Why spend a fortune on make-up when a handful of super simple skincare strategies can help deliver glowing, healthy looking skin? Here’s what to do to get back to the beauty basics.
Clean, but clean gently
It’s important to wash your face in the morning and again at night – but steer clear of bar soaps and body washes. These products can be too harsh for facial skin and may strip it of all those natural oils. Look for gentle cleansers, like Clearasil Daily Clear Oil Free Daily Gel Wash, which is gentle enough to use every day in the morning and evening.
Moisturise, no matter who you are!
All skin types need daily moisturising to keep skin in good condition. You don’t need to spend a fortune on products that promise all sorts of fancy things, like ‘regenerating cells’ and ‘reducing fine lines’. Basic, inexpensive moisturisers can help keep water in your skin and act as a barrier against external irritants. If your skin has a tendency to dryness, try using an oil-based moisturiser. If your skin is normal, you may want to avoid the oil-based products that can clog up your pores and seek out a water-based, lightweight moisturiser instead. If your skin is oily, look for a water-based product that is non-comedogenic, meaning it won’t clog your pores.
Wear sunscreen daily
Avoiding sun exposure and wearing a sunscreen are two of only three strategies scientifically proven to contribute to healthy skin, according to not-for-profit healthcare leaders in the US, the Mayo Clinic. (The other is the use of simple moisturisers.) Look for a broad-spectrum product because it will help protect you from both UVA and UVB radiation. Make sure it has a skin protection factor of SPF 30+ or more. And take care to apply a decent amount! According to the Cancer Council, at least half of Australians don’t put on enough sunscreen to deliver the amount of protection promised on the packaging. A half teaspoon should do for your face, neck and ears, plus one teaspoon for each limb, and the back of your torso and the front of your torso.
Give up smoking
Smoking can be considered an enemy of healthy skin. It deprives the skin of oxygen and nutrients and can damage the fibres that keep your skin looking youthful and dewy. The good news? Within 24 hours of giving up smoking, you will have more oxygen in your bloodstream, says Quitline, an Australia Government quit-smoking initiative. If you need support to give up smoking, call the Quitline on 137848.
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