Show your skin some love this valentine’s day & give the gift of younger, healthier looking skin with these simple skin care tips.
The big day is almost upon us and it’s time to turn our attention to matters of the heart. However, there is another organ which is less talked about but far more visible during those intimate Valentine’s Day moments – the skin!
After the harsh treatment of the summer sun, followed by winter, our skin can be particularly dull and lifeless at this time of year but a little attention in the days running up to February 14th can make all the difference when looking to make a positive first impression.
Getting your Skincare Routine Right
To maintain the health of the skin over the long-term, it is important that our skincare regimen begins with a thorough cleansing prior to applying any toning and moisturizing products.
One of the ways to give your skin an immediate boost is by exfoliating with a peel which is suitable for your skin type. It is never too late to build exfoliation into your skincare routine and the results will soon become apparent as you clear dead skin cells away and stimulate blood flow, enriching your skin with nutrients. Exfoliation should be, at the least, a weekly treatment but twice a week is better if your skin can cope with it.
At the end of each day, remember to take special care to remove all traces of make-up.
Nutrition as a Key to Great Skin
Whether at work or play, our skin comes into contact with chemicals, fumes, weather and everything else our environment throws at us. To carry out its protective function, our skin is continually being replenished from within and this requires a regular supply of nutrients. It follows that we need to eat the right types of food to keep our skin in tip-top condition.
Consuming a wide range of fresh fruit and vegetables in adequate amounts will supply our skin with most of the vitamins and minerals that we need but it is also important to eat plenty of proteins. Proteins are the building blocks of the skin and traditionally can be sourced from meat, poultry, fish and dairy products. However, evidence is mounting that plant proteins from legumes like beans, peas and lentils are better and healthier than animal proteins, which are atherogenic (form plaque). Omega-3 fatty acids are also beneficial for the skin and can be found in certain nuts (e.g almonds and walnuts), seeds (flax) and oily fish. However, again, animal fats, like animal proteins are atherogenic and help block arteries with plaque.
Hydration: From Within and Without
As well as eating enough nutritious food, it is crucial to drink plenty of water to help keep the skin hydrated. If you scratch the back of your arm and it leaves a lingering white trace, your skin could be too dry. Soda drinks are highly acidic and corrosive to teeth so they are not recommended.
Taking cooler baths and showers can help rehydrate dry skin as can substituting harsh soaps for kinder, milder soaps and body lotions. As implied above, your skin is likely to be drier in the winter so it may require extra moisturizer. A few people may get benefit from running a humidifier in their homes and even wear thin gloves and socks to bed.
The Benefits of Exercise
There are few of life’s problems that do not respond positively to exercise and skin problems are no exception. Firstly, exercise produces sweat which will wash toxins out of the body. Secondly, blood flow is improved which, as mentioned earlier, helps keep the skin supplied with nutrients. Exercise also releases endorphins into the body- chemicals which help to reduce stress levels. Many skin conditions are at least partly affected by stress.
Exercise may sound like a daunting prospect for those who aren’t used to it but it needn’t be excessive. Starting off with a gentle jog or cycle a couple of times a week can be enough to start off with. For those who like meeting new people joining a fitness group or a sports club might be the way forward. Even walking 22 minutes daily have been sited by authorities as adequate all round exercise fir most people.
Rest and Recuperation
Our skin also benefits from adequate sleep and is likely to suffer if you exist on less than six hours a night. Our bodies seem to produce collagen during sleep which helps to keep our skin plump and youthful, slowing the advancement of wrinkles. Another symptom of too many late nights is dark circles under the eyes. This is thought to be because of the additional cortisol levels needed to keep a tired body functioning. One of the effects of cortisol is increasing the volume of the blood which makes the small blood vessels under the surface of the skin more prominent.
Meditation and breathing exercises are recommended if you tend to suffer from high stress levels. As well as benefiting the skin, managing stress levels will help you to relax and enjoy your special evenings and events!
Overhaul your Skin Products
What many people don’t realize is that the products they lather on to give them that perfectly smooth and glowing skin are the same products that are undermining the health of their skin and even its underlying structure. All quick chemical fixes are detrimental to the skin.
Take dimethicone, a popular silicone-based polymer favored by skin and hair product manufacturers because of its smooth application. The problem with dimethicone and similar chemicals is that they completely cover the skin and interfere with the processes that keep it clean and healthy such as perspiration and the shedding of dead skin cells. This can lead to all sorts of problems from clogged pores and dehydration to swelling and itching. Another chemical that is controversial is the effective lathering agent sodium lauryl sulfate which can irritate the skin and corrode the fat and protein that give skin its structure.
Substituting your skincare products with natural alternatives and giving your skin the odd day off should allow it to recover its former health and vitality.
Non-Surgical Options for Cosmetic Enhancement
If you are concerned about fine lines, wrinkles, platysmal bands, sub-mental fullness (double-chin) and acne scarring, tweaking your skincare routine is unlikely to have the desired affect; and there may still be time to book a treatment with the Spring of Youth Medical Group. A few procedures, such as Botox®, can provide noticeable improvements within days; while fillers like Voluma, and Juvederm give immediate results.
For details on all of our cosmetic procedures, please visit the Spring of Youth Medical Group website at www.springofyouthmedical.com. Consultations can be arranged by calling our specialist team on (228) 875-0885.