When it comes to having a radiant complexion, some women are just gifted with great genes. Whilst genetics play a role in certain aspects of the skin, lifestyle factors and skin care habits can dramatically impact skin health regardless of good genes. A few simple changes to your daily routine and incorporating some daily skin care habits can make a huge difference towards smart skin care and is essential to maintain skin health.
The problem many of us face is that correct skin care takes time, dedication and consistency to maintain results, much like everything else in life. Maintaining a healthy and radiant complexion shouldn’t be time consuming, expensive or hard to do. Here are a few basic steps to remember on a daily basis, helping you on your way to a clearer healthier skin.
1. Use products suited to your skin type;
It’s important to know your skin type as all skins are different and should be treated accordingly. Oilier skin will benefit more from using a foaming cleanser with ingredients such as alpha and beta hydroxy acids like the DermaFix Active Cleansing Gel, while dry skins need a more nourishing cleanser that is rich in beneficial oils and maintains the skins lipid barrier such as DermaFix Hydra-Silk Cleanser. You might want to address a specific skin problem while others simply wish to establish an effective maintenance routine. Either way, knowing your main concern is key.
When choosing products to build into your skin care habits, pay attention to whether the product is focused on treating a skin care concern or a specific skin type. For example, sensitised skin, hyperpigmentation and ageing aren’t a skin type but rather skin concerns influenced by external or internal factors. It is advised to visit your DermaFix Cosmeceutical Skin Care Professional for an accurate evaluation of your skin type and skin needs.
2. Always clean your skin before going to bed;
Going to bed with your makeup on, along with superficial debris and pollution, is never a good idea and can lead to inflammation and breakouts. Yet we all have that night when you convince yourself that this one time won’t do any harm. While it’s probably not the end of the world, its still proven to wreak havoc on your skin and needs a change to your normal skin care habits.
Cleansing your skin at night minimises the amount of oil on the skin and reduces acne-causing bacteria, which will result in fewer blemishes. Unintentionally touching your face during the day contributes towards superficial debris on the skin and provides the perfect environment for bacteria to thrive.
Your skin repairs itself at night, making this the perfect time to apply your skin care correctives, allowing for active ingredients to accelerate the metabolism of your cells. This function is essential in maintain a youthful appearance. Removing your makeup gives your skin a clean palette for the application of your skin care correctives, thereby maximising product efficacy and results.
3. Supplement your skin externally;
Whilst oral supplementation of vitamins contributes greatly towards overall health of the body and skin, one’s skin benefits just as much from the topical application of vitamins and anti-oxidants which is something new that should be built into your new skin care habits. All good skin care habits should contain a variety of vitamins and anti-oxidant rich ingredients. DermaFix Ferulic + C + E is the ultimate supplement of essential vitamins, providing your skin with much needed anti-oxidant protection against environmentally induced stress which often leads to ageing.
4. Apply a sunscreen 365 days a year, rain or shine;
Many of us are under the impression that it is only necessary to apply sun protection when we are exposed to direct sunlight. The truth however, is that we need daily protection from damaging UVA/UVB rays, regardless of whether our exposure to the sun is direct or not.
Around 78% of the sun exposure experienced in a lifetime is due to incidental exposure. Walking to your car, driving or even sitting in a sun filled environment can cause unnecessary sun damage. Sun exposure is the primary cause of skin ageing, one can spend all the money in the world on good skin care products but neglected to use adequate sun protection products, means that the sun will continue to be a contributing factor to skin damage. DermaFix DermaShield SPF50 is formulated to meet all the necessary requirements as per the South African legislation: SANS 1557:2013, ISO 24444, ISO 24443.
5. Get Enough Sleep;
It’s called beauty sleep for a reason and a lack of sleep can have a profound impact on the skin. When you are sleep-deprived, your body makes more of the stress hormone, cortisol. Elevated levels of cortisol can lead to increased stress and inflammation within the body thereby affecting overall skin health.
During periods of sleep your body rebalances its moisture levels within the skin thereby giving you a more nourished skin when you awaken. Growth factors are also released at this time, and are your body’s most important tools for repairing and restoring your skin. These growth factors trigger your fibroblasts to produce new collagen, one of the most important elements of healthy skin. Furthermore, while you sleep, your body increases the blood flow to the skin, resulting in a glowing complexion.
Incorporating these simple daily skin care habits will go a long way in starting your journey to a healthier and more radiant complexion. For more information on specific DermaFix Cosmeceutical Skin Care products to suit your skin needs visit www.dermafix.co.za or call us directly on 0861 28 23 23.