3 Common skincare mistakes and how to avoid them!
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 wellbeing. Most of us focus on the end result, which is how our skin looks, rather than the process of reaching and maintaining our appearance through healthy choices. This results in common skincare mistakes:
1) Not realising 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.
2) Neglecting your skin when it's young:
The sun and wind can damage your skin. This damage might not show when you're young, but just like your favourite leather couch, the wrinkles and cracking will show with age. If you treat your leather couch with moisturisers when it's new and continue treating it throughout the years, you can use that couch for a long time before it shows its age. The same goes for your skin. Moisturise it before it shows signs of needing the moisture and it will stay healthier as it ages.
3) Using skin care products that promise instant results:
Most skin products that are manufactured and full of 'instant improvement' guarantees are just full of chemicals and broken promises. And, if you listen carefully most of their marketing campaigns state that they will give you healthy-looking skin, which is a far cry from having skin that's healthy. Use all-natural creams and cleansers when taking care of your skin. Avoid ingredients like mineral oil, alcohol, lanolin & parabens (preservatives).
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