Seven Winning Tips to Preserve your Skin

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Do you dream of having a glowing and youthful complexion that brings out your best features? Well, we all do, but at times, achieving that flawless skin seems to be a bit of a struggle. If you are looking for fool proof ways of preserving your skin and making it glow, you have come to the right place. Read on to learn 7 winning tips on how to look after one of your most precious possessions.

Photo Credit: St Tropez

Take care of what you’ve got
One of the single most important things that you can do for your skin is preventing damage caused by UVA and UVB sun rays. This is not only a matter of beauty, but also a key way of keeping your skin healthy and of preventing the appearance of skin cancer. When it comes to direct sunlight, don’t take your chances and slop on a generous amount of sunscreen, making sure that the product’s protection factor is at least 30. And remember that the best sunscreen products can be easily applied under make-up without ruining your looks.

Facials might be one of the oldest tricks out there, but they’re still highly effective. And whether you have them done at home or at a salon, they’re also the perfect excuse to indulge in some ‘me time’.

While it sounds like a bit of a mouthful, the principle behind microdermabrasion is quite simple. Over time, the skin accumulates dead skin cells, dirt, and the remains of make-up, lotions, and creams. Eventually, they create tiny layer of build-up on top of the skin’s outermost layer. As tiny as this layer of build-up might be, it still prevents moisture from getting to other skin layers. Through the use of crystals or lasers, microdermabrasion procedures remove all build-up, letting the new skin cells shine through. Following this procedure, your skin will respond much more efficiently to any products you use on it. Getting microdermabrasion treatments done regularly will help reveal an even and blemish-free complexion.

Colour me beautiful
Exposure to direct sunlight is damaging to your skin, but that doesn’t mean that you have to give up any hopes of getting that lovely sun-kissed skin tone. Getting a professional looking fake tan is a great alternative to sunbathing, as it won’t damage your skin and you can have it done at a time that’s convenient for you. To avoid a disaster, just make sure you take a look at the colour charts first.

Let your skin breathe
Putting a heavy layer of foundation on your skin on a regular basis can do more damage than good. Remember that your skin is alive and needs to breathe, so from time to time give it a break from foundation, blusher, and the works, and go for a super lightweight tinted moisturiser. Virtually every big cosmetic brand has its own version of this product, and chances are that once you try it, you will not want to give it up.

Preserving your skin is not about plastering your face with all kinds of products, but rather about using the right ones at the right times. Retinoid creams are one of those products that you simply must have, as they unblock the skin pores, stimulate collagen production, and fight the effects of ageing.

Use a serum
While toners, cleansers, and moisturisers have become part of our daily skin care routine, it seems that serums are taking a bit longer to become as popular. You can think of serums as a concentrated moisturiser. These products are packed with large amounts of nutrients and other beneficial micro-elements, which are delivered to the deep layers of the skin, nourishing it and improving its overall tone. Use after cleansing and before putting on moisturiser and be ready to be amazed by the results.

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