The Dos and Don’ts of Taking Care of Your Skin
Getting old is inevitable. But some people get more wrinkles sooner than others. Experts believe that wrinkles are due to genes (10 percent), lifestyle and the environment (90 percent). If this were true, then you have no one to blame but yourself for your premature wrinkles and age spots.
To remind you once again of what to do (and not to do) when it comes to caring for your skin, we’ve listed down some easy tips for you.
Drink lots of water
It’s simple, lack of water causes dehydration, which in turn takes a toll on our body, especially on our skin – dryness and flakiness. Water intake not only helps to increase your body’s energy levels and aid in digestion, it is also essential in maintaining skin moisture.
Get enough shut-eye
Sleep allows your body to repair itself. So when you lack sleep, not only do you feel terrible, you look horrible, too. Go to bed early for a good rest, and your skin will thank you for it.
Load up on antioxidant foods and supplements
Antioxidants help boost your body’s ability to fight free radicals and protect your skin. Fresh fruits and vegetables, such as pomegranates and bok choy, are a good source of antioxidants, as well as yoghurt, whole grains, red wine, fish and even dark chocolates. Anti-ageing supplements have been found to be helpful in slowing down the ageing process as well.
Smoke nor drink
Smoking breaks down collagen and elastin and causes your body to age prematurely. Cigarette is not only bad for your health, it’s bad for your skin, too. Another rapid ageing agent you should try to avoid is alcohol. Occasional drinking is not bad, even good, if it is red wine. But chugging three to six glasses a day will eventually take its toll on your liver and your skin.
Stress makes you lose essential sleep and produces hormones that are bad for your skin. Notice how you break out when you’re stressed out? Do calming activities, like yoga or art, to deviate your mind from stressful situations.
When it comes to your skin, the sun is your worst enemy. Just like smoking, the ultraviolet (UV) rays cause the elastin and collagen in your skin to break down. Wearing a good sunscreen everyday keeps your skin safe from harmful sun rays.