The process of damaging, aging, and other issues you experience with your skin isn’t all natural. Assuming so can actually be harmful. The truth is that your skin has real enemies out there. Enemies that lead to inflammation, to premature aging, to blemishes and damage that could otherwise be preventable. So, it’s time to learn the enemies of your skin and what you can do to win the battle against them.
This one should be no surprise but it’s worth taking every opportunity to remind you how harmful the sun can be. Not just in the summer when it’s at its strongest, but every day. Sun exposure can happen any time and too much of it will always cause your skin to burn, become dehydrated, and can lead to skin cancer. Beyond sunscreen, you need to protect your skin from the sun of a regular basis by taking a cool shower after you’re out in the sun, reapplying moisturizer, using lip balm to hydrate your lips, and drink plenty of water. Sunscreen protects you from the sun, but you need a little aftercare to ensure that its dehydrating effects don’t take hold once you’re out of it, too.
Dirt, sweat, and other yucky things
The debris that our skin catches, sweat, oils built up throughout the day, your makeup. They aren’t entirely harmless. In fact, they are the leading cause of blocked pores which can go on to lead to blackheads, whiteheads, and scarring. Thorough washing and cleansing at nighttime is the only way to make sure that you’re protecting yourself from the risk of blocked pores. A cavalier attitude to make-up removal is one of the mistakes plenty of women make, so follow the guide from Allure teaching you how to systematically ensure that your face is as clean as can be before you go to bed. It’s more than just good hygiene, it’s essential skin protection.
A lack of the oils you need
However, it’s important to mention that cleansing your face isn’t always the answer. A quick wash with water is perfectly fine, but deep cleansing and scrubbing your face in the morning can end up doing more harm that good. As we sleep, we produce oils that help protect, cleanse, and give nutrition to our face. Cleansing those away can actually end up leading to more inflammation, more dehydration, and other negative effects. Essentially, you’re washing away the skin’s natural barrier that helps it stay soft. Of course, if your skin is just far too oily, it can cause problems, so feel free to ignore this tip in that case. Most women, however, will only set their skincare back by so rigorously scrubbing in the morning.
We do not live in a perfectly clean environment where our skin is safe from pollution and the slow, but steady bombardment of toxic materials. For one, many of us will have them in our own skincare products. Look carefully at the ingredients of every product you use. Additives like fragrance or perfume might sound harmless, but they are not. On the other hand, you need to think about the chemicals we deal with in everyday life. Car exhausts, bleaches and cleaning chemicals, pollution is all around us. Products from teams like SENTE include hypoallergenic, non-phototoxic ingredients that can provide not just protection from the sun but a layer of protection from pollutants in the environment, too. In time, you might want to make steps to make the home more allergen-unfriendly and stop using abrasive bleaches. They harm not just your skin, but your eyes and respiratory system, too.
Stress is not some metaphysical concept we use to describe an emotional step. It’s a real process of the brain that can go on to cause hormonal imbalances that can wreak havoc on your body. Including your skin. Stress has been shown to have direct causal links with premature aging and inflammation, including acne. So, spa-treatments like a face mask, even when done at home, aren’t just good for keeping your skin topped up with nutrients. They tackle the mental side of skincare, too, a side that is often not thought of very much at all.
We’ve mentioned products that can dehydrate your skin, and how bad habits regarding cleansing and the sun can dehydrate your skin. That’s because keeping your skin hydrated and moisturized is one of the most important things you can do for it. Beyond helping you look as fine as you do, your skin is a protective layer for the body and hydration helps plump it up and keep it strong. Dry skin looks bad, is uncomfortable, and leads to increased risks of things like skin cancer. Look for hydrating ingredients in all the skincare products you use, not just moisturizer. Again, avoid additives like fragrances, benzoyl peroxide, and salicylic acid which can go on to cause and exacerbate issues with dry skin.
A lack of nutrition
What you eat is just as important as what you put on your skin, if not more important. As with all parts of the body, it is formed entirely by your diet. Mind Body Green breaks down a lot of different vitamins and minerals that your skin needs and some of the ingredients that help you get your dose. There are antioxidants like vitamins C and E that prevent cells from breaking down and producing free radicals, which are the cause of wrinkles and aging. Omega-3 fatty acids, found in foods like salmon and walnuts, are essential for the repair and protection of the whole body, but also offer real benefits in fighting conditions like eczema. If you’re serious about your skincare regime, be serious about what you put on your plate, too.
With the tips above, you should hopefully know who the enemies of your skin are, how they fight, and the weapons you need to beat them back. Make no mistake, your skin is a warzone and if you don’t take seriously, you’re going to lose against premature aging, acne, and all sorts of other nasty outcomes.