Nothing ages like the sun, so it is important to protect your skin from sun damage with some simple steps.
Always wear sunscreen when out in the sun, appropriate to the weather conditions. Apply generously, and apply more than your think, as people often do not apply enough.
Cover up between the hours of 12 and 2 when the sun is generally the hottest, and don't forget sunglasses and a hat too.
Use a simple gentle skincare regime suitable for your skin type.
If you wear makeup everyday, always remove your makeup thoroughly by cleansing then toning to remove any residue. Don't forget a moisturiser with an SPF to protect your skin, such as a manuka honey moisturiser. Even if it is overcast your skin can be suspectable to damage from UVA and UVB rays.
Smoking narrows the blood vessels and reduces elasticity as well as contributing to wrinkles. Giving up is the best thing you can do, and there are many things that can help you do this including nicotine patches, vaping and stop smoking groups.
Your GP may be able to prescribe suitable products so make an appointment now.
Alcohol dehydrates you making the skin look tired, so be sure to drink plenty of water or soft drinks between the glass of wine you have.
Try to stick to recommended limits to prevent it damaging your health, have at least two days alcohol-free a week and do not binge drink, instead spread your drinking throughout the week.
The link between diet and skin isn't fully understood but a diet rich in fruit and vegetables, low in unhealthy fats and processed food is thought to promote younger looking skin.
If you have mild acne, there are products you can buy in your local chemist that can help, however, if you have severe acne I recommend seeing your GP as this is likely to be due to a hormone imbalance.
It is thought that stress can affect your skin and make you have breakouts. Take steps to manage your stress in a healthy way, this does not mean eating a cream cake or drinking a bottle of wine! Exercise can help manage stress as well as meditation.
In conclusion, protect your skin from the sun, don't smoke, eat a balanced diet, cut down on drinking alcohol and make time to relax and look after yourself and it will benefit your skin.
Tell me what are your skin care tips?