In line with #skincancerawarenessweek, we took the time to speak to one of our cosmetic and reconstructive consultants, Mr Shanks Sankar to talk about the importance of looking after our skin and the small steps you can take to improve it.
The skin is the largest organ in the body and plays a vital role in protecting the body from external factors such as the weather, sun exposure, environmental pollutants, fungus, virus and bacteria.
To maintain younger-looking skin, it is important to follow a good skincare regime that includes the following steps:
Cleansing – Use a gentle cleanser to remove dirt, oil, and makeup from the skin. Cleansing helps to unclog pores and prevent breakouts.
Exfoliating – Exfoliating removes dead skin cells from the surface of the skin, revealing smoother, brighter, and more youthful-looking skin. It is recommended to exfoliate once or twice a week, depending on your skin type.
Toning – Use a toner to help restore the skin’s pH balance and remove any remaining impurities. Toners also help to tighten the skin and reduce the appearance of pores.
Moisturising – Apply a moisturiser to help keep the skin hydrated and soft. Moisturisers help to prevent dryness and keep the skin looking youthful.
Sun protection – Apply a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 to protect the skin from harmful UV rays. Sun damage is one of the main causes of premature aging, so it is important to protect the skin from the sun.
What else can I do to keep my skin looking healthy?
Eat a healthy diet – A diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and healthy fats can help to nourish the skin from the inside out.
Stay hydrated – Drinking plenty of water can help to keep the skin hydrated and looking healthy.
Get enough sleep – Getting enough sleep helps to reduce stress and promote healthy skin.
Reduce stress – Stress can lead to skin problems, such as acne and premature aging. Finding ways to reduce stress, such as meditation or yoga, can help to keep the skin looking youthful.
What type of skin problems can you get? – Skin problems such as acne, eczema, and psoriasis can be caused by a range of factors, including stress, hormonal imbalances, and nutritional deficiencies. In some cases, skin problems can also be a symptom of underlying health issues such as thyroid problems or autoimmune disorders.
Additionally, certain skin conditions can be a sign of an allergic reaction or an infection. For example, a rash may be a sign of an allergic reaction to a medication or a food, while a fever and blisters may indicate a viral infection such as herpes.
On the other hand, healthy skin is a reflection of a healthy body. Eating a balanced diet, getting enough sleep, managing stress, and staying hydrated can all help to keep the skin looking healthy and radiant.
How can I get help if I need to speak to a specialist?
Overall, taking care of your skin is an important part of maintaining good health. If you have concerns about your skin or are experiencing skin problems, it is important to speak with a healthcare professional.
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