5 TIPS FOR HEALTHY SKIN
The way you treat your skin now will be reflected in its condition in years to come. Here are five of the most effective and simple things you can do to keep your skin in good shape:
1 Protect yourself from the sun
A lifetime of sun exposure can cause wrinkles, age spots and other skin problems – as well as increasing the risk of skin cancer. (See page 43) For the most complete sun protection, Cancer Council Australia recommends a combination of measures:
Wear sun-protective clothing that covers as much skin as possible.
Apply broad-spectrum, water-resistant SPF30+ (or higher) sunscreen. Put it on 20 minutes before you go outdoors and every two hours afterwards. Sunscreen should never be used to extend the time you spend in the sun.
Put on a hat – broad brim or legionnaire style – to protect your face, head, neck and ears. Seek shade. Wear sunglasses – make sure they meet Australian Standards; they should carry a label that says they meet these requirements.
2 Eat well
A healthy diet can help you look and feel your best. Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, wholegrains and lean proteins. Research suggests that a diet rich in vitamin C and low in unhealthy fats and processed or refined carbohydrates could be the key to glowing skin. (See Eating for Good Skin, page 44.)
3 Don’t smoke
Smoking contributes to wrinkles and ages skin. It also depletes oxygen levels in the skin by narrowing the tiny blood vessels in the outermost layers of skin, decreasing blood flow. It damages collagen and elastin too, which give your skin strength and elasticity. Repeatedly pursing your lips when inhaling and squinting your eyes to keep out smoke will further deepen those facial lines.
Need help to quit? Call Quitline on 13 78 48 to get the support you need.
4 Reduce stress
Stress can make your skin more sensitive and trigger acne breakouts and other skin problems. To encourage a healthy complexion – not to mention a healthy mind – find ways to manage your stress. Research has shown that regular meditation is a highly effective way to counteract stress. Head online to find courses in your area, or simply download a meditation app such as Headspace or Buddhify.
5 treat your skin gently