As an esthetician, I see many different skin types and conditions. There are ways to protect our skin from natural elements. The first thing that comes to mind for most of us when thinking about what may harm the skin is the sun.
Still, the population seems obsessed with tanning and lying in the sun for hours at a time. You don’t have to be one of them. So don’t forget your sunscreen and possible wear long sleeved tops during those harsh summer days. The toll on your skin is tremendous and being prepared will give your skin a better chance to look clear and more vibrant.
In addition, consider these other factors when monitoring your skin. Of course not all factors will have the same harmful results, but knowing them will help you and those you love.
1. Lack of hydration. I have a hard time remembering to drink as much water as I should. I get so caught up in my day that I may eat instead. Shame on me. I know water is essential to keep the skin supple and moist. Water helps digestion and circulation which are two elements important to clear, healthy skin.
I can tell during a facial or while I am waxing a client if they have been drinking enough water. The texture of the skin or the way the wax responds to skin is a telltale sign. Without water, no organ in your body will function as it should and since the skin is an organ, it will become dry and wrinkly if not properly hydrated.
2. Cold and windy climate. I am from Chicago, and don’t miss those long, cold winters. Those days of layering before work are in my past since I longed for warmer weather on the west coast. If not careful, winter is detrimental to your skin’s condition unless you prepare properly for it. Dry and itchy skin is the result of a brutal winter, but a good moisturizer and proper skin care will help combat these conditions. As we’re coming up on the winter months, seek moisturizers that offer deep conditioning without clogging your pores.
3. Pollution. One of the silent problems for your skin is living in a polluted area of the world. Since our skin is the largest organ with many pores, we collect a lot of pollutants. Pollutants such as chemicals in the air break down your skin by attacking its natural protection mechanisms. Always cleanse your face thoroughly and be sure to keep hydrated and moisturized. An exfoliant is a safe way to effectively rid your body of pollutants along with staying hydrated.
4. Diet and exercise. One without the other negates part of the positive aspects of each. We have heard in one form or another how important diet and exercise is to our health. Well, our skin will benefit as well. If you practice a diet lacking in nutrients you may experience malnutrition, which affects the skin, hair and nails. Exercise helps distribute the good nutrients in your diet to aid circulation and provide oxygen to the skin. This will go a long ways toward beautiful skin well into older age.
5. Age. You can’t do a lot about getting older, but you can be aware of the inevitable changes which occur with age and address those problems. Taking the previous factors into consideration will keep you feeling and looking your best as you age. The sooner you start, the better you’ll feel. You can combat aging skin by keeping it hydrated with water, clean and supple by using the correct moisturizer.
There are other factors – such as hormones, genes, smoking, alcohol and stress, which definitely take a toll on the health of your skin. Some (such as genes) you can’t help, but you can use the latest scientific findings and beauty treatments to combat the harmful results. Your esthetician will gladly recommend the proper treatment.
If you constantly neglect your skin, you’ll be exacerbating the effects of everything you can’t control – such as air pollution. Maintain a good skin care regimen – both inside and out – to ensure your skin keeps its elasticity and glow.
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