Healthy skin needs

everyday care

Skin needs everyday care in order to stay healthy. Besides daily hygiene, it also needs a healthy routine and protection from external factors, to keep it in optimum condition to perform its essential functions.

Keep your skin clean

Skin needs to be clean to function properly. It needs to be free from dust, dirt, sweat, dead cells and any residue that prevents it from breathing. In cities especially, polluted air may block pores, while smoke or airborne particles can saturate your skin’s detox system. However, washing too often with harsh soaps can leave it dry and irritated. Fragranced products can also cause allergic reactions and irritation. Make sure you choose cleansing products that are right for your skin type and are formulated to protect, moisturise and balance your skin’s pH.

Keep your skin moisturised

Healthy skin is well moisturised skin. Your skin has its own natural moisturising factors and is structured to prevent water from evaporating. However, air-conditioning or dry climates can dehydrate your skin. Whatever the environment, you can help by regularly moisturising using products that boost your skin’s natural hydration.

Protect your skin from the elements

Protecting your skin from environmental factors will help prevent damage and dehydration. You can protect it from the elements by wearing lip balm when skiing or wrapping up in cold winter weather. In summer, exposure to the sun’s ultra-violet rays can cause dehydration, thermal damage, wrinkles, pigmentation, the production of free radicals and even DNA damage – so make sure you use sun protection and wear a sun hat.

Keep your body healthy

Your skin reflects the overall health of your body. A healthy lifestyle therefore goes a long way to maintaining healthy skin. This means regular exercise to boost circulation and improve the supply of oxygen and nutrients; a balanced diet rich in nutrients such as vitamin A and Omega-6 fats; and drinking lots of water. It also means avoiding bad habits like smoking or excessive alcohol consumption, as well as getting enough sleep and, as far as possible, limiting stress.

Protect your skin from triggers

If you have sensitive skin, you may have certain triggers that cause reactions. These could include wool or synthetic clothing or could be dietary, such as particular types of food. Products can also trigger skin reactions. Direct contact with irritants and chemicals found in soaps, detergents, cosmetics and dyes can cause contact dermatitis and other conditions. Once you discover the nature of your triggers, you can take care to avoid them.

Consult your doctor

If your sensitive skin is affecting your wellbeing, you should ask your dermatologist for advice.