Your skin is your body’s largest organ. So what are the grass roots, the basics of maintaining a beautiful complexion? Let’s look at the basic skin structure, you skin is made up of three layers. The surface layer (epidermis), the middle layer (dermis) and the deep layer (hypodermis).
The epidermis is several layers deep. This is where your skin cells are created and they gradually move their way to the surface during their life cycle and accumulate on the surface to be washed and rubbed away. This is the process of skin cell regeneration.
Cleanse your skin
When we look at our skin we are actually looking at the dead skin cells on the surface of our skin. Using a good skin cleanser helps to clean away the dead cells and make your complexion brighter and more vibrant looking.
A good cleanser will also remove the surface dirt and sweat from your skin. Washing with a cleanser helps to slough off the dead skin cells, leaving the skin looking more vibrant. As well as getting rid of dirt and sweat, cleansers also remove blemish-causing bacteria from the surface layer. It really is an important tip to maintain a healthy complexion.
Maintain a health and nutritious diet
As you get older the process of cell renewal continues but it does start to slow down. A really huge part of looking after your skin and body is to have a diet high in essential nutrients and in particular for your skin you need Omega-3 fatty acids, think oily fish like salmon, good oils like olive oil, coconut oil and foods rich in vitamin E and C (great for skin repair).
A really easy way to keep you skin looking good is to drink plenty of water, it helps to flush impurities out of your body and it the best thing to keep you hydrated which keep you skin looking good as well.
The dermis layer is where you find collagen and elastin. These substances give the skin structure and flexibility. As we age their production slows down and unfortunately this leads to wrinkles. Keep your diet ‘antioxidant-rich’; eat lots of fruit and vegetables as it has been found to slow the breakdown of collagen.
Change your skin care products to suit skin
Your skin changes through the seasons and is influenced through a changing environment. This combined with hormonal changes in the body effect the level sebum production (the good oil) at the dermis level through the sebaceous glands.
So changes in the weather, stress or illness can influence this oil secretion and at times your skin could have periods of dehydration and a lack- lustre appearance. You may find your skin could appear oilier in the warmer weather.
So the next tip is to be aware of these changes and alter your skin care products accordingly. Like switching to a water base light weight moisturiser during the summer time.
Exercise makes your skin glow
Daily exercise will not only improve your aerobic fitness and strength it can also improve your complexion as it increases blood flow. Take a look in the mirror, you will notice that sticking to a regular exercise routine will brighten and improve the look of your complexion. Regular exercise will also get rid of impurities through sweat and brings more oxygen to the skin.
Stress can wreak havoc on your hormones, causing adult acne and other skin problems. It can be really hard at times to control your stress levels with everything and challenge that one has to deal with during their day. We can’t avoid stress in our lives but the focus should be on how we choose to deal with it so finding constructive ways to distress and manage your emotions can really help in keeping your complexion balanced and radiant.
Keep your make up tools clean
You really need to keep your makeup tools clean as they can build up in bacteria with continual use and this can affect your skin by causing irritation and infections. Clean make-up brushes every month or two with gentle natural soap.
Clean your make up sponges every day and through them out when they begin to deteriorate. Get rid of make-up that is past its expiration date. Review your makeup products on a periodic basis and notice any changes in the colour texture or smell of a product.
These are key signs that they are well and truly past their use by date and it would be best to dispose of them. Some of your products will also have use by dates so stick to these as a guide.