Back to School Skincare Tips
Tip 1: Don’t stress. Teachers, students and parents put too much stress on themselves at the beginning of the school year. Relax, enjoy this exciting new chapter in life. Even if you don’t have noticeable fine lines and wrinkles, chronic stress could be causing your skin to age more quickly in ways you can’t see right now. For starters, when you’re feeling extremely tense, it can interfere with your sleeping and eating habits, resulting in sluggish cell turnover. Stress can also increase inflammation, which has been shown to reduce collagen and elastic tissue, making your skin weaker, drier, and more wrinkle-prone. Plus, all that frowning and grimacing can break down your skin’s connective tissue, leading to premature deep lines. If you already suffer from rosacea or eczema, stress can also kick those conditions into overdrive.
Tip 2: Hydrate. Hydration is the key to smooth and plump skin. It is always important to drink more than 8 glasses of water per day. Water flushes the toxins out of your system and hydrates the body. The same method applies to our skin. Keeping our skin hydrated will give us a glowing, natural, and bright complexion. It is also effective in treating skin problems. This can be effectively done by using a moisturizer or serum that contains Hyaluronic acid.
Tip 3: Eat a healthy diet. A healthy diet can help you look and feel your best. Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins. A diet rich in vitamin C and low in unhealthy fats and processed or refined carbohydrates promotes younger looking skin.
Tip 4: SPF. Miami weather is mostly sunny days and warm weather. There’s a saying that goes, ” If there’s daylight out, you need sunblock “. The importance of SPF is crucial during the warm season when the sun is at it’s peak. Sunlight can cause damage to the skin like hyperpigmentation and skin cancer. It is important to wear an SPF with 30 or higher and that has broad spectrum protection every day regardless if the sun is not out. Even when driving, it is proven that car windows actually magnify the rays of the sun exposing you to an even greater risk. Always look out for these key ingredients in sunblock: Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide.
Tip 5: Treat your skin gently. Daily cleansing and shaving can take a toll on your skin. To keep it gentle:
- Limit bath time. Hot water and long showers or baths remove oils from your skin. Limit your bath or shower time, and use warm – rather than hot – water.
- Avoid strong soaps. Strong soaps and detergents can strip oil from your skin. Instead, choose mild cleansers.
- Shave carefully. To protect and lubricate your skin, apply shaving cream, lotion or gel before shaving. For the closest shave, use a clean, sharp razor. Shave in the direction the hair grows, not against it.
- Pat dry. After washing or bathing, gently pat or blot your skin dry with a towel so that some moisture remains on your skin.
- Moisturize dry skin. If your skin is dry, use a moisturizer that fits your skin type. For daily use, consider a moisturizer that contains SPF.