I can’t help but have a little giggle at a few of the suggestions that come up online for taking care of skin, particularly acne. Here are our favourites:
1. Toothpaste works to prevent or quickly heal a pimple.
Sorry everyone, this is definitely not true! There are no ingredients in any toothpaste that can have a positive effect on acne or change a blemish once you have it. In fact, you may very well make it worse. The bacteria in your mouth and pores are different, which is why the products used for each a different.
2. Blackheads relate to cleanliness and can be scrubbed away.
Wrong! While blackheads may make your skin look dirty, they are unrelated to dirt. Blackheads form when hormones cause too much sebum to be produced, dead skin cells get int the way and the path for the oil is blocked. The mixture of oil and cellular debris oxidizes and turns black once it reaches the surface of your skin. Instead of scrubbing, try using a product containing BHA (salicylic acid) as it will exfoliate inside the pore lining, dissolving oil and dead skin cells.
3. If you clean your face better you can clear up your acne.
While we’re talking about scrubbing your skin, this is wrong. In fact, over-cleaning your face can actually make your skin worse as it triggers inflammation that makes acne worse. See a skin specialist to find the best option for you.
4. You’ll eventually outgrow acne.
Sorry, this one is sadly false. Unfortunately, not everyone who had acne as a teenager will grow out of it and not everyone who was lucky enough to avoid acne as a teenager has missed it altogether. Feel free to shake your fists in anger at hormones!
5. Wearing sunscreen will aggravate acne.
If you skip the sunscreen, you may find you’ll be dealing with worse skin problems. Just make sure you pick the right sunscreen.
Good fuel and taking care of your skin on the outside is likely to give you that amazing glow. I thought I’d make this post about taking care of your skin from the inside – the food you eat! So here are a few important superfoods to assist with anti-aging:
As one of the richest sources of Omega-3, salmon can help plump up your skin. Not only that, but there is research to suggest it can decrease the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and heart disease.
Not only do nuts feature in many diets to assist with weightloss, they are also great for your skin. They are full of healthy oils, fibre, vitamins, minerals and arginine.
You remember that old saying, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”? Well, apples are full of vitamin C, which speeds up skin’s cell production. It makes your skin look radiant and strengthens hair and nails! Apples also contain B5 and B9, which are proven to combat acne and irritation.
We all know spinach is a superfood because it is full of phytonutrients, antioxidants (vitamins K, C and E, plus folate, iron and carotenoids) – it helps to promote collagen production. You can use it in many things including salads and smoothies!
High in antioxidants, blueberries help to protect the skin from damage that leads to wrinkles, and mitigate inflammation and oxidative damage. Another great source of vitamin C.
Garlic does more than repel vampires, it also promotes white blood cell growth, and has anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties. It also helps to reverse cellular decay.
Low GI foods like chickpeas are important for vibrant, clear skin. Legumes in particular contain iron which is needed to make collagen (there’s a pattern here).
As a source of monosaturated fats, olive oil helps to keep your skin smooth and supple. It contains vitamin E and polyphenols to protect skin against radical damage.
Natural yoghurt (without added sugar or flavours) is a great source of vitamin A, protein and calcium. It’s great for your digestive system and assists the body to absorb ‘wrinkle-preventing’ nurtirents and maintain skin’s pH levels to boost its natural glow.
The recent sunny (and unseasonally warm) weekend, as well as the Ekka, prompted me to think about sun screen. I think sun protection gets left by the wayside during the cooler months because a lot of people think the sun’s rays aren’t as strong, and all the cloud makes it easy to forget.
Without sun screen, I feel naked. For the last 25 years, there have been very few days where I haven’t put sunscreen on my face at the very least – the days I didn’t wear sun screen were the days I didn’t leave the house.
Your skin is so important and not only does unprotected sun exposure prematurely age your skin, but it also increases your risk of skin cancers. A recent study showed that 42% of the population get sunburnt at least once a year. Yikes!
So here are some easy sun protection tips for looking after your skin all year round (not just in summer!):
#1 Wear sun screen: even if your body is covered up, at least put some on your face and the back of your hands. This will ensure your skin is not harmed when you walk around outside. There are some great moisturisers out there with SPF 15+ and 30+. Remember: check the expiration date on the container.
#2 Accessorise: wear a hat – whether you’re out in the garden, shopping at the markets or having a coffee with friends, a stylish hat will protect you from the sun and make you look fabulous.
#3 Stick to the shade when you can: no sun screen protect your skin 100% so avoid being out in full sun for too long.
#4 Fake it: if you must have a tan, faking it is the safest option – even tanning beds are not good for your skin.
Keep that skin healthy!
Some products we recommend for sun protection are:
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