The beauty industry continues to grow as more and more companies develop products that suit more specific needs. It’s not only companies but influencers that also share their personal skincare experiences. It is not the products that go on the skin that can heavily impact skin health, it’s a collection of habits that can aid the skincare journey.
It is essential to wash your face twice a day. The skin is the largest organ in the body and provides defences against pollution, dirt and other foreign objects from entering the body. All of these factors cause build up in the pores and can lead to skin reacting negatively, such as enlarged pores, spots or breakouts.
After a long day of working, studying or even day to day life, the skin has been protecting the body from all sorts of pollution and free radicals. The second cleanse, according to some scientists is more important as the skin is exposed to more pollution for longer.
If your skin is not cleansed, you’re going to bed with everything the skin has been exposed to that day, sitting on your face. It helps to leave the skin as a clean slate for applying serums and moisturisers. Facial cleansing is a big part of maintaining healthy skin, especially for makeup wearers.
As the skincare market witnesses growth, many consumers are more aware of what they should be using their skin type. However, no amount of skincare alone can improve the appearance and health of the skin, it also boils down to diet.
Drinking water makes a huge difference as the cells in the body is made up of mostly water. Water plays a critical role in keeping balance in the skin. When skin is well hydrated, the appearance is more radiant, and pores are less visible. Diet is also just as important as drinking water. Foods rich with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals can help keep wrinkles away, neutralize free radicals, protect skin from sun damage & pollution. Consuming lots of sugary foods and drinks can impact how much skin breaks out. By cutting down on these types of food can make a big difference. Similar to salty food, sodium is responsible for water retention which can lead to puffiness around the eyes.
This one is easier said than done, but how much stress and sleep a person has can negatively impact the skin. When someone is stressed, the body releases a hormone called cortisol which can cause sebum production to increase which can lead to clogged pores and acne breakouts. Not only that, stress can exacerbate other skin inflammatory conditions such as eczema, rosacea, psoriasis and many more. Stress can also appear on the skin as rashes and hives.
Moving onto sleep, an average adult should be getting at least 7 hours of sleep. This gives the body time to regenerate new skin cells and repair damaged ones. Normally, the first sign of sleep deprivation shows around the eyes as dark circles or sagging skin. The benefits of sleep are far more than just the skin; it helps the overall health of the body and lets the body be able to function at its optimal state.
In recent years, there has been a huge emphasis on organic skincare products and ingredients. The whole skincare industry is not regulated as much as people think. Labels can say organic but this might not be entirely true, especially if the products are formulated by people who are not properly certified. Most products have a shelf life label on them, to let the consumer know how long it can be used safely after it has opened. There are a few websites that have access to a large skincare database to help consumers know when the products were made and when they actually expire if the information is not available. But due to the skincare industry not being as regulated not all products are available to check but there are still many that can be.
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