Dr Paul Cronin’s sage and simple advice.
©PACC Ltd February 2020
It really isn’t hard to do.
The 10 Best Ways To Take Care Of Your Skin
Some of the best things you can do for your skin don’t require gimmicky routines or fancy products. Rather, thoughtfulness, consistency, and TLC are three simple tools you need to create a foundation of healthy, beautiful skin. From exercising regularly to eating a balanced diet to being conscious of the products you use, we give you 10 simple ways to love your skin.
- Cleanse Your Face Twice a Day. Using a gentle, non-toxic cleanser, be wary of anything too perfumed, sometimes just mild simple soap is best. Wash your face at least twice a day and after bouts of excess sweating or exercise to ensure that skin and pores are free of dirt, grime, and bacteria. Failure to do so can increase pore size, make skin oilier, and even cause acne.
- Get Plenty of Good Sleep. This is really important. Getting good, restful sleep is essential for proper skin cell and tissue rejuvenation. Achieve restful sleep by clearing your mind as much as possible before your head hits the pillow. Power down cellphones, TV, and other stimulating activities about thirty minutes before your intended bedtime, and read a “for fun” book or listen to music instead. Preferably remove most electronic gizmos from the bedside cabinet.
- Choose Your Environments Wisely. Heavy air pollution, cigarette smoke, or artificial fragrance can greatly impact skin health by forming free radicals or causing skin irritations. Be conscious of your environment and opt to hang out in “clean air” environments as often as possible. So think green hills and woods rather than city streets. If you can’t avoid city air, you can help repair skin with thoughtful product selection. Think a good organic cleanser and products made with antioxidants!
- Increase Consumption of Antioxidants. Antioxidants can help to neutralise free radicals, so it’s important to fuel your body with these hardworking ingredients. Eat a healthy diet emphasising vegetables and green foods over beige. Blueberries, sweet potatoes, strawberries, and broccoli are all good food sources of antioxidants. Most green leaves help too.
- Exfoliate Your Face Gently. When skin is dry and flaky we can be tempted to scrub with abrasive ingredients. But resist the urge! Doing so can cause skin irritation or even break the delicate capillaries in the skin. Instead, look for gentle, but effective, exfoliating ingredients like alpha hydroxy acids (AHA) found in natural fruit acids. Even washing your face with a clean flannel can help.
- Exercise Regularly. Exercise – like doing yoga or going for a run – helps to increase blood flow to skin to help keep it clear and free of toxins. It also helps to decrease stress, which we know from experience can have an unsightly effect on skin. Try to do as much exercise outdoors as possible. Practice Forest Bathing. It sounds exotic but being around trees is very good for you both physically and spiritually
- Use A Daily Moisturiser. No matter what your skin type – dry, oily, combination, or acne prone – maintaining a healthy moisture balance is extremely important. Just beware of putting too much on. This can be nearly as problematic as using too little. A simple test is that it should disappear very quickly into the skin leaving it silky smooth. Proper moisture helps prevent dry, flaky skin, and keeps skin cells performing at their most optimal. This can help prevent fine lines and wrinkles from forming. Look for a moisturiser which also includes a sunscreen.
- Drink Plenty of Water. Drinking water feeds the skin from the inside, helping to keep it soft and supple. Dehydration has been known to cause dry and cracked skin. But did you know it can also contribute to dark under-eye circles and acne?
- Use Sunscreen. Too much sun can seriously damage skin. Not only can it dry it out, but it can also create damaging free radicals, which we know contribute to unwanted fine lines, wrinkles, and dark spots. Sunscreen acts as a first line of defence against the sun’s harmful rays and should always be worn during prolonged times of sun exposure.
- Read Ingredient Listings. There are very few, if any, marketing regulations in the personal care industry, so you have to be your own expert and self-police the products you buy. Look at ingredient listings and avoid products that have red flag, toxic ingredients like mineral oil, parabens, propylene glycol, and artificial fragrance. Instead look for products made with non-toxic, organic ingredients that do no harm to the skin. Simplest is definitely best.
Clear, healthy skin is achievable and we’re here to help you find the right combinations to get the job done. If you’re struggling with your skin, particularly with the more visible ageing effects we do have a few options for technical ways to refresh and rejuvenate your skin.
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