Skin care is like dieting. You have to invest time and effort. There is no instant miracle cure.Karen Grant
For the three of us, skincare is a very important part of our lives. Despite us all having different routines and skin types we all still dedicate time and effort into making sure our skin remains ‘happy’. Because skin care is self care. Skin care is more than just the face and it is for more than just woman. So for this week we will be doing a bit of a serious on how to take care of your skin and talk a bit about our routines.
So why should you care for your skin?
Our skin is usually the first thing people see of us. It is the body’s largest organ and yet very often we forget to treat it with the love and care it needs. If cared for right we can prevent wrinkles, acne and skin cancer.
Skin cancer and melanoma is one of the easily preventable cancers-all by wearing sunscreen daily. According to the Canadian Skin Cancer Foundation 80,000 of skin cancer is diagnosed in Canada each year. 5, 000 of those cases are of the deadly melanoma. If that isn’t enough to make you running to the closest store to get sunscreen. Then the idea of preventing wrinkles and other skin issues such as acne, flaky skin and eczema can be treated and sometimes even prevented with a good routine.
Start from within
A good skin care routine starts from within. You can’t drink pop all day and eat greasy burgers all day and expect a crystal, clear complexion. You have heard the age old adage to drink water for clear skin. Well it is there for a reason. Drinking water keeps you hydrated and a hydrated body means plumper skin. As mention, skin is the bodies largest organ and like all organs it is made up of cells. In order to function cells need water. Its simple biology.
Take your vitamins! Want better skin that glows better, heals better and is overall healthy? Well you gotta feed it. The recommended vitamins for good skin are:
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin D
- Vitamin K
- Vitamin B3
- Vitamin B5
- Folic Acid
You can most of these in a fresh foods but a multi-vitamin or skin and nails vitamin will give you all you need.
Eat right. Again many fresh fruits, vegetables and certain meats will contain the vitamins you need to achieve the perfect glow. Fresh foods also contain a good amount of water needed to hydrate your system.
Now for the outside
Now the vast majority of skin care happens outside of the body and when you are starting a routine it can be very overwhelming to figure out what you need to do in order to get it right. And like most things it will take time and trials to get what fits for you. But it is all worth it in the end.
So how do you start a good routine?
- Figure out your skin type: You may notice on some skin care products it says for oily skin or dry skin. Maybe you stand in the shopping isle thinking what on earth combination skin means. No worries it is all very simple and knowing what kind of skin you have will make everything A LOT easier. Renee Rouleau has a great quiz to help you figure out what kind of skin you have.
- Learn the technical terms: T-zone? Mineral vs. Chemical Sunscreen. ACIDS? 3 Step vs 10 step? Things can be very confusing when you get started, it can be confusing even if you have been in the skin care game a while. But worry not our next instalment will talk a little bit more about these.
- Stock up on the basics: Cleanser, toner, moisturizer and a good sunscreen of at least spf 30. And you don’t have to splurge on your routine. Sometimes you can get a good set from your local store.
- Wash your face: Twice a day. Once when you wake up and just before bed. Don’t forget to reapply your sunscreen every 80 minutes. Every 60 if you are outside.
Now we have your routine down its time to start on this week long journey of skin care awesomeness….