In Australia is levels of UVR (ultraviolet radiation) is often high enough to damage your skin all year round. If you struggle to take care of your skin, you need to create new habits.
To avoid chapped lips and premature aging, think of it like brushing your teeth. It’s something you have to do every day.
There are many things that can harm our skin like UV rays but also the pollution in the air is another very real threat to our chances at having healthy, glowing skin.
Never fear, if you make your skin care a priority it will quickly become second nature. Follow these skin care tips to better protect your skin in Australia.
AVOID SUN EXPOSURE
A big skin damaging factor in Australia is too much sun exposure. We can see immediate effects of sunburn but there are more permanent skin ailments like:
- Age Spots
- Skin Cancer
Limiting your sun exposure is your best defence against the sun. Cover up, apply sunscreen and wear a big floppy hat, they’re very fashionable you know.
USE A DEFENCE AGAINST POLLUTION
Cities have a tonne of air pollution that often goes undetected and it’s affecting our skin. The pollution in the air will strip away all your skins natural oils causing your skin to dry out.
You can use products to beauty products to protect against air pollution or simply drink more water. Drinking plenty of water is a natural defence against pollution.
USE A GENTLE CLEANSER
Scrubbing your face with harsh soaps and rough face scrubs could be doing more damage than good. Scrubs often scratch the skin, rather than cleanse it.
Gently massage your face with a warm washcloth morning and night. This will stimulate blow flow, then gently cleanse your face and rinse with cold water to close your pores.
Pat your skin dry (never rub) and apply your favourite moisturiser.
CHANGE YOUR BEDDING
We spend a lot of time sleeping and there are all sorts of nasties lurking in our sheets. Resting your face on the same pillowcase for too long leads to a build-up nasties like:
- Dead skin cells (attracting mites)
- Bodily fluids
It sounds gross, right? It’s normal but it’s important for the health of your skin to wash your bedding regularly.
STRESS LESS GF
Some of my biggest triggers for skin problems are my hormones and stress. Uncontrolled stress leads to breakouts and other skin problems which, can lead to more stress.
There are steps I like to take to reduce my stress for a healthier state of mind.
- Get enough rest. not only is it great for your skin but it’s great for your mental health.
- Write a to-do list. Put everything in your head onto paper to help organise your thought and see things more clearly.
- Know your limits and know when to say no. Spreading yourself too thin just leads to disappointing yourself and others.
- Make time to do things you enjoy! It could be as simple as taking your dog for a walk and getting some fresh air.