Part 2! of our exploration of some healthy skin habits that we can practice. Now part 2 is focused more on what type of products you use and the importance of making sure these products suit you.
1. Be clever about Moisturiser
It’s easy to just slap on stuff and go correct? I get you. I do it sometimes too when I’m rushing out. But one thing I’ve learnt over the years about my skin that it actually changes a lot as I grow. What used to be really hard to handle combination skin is now dry and sensitive. There are many other factors that contribute to the change of your skin type too.
One reason your skin could become drier is that your new office blasts the aircon every day. Or maybe your college is situated right in front of a busy road and industrial area (total shade at my school) and the air pollution just makes you breakout and sensitive.
So, as we change environments and grow older, a healthy skin habi is to switch up your skincare routine to better fit you. This is most vital when it comes to moisturiser as the texture differs for different needs. Some moisturisers that are thicker and contains oils are the best bet for really dry skin types. However, if your skin is combination to oily, this will probably break you out. If you’re more on the oily side, gel and more watery moisturisers will help balance the excess oils.
It will take you a lot of trial and error before you find your holy grail moisturizer so be shameless about asking for samples before committing to a full size. Just remember that you should moisturise in some form even though you have oily skin. Your skin secretes sebum and oils to compensate for the lack of moisture. Hence, making sure your skin is hydrated is a great way of reducing clogged pores.
Everyone regardless of gender, race and age are susceptible to skin cancer, skin damage and ageing from harmful UVA and UVB rays. These rays are cancer-causing and can also contribute to discolouration, dark spots, sagging and wrinkly skin developing. And even on cloudy and rainy days, these rays can penetrate clouds, so no matter the weather, it is recommended to wear sunscreen every day.
Most experts recommend using SPF 30 and above as this is already enough to block 97% of the sun’s rays. Sunscreen needs to be reapplied every two hours, and if you’re planning a trip to the beach or the swimming pool, the obviously waterproof sunscreen is best.
Seriously, wear some sunscreen. It not only makes sure your skin won’t age as fast but it’s also cancer prevention!
3. Cleanse well
Someone with really good skin once told me that he didn’t really have a skincare routine and that his tip was to cleanse well.
Okay, Mr Perfect...
Whilst it’s true that genetics play a role in your skin health too. I do believe that cleansing well every day improves your skin clarity a lot. Don’t beat yourself over things like acne and ageing because that’s just life and I think we have to embrace those so-called “flaws”.
But once I had invested in a better cleansing routine, micellar water, cleansing balm, oils, face wash (whatever works for you) and started to take more care that I cleanse and remove all the makeup and dirt before the rest of my skincare, it was then when I started to see a difference.
It’s also important to note that after a long day, there’s a lot of acne-causing things that can accumulate on top of your skin. Hence why it’s so vital that you remove all the gunk before you go to bed girl!