Saturday 17 April 2021
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Caring for for your skin

“Drink water and mind your business” is a phrase that has been circulating on social media for a long while. This phrase is especially used as a solution to skin worries.
Having healthy skin doesn’t only require drinking water and minding you business, there is more to it.
Many individuals describe their face as ‘sensitive’ because it is irritable, they suffer from acne or they have not yet discovered the most suitable products for the type of skin they have be it greasy or generally dry.
The first step to taking good care of your skin is by understanding the type of skin you have and accommodating for it, because what may work for you may not work for the next person and vice versa.
Correct skin care is important because our skin is the largest barrier against infection that we have. Keeping our skin healthy and moist helps keep this barrier strong. When the skin gets dry or irritated by harsh soaps, cracks in the skin can occur.
Cracks in the skin make a person more prone to infection. Skincare products should be free of scents or perfumes. Soaps should be gentle and moisturisers should be used daily.
You can keep your skin healthy in a number of ways. You can do so by protecting your skin from the sun. One of the most important ways to take care of your skin is to protect it from the sun. Too much sun exposure can cause wrinkles, age spots and other skin problems such as sun burn as well as increase the risk of skin cancer.
Sunscreen is the best solution for this problem. It is recommended to use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF (Sun Protection Factor) of at least 15.
Sun protection factor is a measure of the protection provided by the individual type of sunscreen. The SPF number indicates the amount of sun exposure that is needed to cause sunburn on skin protected with sunscreen compared with skin that is not protected with sunscreen.
Sunscreen should be applied generously, and reapplied every two hours (or more) if you’re swimming or simply on a day-to-day basis if the climate of the country of which you reside in is very sunny and extremely hot.
If you enjoy long hot showers after a long day, forget about that habit. Hot and long showers (or baths) remove oils from your skin leaving your skin dry and strained.  Other ways that oil can be striped from your skin is through strong soaps. Strong soaps are soaps with high pH levels.
A pH level of 7 is regarded as neutral while a pH level higher than 7 is considered basic or alkaline and pH level of below 7 is acidic. Soap with high pH can irritate your skin and should not be used. If you do end up with a heavy/strong soap, you can use it for laundry soap instead.
Quit smoking. Smoking is not only bad for your lungs and an expensive habit, but it is bad for your skin too. Smoking can make your skin appear older and it contributes to wrinkles as well. It narrows the small blood vessels in the outermost layers of skin, which lowers blood flow, and makes your skin paler. Which in turn depletes the skin of oxygen and the nutrients that are important to skin health.
In addition to all this, smoking also damages collagen and elastin — the fibers that give your skin strength and elasticity. It can also increas your risk of squamous cell skin cancer. If you smoke, the best way to protect your skin is to quit.
You are what you eat. If you have an unhealthy diet, you’re most likely to have unhealthy skin.
Having a healthy diet can help you look and feel your utmost best. Eat lots of fruits, veggies and grain. Drinking plenty of water helps keep your skin hydrated.
It has been researched that a diet consisting of greasy and sugary foods as well as too much dairy can trigger acne which is a skin condition characterized by red pimples on the skin, especially on the face.
The first thing people see when they look at you is your skin, literally.
In the words of Jennifer Aniston, “We need to be really good and mindful of what we eat and how we take car of our skin.”

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