Act now before it is too late. Our lifestyles, dehydration, the food we eat, the cosmetics we apply, and exposure to nature has a detrimental effect on our skin. Most of us hardly bother to care about our skin. By taking timely action, it is possible to prevent the formation of wrinkles on our face and around our eyes that makes us look much older than we are. This guide is primarily targeted at those who are 20 years or more but applies to younger and older people as well. Following the guidelines mentioned below will help you maintain healthy and vibrant skin.
The environment surrounding us plays a significant role in causing harm to our skin. Exposure to ultraviolet radiation that sunshine contains damages the cells of our skin and can cause premature ageing of the skin as well as signs of sun damage such as solar elastosis, actinic keratosis, liver spots, leathery skin, and wrinkles. Dust includes tiny particles of dead skin and debris. These nanoparticle sized pollutants penetrate our skin resulting in the darkening of the skin from the inside and premature ageing. Other common problems caused by polluted air include eczema and rashes.
- Use moisturisers to protect your skin from the elements. You can also apply niacinamide, lanolin, beeswax, and glycerine to prevent your skin from dirt, sun, and wind.
- Prevent sunburns by applying sunscreen at least half an hour before going outside. Reapply the sunscreen every two hours. Opt for a broad spectrum sunscreen, as it protects skin against both UVB and UVA radiation.
- Purchase a sunscreen lotion that has a higher SPF
You need proper hydration to maintain healthy skin. If you do not consume enough water, it leads to dehydration. In such a scenario your body will pull water from your skin tissues to maintain the concentration in your blood. Dehydration also weakens the defence system of your skin as well as creates irritation, skin sensitivity, and premature ageing. On a typical basis, your skin maintains the requisite water level. However factors such as air-conditioning, extreme temperatures, smoking, alcohol, medications, and soap cause damage to the protective barrier of your skin. Dehydrated skin causes you to experience skin related symptoms such as irritation, roughness, cracking, and flakiness. You can avoid these issues by rejuvenating your skin and ensuring that it has a proper hydration level.
- Replenish fluids after you work out
- Drink water while you work out
- Exercise regularly
- Stop smoking
- Drink less coffee and other sources of caffeine
- Avoid consuming alcohol as far as possible
Dangers posed by cosmetics
We all try to look younger and more vibrant by applying makeup to our skin. Most makeups available on the market, including those manufactured by popular brands, contain chemicals that can harm the texture of our skin, when they come in contact with our skin too frequently and for long durations. In addition, sleeping with makeup on clogs our skin pores causing dull, dead skin and acne breakouts. The brushes and other tools used for applying makeup also become breeding grounds for bacteria. Formaldehyde found in some shampoos, cosmetic glues, false eyelash adhesives, hair straighteners, hair dyes, and nail products can damage our immune system, and can also cause cancer. This does not imply that you cannot wear makeup. The preventive measures and tips given below can help reduce skin damage caused by makeup.
- Wash your makeup brushes regularly
- Clean makeup from your face before going to sleep
- Use skincare products recommended by dermatologists
- Buy quality products
- Use foundations as sparingly as possible