Health and fitness are always the first things we think of when we decide to start on our journey towards a better and improved version of ourselves. However, there is one main and very important organ we tend to forget about when it comes to nurturing and re-building; our skin.
Leading Dermatologist, Dr Daniel Glass from The Dermatology Clinic London, provides his top tips for ensuring your skin is at its best, all year round.
How to keep your skin healthy
We all know the importance of staying hydrated. Water is essential to good health, as it not only keeps our bodies healthy and functioning at their best but helps rid the skin of toxins. If you have been previously dehydrated, research has shown that increasing your water intake can improve skin hydration to some extent.
Water is essential to good health, yet needs vary by individual, depending on many factors, including your general health and how active you. No single formula fits everyone. A guideline recommendation would be about 3.5 litres a day for men and 2.7 for women.
It’s easy to overindulge during the colder months and when on holiday and a nutritional overhaul not only benefits our bodies but also our skin.
The influence of nutrition on skin health is a growing research area and there is increasing evidence to show that too much alcohol and sugar can also affect your skin. It is important to stay on a healthy, balanced diet consisting of a variety of protein, fruits and vegetables.
Stay ray safe
No matter the season, it is so important to protect your skin all year round, and especially from harmful UV rays that sneak through the clouds. We all know that over exposure to the sun can cause premature ageing, wrinkles and more serious conditions.
Therefore, it is extremely important to protect your face with a daily moisturiser that contains an SPF of at least 30 to limit potential damage. It is equally important to ensure you prep and protect your skin during the winter months so that it is in good condition in time for the summer and its harsh summer rays.
Stay active for your skin
Moderate exercise is great for your skin and health and has been linked to longer telomeres, which is a genetic marker of age, which means exercise can make you genetically younger. However, for some, it can also lead to what is known as ‘Runner’s acne;’.
This is a sub-type of acne that occurs at the site of repeated friction or mechanical trauma for those who exercise frequently, e.g. on the skin under headbands, tight sports bras or waistbands etc.
So, when you’re ready to jump back on that treadmill, it’s important to make sure that your skin is clean and make-up free, pre and post-workout, as well as avoiding restrictive clothing and accessories that can block the skin’s pores and follicles.
De-stress and protect
Stress can cause various health issues and is well recognised to exacerbate several skin conditions. So, when modern life and general pressures get on top of you, your body may start to secrete stress hormones that travel through your bloodstream. This causes your blood pressure and blood vessels to rise (‘flight or fight’ response), which ultimately affects your immune system and can cause skin inflammation.
To keep your stress acne and other stress-induced skin conditions such as hives and psoriasis at bay, it is important to take time out to relax, breathe, even meditate, and take everything in your stride.
Don’t ignore your skin
The simplest of them all, don’t ignore your skin!
Whether you suffer from skin conditions such as, eczema, psoriasis or acne, or just the odd breakout, make sure to care for your skin and always keep an eye out for any changes that may raise concern. Visiting will provide you with the help and advice you need for any skin concerns.