Taking care of your skin doesn’t just mean coming into our clinic and undergoing non-surgical aesthetic treatments to refresh and revitalise your complexion.  Happy and healthy skin starts at home, and there are simple steps that you can build into your daily routine that can help improve the quality and texture of your skin.

Here are our top tips for healthy, happy skin:

Exercise more – As you exercise, blood carries oxygen and nutrients to working cells throughout the body, including the skin. Exercise can also help to reduce stress – an issue which has been linked to flare-ups of acne, eczema and rosacea.

Drink plenty – In the study “Dietary water affects human skin hydration and biomechanics” (2015), researchers found that higher water inputs in regular diet might positively impact normal skin physiology, particularly in those individuals with lower daily water consumptions.[1]  European recommendations are that women should drink 1.6 litres of fluid a day in order to ensure that the body remains adequately hydrated, and so that the skin, as well as the rest of the body, can feel the benefit of sufficient water in our system.

Remove make-up gently! – Did you know that by not completely removing make-up every night, you are making it more difficult for your skin to repair itself overnight after a full day of potential damage from the sun, pollution, heat and chemicals? So give your skin a chance to breathe and repair by cleansing properly in the evening, before bed, every night.

Wear SPF every day! Exposure to the sun’s rays, whatever the weather, can work to ‘speed up’ the visible signs of ageing.  Exposure to UVA and UVB rays contributes to the formation of fine lines and wrinkles (as a result of reduced elasticity and a degradation in the overall condition of the skin), as well as pigmentation.

Be careful with Scrubs and peels – As we age, our body’s ability to shed old skin cells reduces, leading to dull-looking skin caused by a build up of these old cells.  Gentle exfoliation of the skin can help to reduce this build up of old cells, revealing fresh skin beneath – however, exfoliation using harsh scrubs can actually tear your skin and contribute to acne flare ups.  To prevent this, look for products with exfoliating ingredients like Glycolic Acid, which works to gently exfoliate dead skin away.

Cut down on the sugar – Sugar is not good for your skin.  Simple carbohydrates, like refined sugar and white bread, cause insulin levels to spike and create inflammation in the body.  This in turn creates enzymes that break down collagen and elastin, resulting in sagging and wrinkles[2].

Reduce alcohol consumption – Drinking alcohol dehydrates the skin, making fine lines and wrinkles more visible. Excessive or sustained alcohol consumption has been linked to the appearance of thread veins (Spider telangiectasis) on the face (though is not the only cause of this), as well as increasing the risk of flare ups of rosacea, psoriasis and dermatitis[3]

Simple changes to your lifestyle really can have a positive impact on the health and condition of your skin, so take some time out of your busy schedule – whether you are planning for a wedding or not – and give your skin the TLC it deserves.

[1] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4529263/

[2] https://www.totaldermatology.com/why-sugar-is-bad-for-your-skin-from-acne-to-wrinkles/

[3] https://www.dermnetnz.org/topics/cutaneous-adverse-effects-of-alcohol/

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