep will make your skin look tired and older, especially with bags under your eyes. Poor quality sleep can become a vicious cycle because lack of sleep makes you irritable, anxious and depressed, and that makes it harder to get good sleep.Make sure you have plenty of physical exercise as this reduces stress and creates a healthy tiredness that helps sleep. Yoga and swimming are also good ways to improve sleep.Aerobic exercise increases the oxygen circulating in your body which helps the skin stay vibrant and healthy.
Tip5 Shave with care
People shave to make their skin smooth and hairless, but this can irritate the skin, especially if it is thin, dry and sensitive.
For a smooth shave the Mayo Clinic experts advise that you shave after a warm bath or shower (or press a warm wet cloth on your skin) tosoften the hair, don’t shave dry skin, use a clean, sharp razor, and shave in the direction of hair growth.