Healthy skin doesn’t need to be perfect; it needs to be healthy

 

healthy skin

As I was finishing off painting my hall, stairs and landing the other day, I realised that I’d completed 5 coats, and I still wasn’t completely happy with how it looked. I had to make myself stop and put the paintbrush down. I was in danger of painting long into the night, striving for that perfect finish. Something popped into my mind about healthy skin!

This got me thinking that people often feel this way about their skin. They think that their skin needs to be totally flawless, with no visible pores and a perfectly even skin tone. What they’re looking for is that airbrushed effect that we see all over social media – the effect that is mostly achieved with filters. This simply doesn’t exist in real life.

All skin is different. We all have different pore sizes, odd blemishes, uneven skin tone and pigment variations. And all these things appear on healthy skin.

Should a specific skin condition be bothering you. Such as premature ageing, acne and acne scars, pigmentation, rosacea or facial thread veins please take a look at my Skin conditions page.  You will find more information and advice.

If your skin is healthy, it will always have a lovely glow about it and will make you look younger naturally. So here are my 4 top tips for achieving healthy skin:

1. Use a gentle cleanser

Cleanse your skin every morning and evening using a gentle cleanser. Make sure you remove your makeup properly at night – every night! Avoid harsh washes, scrubs and anything that contains ‘grit’. If you only make one change, make sure you never use wipes again; they are damaging to your skin and the environment.

2. Ease off the exfoliation

I know people who have dermaplaning (an exfoliating procedure), then they’ll use a scrub, then use products containing lots of different acids. This can be a bit too much for most skins and can be very drying. This can have a big effect on skin health. Try just using a gentle enzyme exfoliator, either one that you can use every day that’s in your cleanser, or one you use once or twice a week. This allows the healthy skin to grow and flourish!

3. Your skin needs vitamins

Your body needs a lot of vitamins and minerals and so does your skin. Try adding rich, nourishing serums and creams, enriched with vitamins, into your skincare routine. Choose the right vitamins for your skin to help to keep it healthy.

4. Wear SPF daily

Most people apply their SPF throughout the warmer months now, but even through the winter, make sure that you are using SPF 30 and above every day. UV rays are one of the biggest culprits for ageing the skin fast, and they can still reach your skin through the winter clouds.

So don’t focus on perfection but concentrate instead on healthy skin. You’ll soon see a more youthful glow return. You can also contact us if you have any skin health concerns. It may be worth having a skin consultation. Or we may even recommend you see your GP!