Protect your skin. Sun damage is ageing and irreversible. Clinical studies show that sunscreen can retard the progress of various forms of skin cancer. However, the protection must be of a high SPF factor and applied regularly. Sunscreen may also inhibit other changes to the skin such as pigmentation and uneven texture, both very ageing. Look for products with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide as these ingredients will help guard against the sun's longer and shorter-length rays.
Do not squeeze your spots. Spots are a sign that all is not quite right with the skin and sometimes with the body. Spots are a sign of stress, unhealthy diet and lifestyle, allergies, pollution etc. But whatever the reason do not try to put things right by squeezing them! This can actually push bacteria deeper into the skin and create an infection. And please, think about where your hands have been before you start as you could be introducing further bacteria causing inflammation which can result in pigmentary changes and scaring.
Throw away old, used products. Cosmetic regulations do not force companies to print expiration dates on product labels. European regulations now require products to display a graphic of a jar being open. However, not all brands show this or advise on shelf life. Also, unless you contact the company for a date your purchase was created (which is unlikely), you could be buying a product which is already months old. Whilst this is not necessarily a problem, think about the artificial ingredients used to allow a product to last so long. Using creams can mean that people may transfer bacteria from their fingers to the product. If your product contains water, this can lead to the growth of micro-organisms. It is therefore advisable to discard a skin care product one year after opening. Micro-organisms can also grow in mascara tubes (creating the risk of eye infections) and on lipsticks. It goes without saying that you should never share these products with your girlfriends. Once opened, discard mascara after three months and lipstick after 6 months.
Reduce stress levels and increase sleep. It is well documented that stress can cause havoc with our health and skin but when we deprive ourselves of a good night sleep our immune system may be weakened and our skin takes longer to recover. Intense or long term stress can lead to mental and physical symptoms such as anxiety and depression, digestive problems, palpitations, and headaches and migraines. Our skin can show obvious signs of stress and sleep deprivation such as dark shadows, eczema, spots, dry patches, and even psoriasis. Sleep requirements vary from person to person, but it should be between 6 and 8 hours, but your body and skin will tell you how much you need.
Simplify your skincare routine. Using too many products on your skin can cause inflammation and soreness, and even permanent damage. In our search for eternal youth and a smooth blemish free complexion, we often use too many products at once, which contain harsh ingredients: vitamin A, salicyclic acid, lactic acid, abrasions, and so on. Whilst being a strong barrier, our skin is too fragile to withstand this kind of abuse. The best we can do is strengthen and feed it with antioxidants such as vitamin E, plant extracts such as green and white tea, and good nutrition.
Use a natural cleanser suited to your skin type. Nourish and protect with a therapeutic day cream. Rejuvenate with an antioxidant rich preparation in the evening and apply by massaging well into the skin for a few minutes. Intense or long term stress can lead Once a week, to mental and physical symptoms deep cleanse such as anxiety and depression, digestive problems, palpitations, and apply a headaches and migraines. moisturising or clay mask. Not only is this simple regime kinder for your skin, but if you choose organic, you will be limiting your exposure to potentially harmful ingredients, using products which are not tested on animals and are much kinder to the environment. Not to say much lighter on the pocket!
Limit your spending Many people reason that expensive products equate premium results. However, beauty manufacturers are not required to publish studies on the efficacy of their products so consumers are not really able to make a truly informed choice. They cannot really determine whether the expensive product works better than the less expensive item containing similar ingredients. Premium products usually contain more perfume (which invariably is not natural) and is heavily packaged.
Achieving good skin care is not proportionate to the amount of money you spend. You will be spending on marketing, packaging and even celebrity endorsements.