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How to Improve Your Skin... Without Skincare 

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How to Improve Your Skin... Without Skincare 

Using the right skincare products is important. But that is only one part of it. Dermal Therapist Yadira Cauchi on what you can be doing daily to support your skin health.

Yadira Cauchi

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It is easy for skincare marketing to trick us all into believing


that the only way to the healthiest or glowiest skin is via adding 50 million serums into a 10 step OTT skincare routine.


When in reality, there are many other factors that come into play when it comes to ensuring optimal skin health. In fact, skincare products are just one part of the puzzle.

 

So while an effective skincare routine with the right products for your skin type and concerns is a great step in the right direction, there are definitely additional things you can be doing to improve your skin - and the best thing is, many of these are often free. 

Limit your time in the sun

Yes, wearing a daily SPF is important as is re-applying during the day. However, limiting sun exposure by staying in the shade, wearing protective clothing, including hats and sunglasses can improve the skin as well. 


Plus, it’s estimated that around 90% of premature ageing is caused by sun exposure so it’s a worthy habit to start getting into.

Stop picking and constantly touching your face

We all know that squeezing pimples can be tempting, however realistically all this does is drive inflammation in the skin, make your pimple worse and put your skin at risk of scarring.

Pimple patches are great to buy and use if you know you are a picker. However, it’s also important to know that our hands are constantly covered in bacteria too, so when you’re touching your face you're essentially spreading that bacteria onto your face which can trigger breakouts. So always remember to wash your hands - especially before washing your face.

Clean your makeup brushes

While we are on the subject of bacteria, cleaning your makeup brushes is super important.


And yes, it is a tiring task that not many people like to do, however our makeup tools harbour bacteria and can lead to breakouts and inflammation when you don’t clean them.

Try to turn it into a weekly habit. Hot tip: I also personally love to clean my makeup brushes as clean makeup brushes always equals better makeup application.

Sleep

Any new mum will be able to tell you how lack of sleep can mess with your skin.


Not only does it lead to skin looking dull and dehydrated but when you don’t sleep there tends to be knock on effects to other areas of your life, including diet - as lack of sleep often forces us to reach for extra caffeine or sugar for an instant perk up.


You see, when you sleep your skin has time to repair and regenerate so sleep is vital for overall health.

We also produce human growth hormone while we sleep so 7-9 hours each night is always recommended to help keep the skin looking its best.

No excessive smoking/alcohol

Excessive smoking and alcohol use are linked to premature ageing, dehydration in the skin, dark circles and an overall dull complexion.


Not to mention all the negative health benefits that they bring too. Excessive smoking and alcohol use is never recommended.

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