My top 7 skin tips for Healthy, Glowing Skin
If I could teach you what I have learned from treating skin concerns for the past 30 years and how to look after your skin, this is my passion in life! For as long as I can remember I have nagged and cajoled my family and friends to follow these 7 golden rules for healthy, glowing skin!
1. Sunscreen is your best tool to prevent premature lines and wrinkles, pigmentation and sensitive, red, dehydrated skin. Go for SPF 30 and put it on all the parts of your skin that isn’t covered by clothing. Especially as we age our skin is getting thinner and is more susceptible to sunburn. Think of sunscreen as your environmental protector to shield against the sun, extremes of weather and the new kids on the block – all mobiles devices – and do not forget that SPF 30 should be applied every day even during the winter.
2. Moisturise where your skin needs it. Cleanse skin then wait for a few minutes – where does the skin feel tight? Is there any dry, flaky skin on your face? Check your close up mirror (I have x5 magnifying mirror ) and look to see if there are any horizontal lines across your cheeks or forehead. Flaky skin and horizontal fine lines are signs of dehydration and therefore a sign of lack of moisture. Think of people you know who look younger than their years and take a good look at their skin. It’s been proven that people who moisturise slow the ageing process down. PS. If you have oily skin – check the moisturiser you are using is water based in order that you do not block up your skin.
3. Cleanse thoroughly AM & PM. Ensure you take off your make-up at night before going to bed. I realise this is probably my most nagging tip….but you wouldn’t believe how many skin problems are caused simply because some people go to bed without cleansing their skin! Hey, listen I get it, you are tired and just want to get some sleep. So if that is you, why don’t you cleanse your skin earlier in the evening, maybe a couple of hours before retiring? Think this way… if you take off all the dirt, grime and excess bacteria, this is going to allow your skin to detox, prevent clogged pores, blackheads or spots and premature ageing. Going to bed with a clean skin means that your skin can properly renew and nourish itself – and really you are getting a Beauty Sleep!
4. Exfoliate when necessary. So what does that mean? If you have oily or acne skin, it’s good to exfoliate your skin 3 times a week. If you have normal to combination skin, then I would say 2 times a week. However, if you have dry, sensitive or dehydrated skin, then no exfoliation please. Also be sure if you exfoliate, use a mild exfoliator. Exfoliation should be thought of as another step to cleanse and if you have open pores, clogged pores or dull, sallow or ageing skin, then you need to put this step in your routine. Lastly, try to exfoliate only at bedtime and not in the morning. I do not believe it’s good to cleanse and exfoliate, which is taking off dead skin cells and thereby thinning the top layer of your skin, then going outside when the weather may affect your skin by sensitising it.
5. Use skincare products that contain antioxidants which are going to fight the free radicals, those rogue cells that cause damage to skin’s DNA. Free radicals are caused by pollution such as smog, dust and cigarette smoke as well as the sun. When I see skin with brown spots, broken blood vessels, loose saggy and wrinkled skin, I know that free radicals have had a field day in this person’s skin. So please make sure you are using skincare with antioxidants that are going to neutralise the rogue cells and keep your skin healthy. Look out for skincare which includes vitamin A, vitamin C and vitamin E.
6. Water – another one of Joanie’s favourite nags, ‘Drink more water.’ When you lips are dry and I see dehydrated lines on the cheeks, this to me is a sign that you aren’t drinking enough water. Drinking water is like putting internal moisture into your body and you do know that your body is made up of 60% water. Think like a plant, when you give it plant water what happens? The plant grows and is healthy – right? Water does so much for skin e.g. detoxes it and plumps up the layers so that skin looks younger and healthier. Water also reduces inflammation in the body, so those of you with chronic inflammatory skin disorders such as rosacea, psoriasis or acne should ensure they are drinking 2 litres a day.
7. Nutrition. You may have heard of my mantra before, you are what you eat, and this is especially important for your skin. Just before I mentioned the rogue cells – free radicals – which can damage your cells including causing cancer. So we have to eat antioxidants in foods that are going to keep our skin and bodies healthy. Think fresh fruit and vegetables and you will be getting those important vitamins A, C & E into your body and therefore into your skin cells.