Skin is the body’s direct contact with the outside world and works hard to protect the body from the environment and pathogens. While it constantly regenerates there are still many things that can be done to help prevent damage and increase shine and elasticity.
Avoid too much sun
The sun is vital to our health and provides Vitamin D which helps absorb calcium and keeps bones healthy. This is produced when ultraviolet light reacts with chemicals in the skin. It is advised that people get some exposure to sunlight every day to promote its production.
However, too much sun can be damaging from the familiar sunburn right up to the skin cancer. When the sun is at its brightest, staying indoors is advisable. If spending a prolonged amount of time under the sun then sunscreen is essential. Long term exposure to the sun can lead to the skin aging prematurely.
While washing regularly is important to remove any build-up of dirt and oils, scrubbing the face can dry it out. Instead a mild cleanser should be used twice daily, working the skin gently with circular motions before a thorough rinsing. Drying should be done by gently patting down with a towel. Occasionally a more aggressive exfoliation will be required
It is essential to keep your skin moist. Dry skin can lead to flaking or chapping which can result in pain and itching.
If you are diabetic with a high blood sugar level then this can cause your skin to become dry. This takes place because the body is turning water into urine to remove the excess sugar from your system. Maintaining a normal blood glucose level can help prevent these symptoms.
Drinking plenty of water is the best way to replenish the moisture in your skin. You can also help the skin retain moisture by using the correct moisturising lotion directly after a shower.
Get to know your skin
Everybody has different types of skin and your cleansing and moisturising routine will need to be tailored to the needs of the individual. Skin can be oily, dry or a combination of the two. This may require a bit of experimentation to find the perfect treatment but there is plenty of advice available. Knowing your skin will also help you to detect any differences which may be a cause for concern like new moles or freckles.
Catherine Halsey writes for a digital marketing agency on a range of subjects. This article was written on behalf of Boots.