C is for Care: Part III – Skin

I have been suffering acne and eczema… basically puberty since my early 20s. The skin breakout totally skipped my tweens and refuse to leave me in my 30s. Well, besides the sun damage and protection, the BEST and simplest for me and I am sure loads of other women:
1. Protect yourself from the sun

Use sunscreen blended skin moisturizer. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15. When you’re outdoors, reapply sunscreen every two hours — or more often if you’re swimming or perspiring. Seek shade. For day cream I am currently trying out the Jo Malone Vitamin E Moisturising Day Crème SPF 15. For the night, I got some products from pharma to help clear the scars (I picked my pimples arrrgghh!!!).

2. Don’t smoke
Smoking makes your skin look older and contributes to wrinkles. ‘Nuff said. Quit. Ask your doctor for tips or treatments to help you stop smoking.

3. Treat your skin gently
Daily cleansing and shaving can take a toll on your skin. Keep it gentle:
(a) bath or shower using warm — rather than hot — water. I am using gel cleansers rather than soaps.
(b) shave carefully – 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.
(c) Pat dry. After washing or bathing, gently pat or blot your skin dry with a towel so that some moisture remains on your skin.
(d) Moisturize. There are moisturizers for all skin types. For daily use, consider a moisturizer that contains SPF. 4.



4. 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.
The association between diet and acne isn’t clear as some research suggests that a diet rich in vitamin C and low in unhealthy fats and processed or refined carbohydrates might promote younger looking skin. Hmmm…..

5. Manage stress
Uncontrolled stress can make your skin more sensitive and trigger acne breakouts and other skin problems. I am always stressed. I try manage this with excercise not chocolate 😦 which ‘cycles’ back to Care Part I – Physical

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