1. It is important to get yourself
into a regular skin care routine (see our Fact Sheet on daily
cleansing). Our skin is one of our best assets and should be looked
after everyday. Your skin care routine need not be a long, tedious
task, but one that suits your life. You also do not need to spend a
fortune on expensive cosmetics.
The cost of skin care
preparations can be an indication of the quality of the ingredients used
in them. However, if you use cheaper products and find they give you
good results - keep using them. It comes down to what works best for
If your skin feels drawn and
tight after cleansing, this may be an indication that the products you are
using are too harsh for your skin - change to a more gentle product line.
4. Get advice before
outlaying money for beauty products. Be sure you are purchasing
products that suit your skin type.
5. Protect your skin against
the sun - use high SPF products every time you venture out into the
sun. If you find you are allergic to the chemicals used in these
products, ask your Pharmacist for more natural sun protection
alternatives. Don't forget to apply sun protection to your
lips. Your lips have less skin layers and tend to burn easier than
the rest of the face.
6. Change your skin care routine to
suit the season. In summer you may need a less oily
moisturiser and a wash off cleanser. However, in wintertime, it may
be preferable to use an oil based moisturiser and a cream cleanser as the
winds and drop in temperature tends to take the moisture out of the air
around you. The moisture in your skin drops dramatically at this
7. If you change skin care products,
leave your final judgement for at least a month. It may take
this long before you see any results or not.
8. Cream cleansers need to be
massaged into your skin and left for a minute or so to enable them to
dissolve any dirt or makeup. Then gently tissue off residue.
Do not use harsh tissues or toilet paper as this can damage the skin with
9. Don't be afraid to use different
products from different companies. Your main aim is to find
products that suit your specific skin - these may come from several
10. Don't leave your make up
on overnight. This is possibly the worst skin care 'mistake'
people make. It takes a long time for the skin to remove the dirt
and impurities naturally. Just remember - it only takes a few
minutes and your skin will thank you in the morning!
11. Give your skin a gentle steam
clean every week. Put some hot water in your sink and place your
face over the sink covered with a towel. The steam vapours gently
cleanse and remove impurities. Be sure to protect your delicate eye area
by first putting moisturiser around them. This is also great for
colds and flu. You could add some essential oils into the water and
breathe. Please do not use this treatment if you have sensitive skin
as it can aggravate the problem.
12. Sometimes wrinkles around
the eyes can be caused by how you sleep on your pillow. Try to sleep
on your back if possible to avoid creases under your eyes in the
13. Watch your diet.
See a naturopath or your health practitioner to get a suitable lifestyle
diet for your age group. Crash diets can have disastrous affects on
14. If you have oily skin -
don't be tempted to use harsh products to tackle the problem. Just
stick to your skin care routine - cleanse skin thoroughly, tone and use an
oil free moisturiser. If you find your skin gets increasingly oily
during the day, buy some oil absorbent sheets to dab onto the oily
areas. These sheets are readily available and also usually have a
powder on them so that your make up is not disturbed when they are applied
to your skin. Also see our aromatherapy section for more tips on
what you can do for this type of skin condition.
15. Don't pick any pimples
you may have. This can spread infection.
16. If you are prone to puffy
eyes in the morning, you may also find that small lines develop as a
result. This problem can be helped by not sleeping on your stomach
- sleep on your back and slightly upright (with more pillows - if this
is comfortable for you). Also cutting down on the amount of salt
you consume can also help this problem. Salt causes the kidneys to
work overtime and stops them from doing their normal job of filtering
fluids properly. We then get fluid retention which can cause puffy
eyes. There are many remedies - tea bags (that were soaking in a
small amount of water in the fridge overnight) applied on each of the
eyes can help. Leave them on for about 10 to 15 minutes.
There are also preparations and natural products available at pharmacies
and health food shops that give very good and quick results