Our skin is the largest organ of our bodies and protects us against nature’s elements. While it seems simple to look after the skin on your face and body, great skin starts with breaking bad habits. Here are some simple things we can avoid doing, to have the best skin ever:
1. Pick or touch the face
This is straightforward at face value (get it? Haha), but actually has a lot of scientific proof. Our fingers are very sensitive and pick up the tiniest germs and bacteria from many surfaces. Even with proper hand washing and sanitary products, our fingertips absorb oils and dirt from the environment. Just think what would happen if all that grime was transferred onto our faces! The dirt would seep into our fine pores, eventually leading to clogged pores. These can lead to breakouts, acne and a plethora of other skin issues. Hand. Away. From. Face.
2. Expose skin to the sun without sunscreen
The sun is beneficial to us in many ways, but leaving the skin unprotected can lead to skin problems. Depending on your genes, some women may tan easily or become sunburnt, causing the skin to weaken. Recovering from a sunburn can be painful for most people- peeling skin is no fun at all. Sunscreen acts as a layer of protection, reducing the risk of skin cancers, like melanoma. Remember, sun-sible (ahem, sensible) people wear sunscreen!
3. Forget to exfoliate.
Exfoliating is an important step in your skincare regimen that should not be ignored. Once a week, after cleansing your face, use the Alveu Scrub from Modvier. Rub gently in circular motions to lift dirt from pores. Rinse the face and pat dry with a face towel.
It is important to exfoliate the face, but the body needs some loving, too! Our skin gets tired, and every week, you should pamper your body with an exfoliating session. And no, this doesn’t mean going to the salon. There is an affordable, quicker and easier option- the Bean Rush Coffee Scrub, available at Modvier. Rub the sweet scent of coffee and essential oil blend into your skin. Then, scrub, scrub, scrub away the impurities. With this coffee scrub, you can really wake up to the smell of coffee!
It is true that the foods we consume impact our appearance- we are what we eat. Smoking has many health drawbacks, mainly affecting the liver, stomach and lungs, along with other parts of the body. But did you know that by smoking, our skin’s health is dramatically reduced? Studies show that smokers age quicker, with fine lines and wrinkles appearing earlier and reduced skin elasticity and collagen production being other noticeable skin issues. Do your skin a favour and quit smoking today.
5. Sleep with makeup on
Now this is a big issue that makeup lovers have. Removing makeup before you sleep is an absolute must. Makeup left on the skin overnight can cause pores to clog, which we already know can cause new skin issues or worsen existing skin problems. Keep a pack of makeup remover pads on your bedside table to make cleansing a breeze and never sleep with makeup again. Your beauty sleep starts with a clean face!
6. Eat processed food
Processed food contains high amounts of sugar, sodium and fat that all show up in our complexion. Eating these types of foods often may cause your skin to look tired or dull. Gradually replace processed food with healthy snacks. Eventually, your body will depend less on the sugar spike that most processed food gives- leading to a healthier, fresher, and newer you. Plus, your skin will thank you for it!
7. Stress out
Ahh, stress! The latest paper you have to write or your busy work schedule does not have to impact your health. Take time out every day to de-stress. Step away from your work desk, take a walk and do some dhikr. By refreshing your mind, your skin will appear more radiant. Take it easy, okay?
8. Consume excess sugar, dairy, salt, alcohol, or caffeine
Everything we eat or drink should be in moderation, and this includes sugar, dairy, salt, alcohol or caffeine. Instead of resorting to unhealthy foods or overloading on sweets, try replacing with low sugar options. Water should be consumed often, as our bodies are made up of eighty per cent water!
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Words by Fadilla Abdullah