Updated: Feb 3, 2021
As the saying goes, beauty is only skin-deep—yet there is more to health than a smooth palette. Remember, your skin is the largest barrier you have against infection and the primary defence against the environment. By keeping your skin moisturised, you enhance its ability to protect the rest of your body from the elements. Here are a few effortless skincare tips to putting your best face forward.
Secret #1 - Avoid Long, Steamy Showers
After a long, arduous day at work, nothing relaxes more than a long, hot shower. Yet, it strips the skin of moisture and can eliminate protective oils. Instead, limit your bath to ten minutes, opting for a cooler spray to rejuvenate the body. Your refreshed skin will thank you for it later when you’re sipping hot cocoa in bed.
Secret #2 - Moisturise, Moisturise, Moisturise
Everyone should moisturise! Moisturising twice a day is a must to keep your skin looking and feeling its best: once in the morning and once at night. This ensures your skin's moisture will remain constant both throughout the day and while you sleep, so you can always look forward to supple, healthy skin.
The right moisturizer both adds strength to your skin’s protective barrier and improves its elasticity by promoting collagen production. Collagen is the major protein in your skin, so anything that helps keep your collagen levels high is essential to any successful skincare regimen.
Secret #3 - Use a face cream/sunscreen combo every day
Even the five minutes you spend in the sun running into a shopping centre or work each day add up. One of the most important ways to take care of your skin is to protect it from the sun. A lifetime of sun exposure can cause wrinkles, age spots and other skin problems. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen moisturiser with an SPF of at least 15.
Secret #4 - Snack on Oranges
Oranges are beneficial for the skin. Rich in vitamin C, oranges are an excellent vessel for manufacturing collagen in the skin. Collagen keeps the skin looking smooth and youthful. If you aren’t keen on oranges as a snack, consider introducing guava, kiwi, and red peppers into your diet.
Secret #5 - Exfoliate Your Skin
Proper exfoliation allows you to shed a growing barrier of dead skin cells that tend to clog the face. It also ensures that moisturising products can more deeply penetrate the skin. If you have scaly skin, using a loofah can help smoothen it, even keeping ingrown hairs under control.
Secret #6 - Always sleep on a clean pillowcase
Your skin can pick up dirt and bacteria, traces of makeup, dead skin cells, saliva, and hair product residue from a pillowcase that hasn't been washed. So flip your pillow over once a week and wash it every two to avoid a buildup of these pore-clogging substances.
Secret #7 - Avoid Touching Your Face
As tempting as it can be to rub your eyes or itch your nose when you’re out and about, keep in mind that your hands are a magnet for dirt and germs. If you’re interacting with various surfaces in a single day, stroking your chin or even cupping your cheek and transfer everything on them to your face. Always wash your hands for at least twenty seconds after handling any surface.
Secret #8 - Try a Different Moisturiser Every Season
As the seasons change, so will how your skin reacts to its environment. During the drier, winter season, your skin might begin to flake and crust, while it may become oily during the summer. Thus, keep it extra-moisturised from May to September.
Secret #9 - Remove Excess Oil
If your face is looking a tad too shiny, use blotting paper throughout the day. Avoid using pressed powder, which usually contains oil as an active ingredient.
Secret #10 - Choose Products Carefully
No two skincare products are identical to one another, even when they serve the same purpose. If you have sensitive skin, do your research before purchasing someone else’s holy grail. Stay away from items with artificial colouring and fragrances.
An effective skincare routine requires research and dedication. While a pimple or two may not bother you, they can become cystic if you leave them unattended!
If you’ve been struggling with how to get rid of acne, book a session with Advanced Laser Clinic. Through our laser treatments and micro-peels, you can get your skin looking better than ever over just a few appointments.