How To Avoid The Three Most Common Mistakes With Skincare
Our skin is our largest organ. It’s living and breathing and it protects your internal organs from the invasive and dangerous elements of life: viruses, bacteria, pollutants, and harsh weather, including the sun.
Many people don’t understand or fully appreciate the role that our skin plays on our overall health and well-being. Most of us focus on the end result, which is how our skin looks, rather than the process of reaching and maintaining that appearance through healthy choices. This results in the most commonly made mistakes with skin care:
Not realizing that what you put into your body shows on the outside:
By not maintaining a well-balanced diet of foods and liquids rich in vitamins, minerals, and proteins, and by poisoning your system with too many harmful substances such as an overabundance of alcohol or cigarettes, you harm your skin. Too much alcohol can dehydrate your skin and cigarettes deprive it of the oxygen it requires. Supplement your diet with Essential Fatty Acids (EFA’s) like cod-liver oil or borage, flax & coconut if you’re vegan. And PLEASE drink plenty of water! Add a slice of orange or sprig of mint to spruce up your water drinking experience.
Neglecting your skin when it’s young:
The sun and the wind can damage your skin. This damage might not show when you’re young, but just like your favorite leather coat, the wrinkles and cracking will show with age. If you treat your leather coat with moisturizers when it’s new and continue treating it throughout the years, you can wear that jacket for a very long time without it showing its age. The same goes for your skin. Moisturize it before it shows signs of needing the moisture and it will stay healthier as it ages. Use a heavier cream at night to re-hydrate your skin and assist with repairing cellular degeneration.
Not using proper products:
It’s essential to choose products that are developed for the needs of your skin. Visiting a licensed esthetician to develop a quality at-home skincare regimen, will not only have immediate effects, but long-term effects in maintaining your skin’s health and wellness. Incorporating skincare treatments and facials as part of your well-being and self-care will enhance and increase the effectiveness of your skincare.