For my clients and skin geek students;
I have many people come in to the clinic for skin consultations who, would like to purely be educated on there skin and how to look after it best. The science and theory behind skin and beauty cosmetics is forever growing in much detail which can make it very bombarding for people. Here are some key facts about your skin and the skin care which is out there on the market, this will help to give you a good idea on how to move forward with looking after your skin.
Your skin is the largest organ of the body, not only has it got many benefits such as protecting vital organs, to regulate body temperature but it as the key roll of protecting your body from the outside world. It is very important to begin looking after your skin from a young age with nutritional skin care to maintain skin health over the years, at the end of the day, it is easier to prevent damage then to try and fix what is already there. One of the main reasons why we see concerns on our skin is due to damage and neglect over the years through diet, life style, genetics, hormones, medication, and environmental factors. As time goes on our skin cells begin to not function as well as they should and break down. Just like all of the organs of our body our skin needs nutrition, due to our low notorious diets and the hormones and pesticides in our foods, when we consume nutrition it goes to our organs which need it the most such as our liver, heart, lungs, brain, kidneys ect. This leaving the skin not gaining enough nutrition from the inside but also taking a batter from the outside due to protecting us from the outside world. So going back to the pure science, your skin needs nutrition from the bottom up and the top down! Many products which are out there on the market are full of hormones, fragrances, alcohol, parabens which strip the barrier defence system and the acid mantel of the skin causing cells to break down and not do there jobs as they should, this resulting in skin concerns such as pigmentation, acne, lines, wrinkles, sensitised skin, rosacea, broken capillaries and much more! Tips when looking into skin care; Avoid skin care brands which are full of perfumes, alcohol, fragrances, colouring…
Drink at least 2-3 litres of water a day!
Cleanse AM and PM
Your skin is a window to the body, if your body and mind is in its best health, it will glow through your skin. Look after yourself.
Always look at your skin care regime as protect, repair and prevent. You cannot fix the skin if your not protecting, you can not repair if your not protecting and preventing, you can not prevent if you do not protect. Your skin regime should include ingredients to fix concerns, ingredients to protect the skin from the outside world (such as an SPF) and ingredients to prevent further damage.
You must wear a minimum of a broad spectrum SPF 30 on your skin. Broad spectrum captures UVA rays and UVB rays. UVA ray penetrates through windows and we are exposed to this ray even on the most cloudiest and rainy days. This ray causes ageing. The UVB ray is what burns us in the sun and contributes to skin cancer. An SPF also protects your skin from the outside world such as free radicals and environmental damage which causes skin concerns.
If you are not going to invest in decent skin care of skin specialist clinics who have medical grade products full of high dosages of pure active ingredients and nutrition then go as natural and organic as you can. Vitamin C and Vitamin A is a dermatologist favourite to help against major skin concerns. Ingredients such as aloe Vera is a good way rebuild the skin and act as a neutralising anti inflammatory.
Healthy balanced diet.
When cleansing your skin, ensure that you cleanse for a minimum of 30 seconds with warm water and massage. This will stimulate the blood supply which carries oxygen and nutrition to the skin, this will also stimulate the lymphatic system which carries toxins and waste away from the area. By doing this it can allow products to penetrate deeper into the skin.
When in doubt, ask for advice, many skin specialists will offer free advise to help you pick your skin care regime.
Have regular facials to give your skin that extra kick.
Always remember that many over the counter products are brands competing against each other so that a customer will make a purchase. This meaning that brands spend much more money in the marketing then the investment of a decent skin care product. Always do your research.
Averagely exfoliate around 2-3 times a week. Do not over strip the skin with harsh exfoliators and soaps. Your skin needs rebuilding and nurturing, not stripping unless advised otherwise by specialists.