For the average adult, around 50 to 60 per cent of their body is made up of water. For all human beings, staying properly hydrated is not simply desirable, it is essential. Becoming dehydrated can in the worst case be fatal but even mild dehydration can have a negative effect on your skin.
Stay out of the sun
Sun damage is the number one cause of premature ageing of the skin. The message is simple, do not go out unprotected when the sun is at its strongest and make sure that if you do go out, it’s not for prolonged periods. And remember, UV light can damage your skin on a cloudy day too.
Slap on the sun cream
As well as making an effort to stay out of the sun, it’s essential to use UV protection with a suitable SPF.
Get out of the shower!
Long, hot, steamy showers are fantastic for unwinding after a stressful day. Unfortunately, while they might be good for your head they are not so good for your skin. To help prevent your skin being stripped of its moisture, go for shorter, cooler showers.
Scrub up well
Scrub well and scrub often. Giving your skin a good scrub on a regular basis will not only help to keep ingrown hairs under control, exfoliating will also remove dead cells and encourage the skin to regenerate.
Using a good quality moisturiser each day is a simple but effective way of helping to keep your skin supple, youthful and hydrated. Just make sure you get the right one for your type of skin.
Smoke breaks down the collagen in the skin which keeps it elastic. It also makes it more difficult for oxygen to reach the skin. Stay away from smoke and your skin will thank you for it.
Remember the seasons
It’s important to remember to change your skincare regime with the seasons. The skin can come in for a lot more stick during the winter months when you’ll no doubt put it up against cold winds one minute and warm air conditioning the next.
Be wary of going to Google for advice
Skincare is a personal thing and what works for other people may not necessarily work for you. It always makes sense to get in touch with your doctor if you’re unsure about something or are perhaps worried about part of your skincare regime.
It’s important to remember that massaging is a great way to increase circulation and blood flow through the capillaries in the skin. Spend a bit of time paying attention to your face and you’ll benefit.
Remember that none of us like getting older, but unfortunately there’s not a lot we can do…