5 ways you might be DAMAGING your skin

1. Sun damage

Nothing is as responsible for skin aging as the sun and the environment. Over the years the cumulative effect of sun damage and environmental factors will take a toll on your skin; notice how the skin on your breasts and stomach is lot smoother than the more exposed areas such as your shoulders and chest.

To minimize the effect of sun damage the answer is to use sunscreen with a high SPF even when days are cloudy and to wear clothes which give reasonable coverage as much as possible – no more going to the shops in a string bikini!


2. Dehydration

Not drinking enough water causes the skin to lose moisture and become dull which is aging. Ensuring that you drink enough water is vital to retain that youthful glow.

Nothing is as good for your overall health and appearance as drinking plenty of water. A couple of glasses after every meal time should be enough to see you through.


3. Skipping Sleep

In this hectic day and age sleep has somehow come to be regarded as a luxury rather than a necessity.

This is of course absolutely wrong. Sleep is vital as it is then that the body does its repair work.

Make the zzzzs a priority.

To ensure you get a good night’s sleep forget drinking coffee in the evening and don’t eat two hours before you intend to hit the sack. Get into the habit of going to bed at around the same time and ensure your bedroom is as pleasant and calming an environment as you can make it.


4. Having No Skin Care Routine

At the very latest a skin care routine should be put in place during your mid twenties.

There is no universal moisturizer which will work best for all skin types as every person has their own unique skin and a certain moisturizer that will work best for them; the trick is to try everything until you hit on something that you absolutely love.

Skin care products can be expensive but think of it as an investment in you. We don’t advise spending hundreds of pounds on the most expensive cutting age creams on the market but once you pass 25 its better if you switch to the mid-range brands.

At its most basic a skin care routine should include the face being washed daily by a gentle facial cleanser followed by the application of a generous amount of moisturizer.


5. Smoking

Smoking sucks.

We say this because there is no pro whatsoever when it comes to this filthy habit. It puts you in danger of getting a myriad of illnesses and is arguably the second biggest cause of skin aging after sun damage.

If you are a smoker don’t waste your time beating yourself up about it, instead join a programme and kick the demon.