Your skin is the largest body organ you possess. It is a tough, flexible and sophisticated envelope for your entire inner body, providing protection, thermal regulation and more. This is a shield and your first line of defence against the outside world, protecting against natural elements and a physical defence against chemicals and pathogens in the environment. The skin carries a lot of responsibility and though it is best to look after it naturally, you could also offer some external help.
Having a healthy, glowing and supple skin is a psychological booster. It creates a good feeling leading to reactions in the body that helps fight depression, reduce stress and motivates people to seek further self-improvement. It also makes you feel more attractive to others and boosts self-esteem.
To achieve all these and more, certain lifestyle and care choices needs to be incorporated in your daily activities which can transform you in more ways than you imagine.
Daily skin care habits
The environment we live in plays a role in determining how we address our skin. Those living in harsh environments may need to pay extra attention to their skincare. These includes
- Extreme climate areas- hot , cold, very humid or dry.
- Office spaces with inadequate air circulation leading to over-dry air
- Industrial and agricultural environments, adds dust and chemicals to the air.
- Sunbathing or continuous exposure to the sun without any form of skin protection.
We all experience some form of environmental damage everyday so it is highly important we take daily steps to restore the skin as best as possible and make it ready for any damage we might encounter. This requires investing in a number of skin care products. In order not to get too overwhelmed, there are a few factors to consider when researching into skincare products to buy
- Quality ingredients and your skin type
- Compatibility with products you already own. (To avoid ingredients conflicts and skin irritation)
- A skin care specialist if you’re still unsure of what products is best for you.
The most expensive products aren’t always the best.
Basic daily facial care regimen
These are simple steps that should be included each morning and night.
Morning: Cleanser, toner, serum and a moisturiser with SPF
Evening: Cleanser, toner, serum and a night repair cream.
Use soaps and scrubs weekly for the rest of your body alongside a good moisturiser containing antioxidants and nutrients to replenish and rejuvenate the skin.
…to be continued
Research and text from
AGE LATER by Dr Marc A. Ronert