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Saving your skin *

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Our skin goes through a lot of daily punishment. Keeping it looking smooth and unblemished takes some maintenance, but could help keep you looking younger longer. Here are just a few ways to protect your skin and keep its vitality.

Opt for a spray tan

Spray tans get a bad rep. Whilst some can give off a dodgy orange glow, a spray tan is much healthier than exposing yourself to the sun. This might not be so much of a problem for those with darker skin, but for those that are pale and burn easily, too much raw sun could cause premature aging and wrinkling as well as increasing risks of skin cancer. Lathering up in sun cream and opting for a spray tan may not be natural but it will save your skin in the long run.

Get moisturising

Skin needs to be kept hydrated. Healthy skin is supposed to be 75% water. Letting your skin dry out will cause it to age faster. You can keep the water trapped in your skin by using moisturiser every day. A bit of natural exfoliation now and again is also good for you – try to get out of the house at least once a day to preserve your complexion.

Stop smoking

Smoking has many negative effects on our skin. Carbon monoxide gets into our blood and stops oxygen getting to our skin, replacing it instead with nicotine. Smoking also stops many nutrients such as Vitamin C getting to the skin. There many companies that can help you make the switch to vaping. Whilst still incorporating nicotine, vaping cuts out all the other chemicals allowing oxygen and nutrients to reach the skin.  If you’re struggling to quit for good then make the switch to vaping and continue to try from there.


Many of us know that stress ages people. This is largely due to the adrenalin and cortisol that is pumped into our body when we’re stressed which causes our skin to flare up more as a primeval response method. Stress can cause outbreaks of acne and can bring on skin conditions such as eczema and vitiligo. Taking the time to de-stress mentally could stop the stress on your skin.

Love your lips

An often overlooked aspect of our skin care is the proper attention to our lips. Unlike the rest of our skin, the lips lack their own natural oil production. Therefore, during harsh weather conditions that can lead to dryness due to high temperatures or cold air, it becomes crucial to apply suitable lip moisturizers or balms.

Open your eyes

Squinting often causes wrinkles to form around the eyes earlier. There are many situations where you may squint that can be avoided. If you have problems with sight, making sure that you’ve always got corrective vision at hand – whether it be reading glasses or contact lenses – will help prevent you from squinting. In bright like, wearing shades can help you to stop squinting (shades can also be useful if you regularly jog or cycle in rain or wind). Also make sure that you’ve always got enough lighting when reading as this is another popular time when we all squint.

Take care with cosmetics

Try to avoid make-up, dyes and other cosmetics that you may have had an allergic reaction to, even if it is a slight rash. Continual damage could cause permanent damage to your skin. Hypoallergenic products are specially formulated to meet all skin types and could reduce the risk of having a reaction if you’ve been prone to be affected in the past.  Natural cosmetics are best for you and the environment and worth investing in.

Wash with soap daily

Washing your face with natural plant based soap on a regular basis can prevent overproduction of oils in the skin which cause spots. Some people are more prone to zits. Others may suffer from serious acne, which can cause permanent scarring to the skin if left untreated. Products such as witch hazel and tea tree can help to prevent and kill spots and can work out more effective than soap and water. It’s common for teenagers to suffer more from spots as a result of a hormone imbalance. For those that continue to have serious problems later in life, a dermatologist may be needed to prescribe special treatment.