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Take the oath – Skin commandments to listen to your 30s
Whether we want to believe it or not, first impressions count, and that is usually in the form of your appearance. Of course, beauty is only skin deep, and it is what’s on the inside that counts, but if you don’t feel great on the outside, then you don’t feel great on the inside either, and this affects the way you present yourself to the world. Your skin is not only something that is on show, facially at least, but its condition is a reflection of your general health and well being. If your skin is grey and dry, you probably feel a bit run down, right?
There are environmental factors that affect your skin condition, as well the type of skin that you have personally, but overall you should be taking notice of commandments when it comes to taking care of your outer layer.
Commandment 1 – Sunscreen is your friend. Whether the sun is shining or not, you should be wearing sunscreen to protect against the sun’s harsh rays. Now, some make up products contain SPF, but this may not be enough, so instead find a sunscreen product for your particular skin type, and wear it daily.
Commandment 2 – Find out what skin type you are and work with it. We all have different skin types, whether you’re dry, oily, or combination, and there are very few products that work for all. Because of this, you need to head to a beauty stand, have a proper consultation to find out your skin type, and buy products that suit that particular genre. Your skin will thank you.
Commandment 3 – Always take your make up off. How many times have you been so exhausted at night that you’ve just fallen into bed and not bothered taking off your make up? This is a huge beauty mistake! Over time, old make up remnants clog up your skin pores and make you look tired, and certainly not very glowing; this can have a very ageing effect on your skin’s appearance. Take your make up off, cleanse, tone, moisturise every evening, and make this as part of your daily routine as brushing your teeth.
Commandment 4 – Moisturize. We did just mention this briefly but it requires a commandment all of its own. You need to find a moisturiser that suits your skin type and you need to use it daily without fail! Like you need water to live, your skin needs hydration to flourish.
Commandment 5 – Consider anti-ageing products. No, it doesn’t mean you’re old, but your skin can start showing signs of ageing as young as in your 20s! Consider buying products that have an anti-ageing element in them and you’ll start working against the ticking clock before it’s too late to turn it back.
Commandment 6 – Change things up regularly. Change the products you use and change your routine every so often. Like everything life, if you do something often enough, it doesn’t have the same effect, and the same can be said for your skin care regime and the products you use.
Commandment 7 – You get what you pay for. In the main, you need to pay a little extra cash if you want serious quality. Of course this isn’t correct 100% of the time, but your skin is something to cherish and look after, so don’t head to the bargain bin and then complain you don’t have the best complexion.
Commandment 8 – Change up your diet. Fruit and veg is the way forward! Think brightly coloured and you will get more in the way of benefit. Kick out too much sugar, kick out too much caffeine, and you’ll not only feel better on the inside, but it will show in your skin too.
Commandment 9 – Hydration! We hear this so often, but perhaps your skin is the thing that benefits the most from it – drink plenty of water! The general guideline is around 1.5 litres per day to keep your body running in a healthy manner, and also to keep your skin from drying out and get it glowing, although one size water-wise doesn’t fit all.
Commandment 10 – Quit smoking. Now, we all know the overall health benefits of stopping smoking, but it also has a major effect on your skin. Smokers tend to have small lines around the mouth, as well as destroying collagen and elastin in the skin, making you much look older than you actually are. Kick the habit into touch and dedicate some time to looking after your skin instead.
Take the oath!