As much as we all want to believe that it’s the inside that counts, scars, fine lines, and other blemishes can severely undermine your self-esteem. If you don’t take care of your skin, it can be challenging to socialise and show everyone your best self. Follow these simple tips to keep yourself looking young and healthy.
Protect Yourself from the Sun
Excessive sun exposure is the most common cause of skin damage and wrinkling. To avoid premature ageing, you need to protect yourself from UV rays.
Use sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 whenever you’re out during the day. The sun is strongest between 10 AM and 4 PM, so try to stay indoors or under some shade at this time. Consider getting a wide-brimmed hat to protect your face as well.
Be Gentle with Your Skin
It can be easy to get careless with your skin and gradually damage it. Be gentle with your skin by:
- Limiting shower time and using warm, rather than hot, water
- Using mild cleansers instead of strong soaps
- Applying shaving cream and using a clean razor
- Patting your skin dry instead of rubbing it with a towel
- Moisturising daily
Your diet has a significant impact on your skin’s overall health. Eating healthy slows down the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, helps prevent acne and dry skin, and keeps you looking young.
Make an effort to include foods that are high in vitamins, omega-3 fatty acids, and antioxidants in your diet. This includes nuts, fatty fish like salmon, fruits, and vegetables.
You’ll also see improvements in your mood by eating healthy, which brings us to our next tip.
Stress hormones cause your skin to produce excess sebum, reduce its ability to retain water, and reduce blood flow. This slows down the healing of blemishes and increases the chance of a breakout.
There are many ways to manage stress. However, everyone should try to get more quality sleep, exercise regularly, and take some self-care time.
Everyone knows smoking isn’t healthy for your lungs, and it directly affects your outer appearance as well. The nicotine in cigarettes accelerates ageing by impairing blood flow to your skin, so your skin gets fewer nutrients.
Other chemicals in cigarettes damage collagen, the protein in your skin that gives it structure. As a result, smoking also makes your skin sag more.
All that said, quitting smoking is much easier said than done. If you’re a heavy smoker and want to commit to being healthier, seek medical support.
State-of-the-Art Skin Tightening Machine
Despite your best efforts to keep your skin blemish-free, it’s still possible to get acne scars, fine lines from ageing, or simply injure your skin in an accident. Fortunately, you have options for removing even those.
Alma Laser provides dermatologists and aestheticians with commercial laser skin tightening and contouring machines. Choose one of our certified providers for long-lasting, painless skin rejuvenation solutions. Find one near you on our website.