4 Enemies Of Your Skin And Expert Tips On How To Defeat Them
Without wishing to sound melodramatic, your skin is under attack – daily. A near-constant onslaught of pollution, grime and stress can make you old before your time – but only if you let it. Here we round up your skin’s biggest enemies, and what you can do to defeat them.
1. The Sun
Summer is coming. And while that is undeniably a cause for celebration, dancing and street parties, spare a thought for any unprotected skin cells which are quite literally burned by the sun. An incredible 90% of skin ageing is caused by the sun and your risk of skin cancer is magnified if you regularly let yourself bake.
Fight back: Lots and often should be your mantra when it comes to sun protection. You should really use an SPF any time your skin is exposed to the sun, but during the height of the summer use a higher SPF. Don’t fall into that (sun) trap of putting on a high sunscreen and thinking you’re set for the day, you still need to reapply often. We often miss patches and it washes off when you sweat or swim. Try Clarins UV Plus Anti-Pollution SPF50, an ultra-light sunscreen that protects from the damaging effects of UV rays, plus free radicals and pollution.
The grime from your commute literally clogs up your pores. More than that, microscopic toxins from traffic, power plants and other sources of pollution can cause oxidative stress (ageing your skin prematurely) and even cause tiny holes in its surface.
Fight back: As well as washing and moisturising every night, city dwellers should keep wipes at their desk. They don’t need water and work a bit like a sanitiser to refresh your skin. Cleaning your face is both a physical and psychological thing. You’ll feel a better man once you’ve cleansed your face. And don’t forget to moisturise afterwards to stop it feeling tight.
While it’s easy to think of stress as a psychological issue, it can have profound physical effects on your heart, blood pressure and gut health. It also affects your skin, with research linking stress to a range of skin issues including acne, eczema, hives and even psoriasis.
Fight back: Unwind before bed, leaving phones and computers away from the bedroom. Try breathing exercises to help relax the body and focus the body on any muscle tension and learning the difference between tension and relaxation. The mind will follow. In cases of chronic stress, you have to identify the source and find a way of dealing with it. If, for example, your workload is the root of it all, meditation and other tools can only help so much. You may have to speak to your manager about your workload or even accept that you need a different job.
As the sun shines, the swimming pool beckons. But unless you’re up for swimming in the wild, every dip you take exposes your skin to high levels of chlorine. This can irritate your skin, leaving it dry, itchy and patchy.
Fight back: Shower properly before you get into the pool as this reduces any toxic reactions you could potentially have with the chlorine from shampoos, fragrances and skin products you may be using. It also makes it cleaner for everybody else… Wetting your hair with non-chlorinated water prior to swimming also lessens the amount of the element that can be absorbed. When you leave the pool, thoroughly rinse your hair and body and if you have any repeat reactions, use special formulated shampoos to help with chlorinated water. Moisturise again when you are thoroughly dried off to replace and hold in moisture. Try the Super Moisture Balm from ClarinsMen. It contains alpine sea holly extract, which will also soothe any irritation.
Source by askmen