Simple ways to serve your skin well

2016-03-24 06:00

EVERY day, your skin is exposed to elements such as the weather, air pollution, bacteria, dirt and excess oil that can cause skin impurities which, coupled with our stressful lifestyles, can leave your skin dull and uneven. When oily pores get infected with germs, the problem can become even worse, causing swelling and redness.

Here are a few tips to help you unlock your natural glow and keep your skin healthy.

• Cleanse properly

Overstimulating your face can also cause breakouts. The best way to cleanse your face is to wet your face with lukewarm water and use your fingertips to apply a hygiene soap. Avoid scrubbing as this will irritate the skin. Rinse with lukewarm water and pat dry with a soft towel.

• Lather on the sun screen

Our sunny South African skies make the perfect backdrop for the memories of youth but don’t forget the sun screen. According to the Cancer Association of South Africa, at least 80% of sun-induced skin damage occurs before the age of 18 and only manifests later in life.

• Keep hydrated

Skin is an organ that is made up of cells, which are in turn made up of water. If your skin does not get the correct amount of water your skin becomes dry, tight and flaky. When skin is hydrated and plump, it is less-prone to irritations and blemishes. Add a few slices of your favourite fruit to the water for a bit of variety.

• Hands off the face

As you go about your day you touch things that you are sometimes not even aware of, spreading germs which can be eliminated by washing your hands with soap. Touching your face with dirty hands not only increases the risk of impurities but can cause sickness due to the spread of germs. Picking at your face can also spread infection and cause unsightly spots.

• Housekeeping

How often do you wash your make-up brushes, disinfect your cellphone or change your sheets? These small changes can do a world of good for your skin and health.

Make-up brushes collect dead skin cells, bacteria and oil, which can cause breakouts. Make-up brushes should be cleaned at least once a month, and your cellphone should be wiped down at least once a day.

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