Simple Ways to Care for Your Skin
The skin is the largest organ in our bodies—a protective sheath primed to endure a variety of types of daily wear, even in the face of harsh elements and the onslaught of common household chemicals. And yet, despite all that our skin does for us, sometimes it seems remarkably easy to forget to give it a little of the TLC it deserves. The key to beautiful looking skin is, after all, healthy, happy skin, and so we’ve put together a few tips to help you keep your skin in great, gorgeous shape.
Looking After Your Skin
Your skin’s needs, rather unsurprisingly, are very much tied to factors that inform your wider health. If you eat well, keep hydrated and get plenty of rest, you’re already well on your way to having nice, healthy skin.
Here Comes the Sun
Taking excellent care to protect yourself from the sun’s damaging effects is also an absolute must, as exposure to the sun’s rays can prematurely age your skin, provoke existing skin conditions and, most dangerously, put you at risk of melanoma.
In addition to applying a UVA and UVB sunblock that’s spf 30 or higher, when the sun is out in-force, you might want to consider getting your hands on some lower spf products for daily wear on those less obviously sunny days. If this sounds like a lot of extra hassle, worry not. There are actually a significant number of fantastic, skin-friendly products available on the market, from make-up to moisturisers, that offer you daily sun protection, and make it that little bit easier to incorporate into your morning routine. We suggest taking as look at what Natio, Avene, Caudalie and La Roche Posay have to offer in this respect, as well as a general sunscreen for those brighter days.
Give Your Skin Some Air
Whenever possible, give your skin a little air. It can be easy to get carried away with applying every product going, but letting your pores breathe overnight and not going too overboard with lots of heavy foundation and creams during the day can give your skin’s health a real boost. Instead of a night cream, why not try the Dr. Hauschka Night Serum, which promotes your skin’s renewal while you sleep. Keep an eye out, also, for products that boast the word noncomedogenic, as these won’t clog your pores.
Happy skin will also welcome a little extra, topical hydration, such as a daily moisturiser or a misting spray (or both), as well as a good washing/cleansing regimen, which should be determined by your skin type.
Things to Consider Avoiding
There are also a couple of things to think about avoiding in order to keep your skin looking and feeling fantastic. Smoking, for example, diminishes the flow of oxygen to the skin and reduces its moisture level, leaving the skin dry, tired and ultimately less youthful looking (our Pharmacy offers Stop Smoking Support if you need a helping hand). Similarly, we suggest avoiding products that are bogged down with lots of synthetic ingredients, such as parabens. Products that contain alcohol can also have a drying effect, which is worth taking into consideration when picking out what to put on your skin.
Caring for Your Skin Type
There are four categories that are commonly used to describe the condition of your skin: normal, dry, oily and combination. You may also have sensitive skin in addition to any of these skin types.
If your skin's condition is normal it basically means that your skin’s natural balance is pretty good—not too oily, not too dry—and it should be relatively easy to care for. We suggest finding a good cleanser, toner and moisturiser that you’re comfortable with to keep your skin in top condition. Dr Hauschka's Facial Toner and the Dr. Hauschka Rose Day Cream Light are both great for normal condition skin.
Dry skin can often feel tight and uncomfortable from lack of moisture, and is prone to showing up fine lines. Although it may seem logical to treat dry skin with lots of oily products, this can actually exacerbate the problem, as the skin can become fooled into thinking that it's over-producing oil, and subsequently produce even less. Try a nourishing moisturiser such as Dr. Hauschka Rose Day Cream. If you find that tap water is too harsh for your skin, a good cleansing milk can help, such as Dr. Hauschka Cleansing Milk (which is great for all skin types), and exfoliate gently just once a week. There are also some great body creams availble for dry and rough skin. We suggest having a look at Avene Akerat 10 Body Cream and La Roche Posay's ISO UREA range.
If you have oily skin you may find that you’re quite prone to acne and other blemishes (as enlarged pores can easily become clogged with dirt and make-up), as well as a shiny complexion. Your skin is incredibly smart, and if it detects that it's too dry it will actually increase its oil production, so avoiding products that will dry the skin (such as oil-free or alcohol based products) is generally wise with this skin type.
A regular cleansing routine and twice weekly exfoliation will help to keep your pores as clear and healthy as possible. We recommend Dr. Hauschka's Clarifying Toner, La Roche Posay Serozinc Spray and the La Roche Posay Effaclar range, all designed especially with your skin type in mind.
If you have combination skin you more than likely have all of the issues of both dry and oily skin. Combination skin usually entails an oily forehead, nose and around the cheeks, and tightness elsewhere on your face. As a result, you may need to care for different parts of your face in different ways. A regular cleansing routine and a light moisturiser are a good starting point. Why not try Dr. Hauschka's Melissa Day Cream, which will calm and hydrate oily and dry areas of skin, respectively.
Sensitive skin can include skin conditions such as eczema, rosacea and psoriasis as well as allergic reactions to beauty products and a general sensitivity to harsh weather conditions. Sensitive skin may need plenty of extra care, especially when it comes to choosing skin care products that are going to be kind to it. We suggest trying fragrance free, hypoallergenic products, as well as products that are an emollient, as this will have been designed with soothing your delicate skin in mind.
Bear in mind that products that might trigger a sensitive skin reaction will vary from person to person, and from time to time even those skin care products designed for delicate skin may even be the culprit. If you're at all unsure, why not pop into our Pharmacy for a little guidance?
There are, however, some ranges and products designed especially for sensitive skin that you might want to consider. A-Derma's Exogena range is emollient, and so may soothe eczema, while La Roche Posay's Lipikar range is designed to decrease the frequency of eczema flare ups. Avene's Akerat 10 and La Roche Posay's ISO UREA are designed with aiding dry and psoriasis-prone skin in mind. La Roche Posay also have a specialised range for those with rosacea, called Rosaliac.
Skin Friendly Products at Boswells
Our Cosmetics Department is choc-full of great skin care ranges to suit every skin type, which can be found on the ground floor of the store and on our website. Our Cosmetics staff are primed and ready to help you find the right products to suit your needs, so if you need a little extra guidance, please do come in for a chat.
Posted by Elena Woolley
13th April 2017