In the last year, we’ve spent a lot more time looking at our faces than we usually would. Where we’d once pop some make-up on and head out the door, many of us are still working from home. This means that, for many of us, the last 18 months has seen video calls replace in-person meetings and led to us receiving a reminder of how we look throughout the day.
While all this time spent looking at our faces, we’ve suddenly shifted our focus away from buying the latest foundation and towards skincare. A few months into the first UK lockdown, it was revealed that 96% of consumers preferred investing in skincare over make-up – and this trend has continued into 2021.
But what of those who haven’t jumped on the skincare bandwagon? If you’re among those who don’t prioritise good skincare, read on. Here’s a look at why a decent skincare routine can be good for you.
What can happen if you don’t look after your skin?
So, why is it important to take care of your skin? The main reason is the health benefits. One of the major points to consider is the impact of UVA and UVB rays on the skin. While getting some sun is good for you, it’s crucial that you add sunscreen.
According to the Transform Group, SPF should be used year-round, even in the winter. This is because even in the colder weather, your face is still exposed to sunlight and blue light rays. Transform Group explains that exposure to UV rays can cause premature ageing, such as wrinkles, fine lines, dark spots, and sagging.
In addition, adding sunscreen protects skin from the risks of developing skin cancer. Transform Group recommends using at least an SPF30 on your face all year round – and for that golden glow, fake tans and bronzers rather than sunbeds are the way forward.
Another factor that can impact negatively on your skin is a lack of sleep and not drinking enough water. By not having enough rest, you can develop under-eye bags, dry out your skin, and accelerate the signs of aging.
Water is great for keeping your skin looking plump. Without it, the texture becomes dry and dehydrated.
Are you a smoker? That’s another factor that can dry out your skin. It can also cause wrinkles. Transform Group adds that smoking can also affect the elastin levels in your skin, leaving it saggy.
Picking your skin is another no-no. While it can be tempting to squeeze spots and touch your face, this can lead to scarring and, in some instances, infection.
How to look after your skin
We’ve already touched on some ways to look after your skin. Here’s an overview of action to take:
- Try to get a good night’s sleep
- Drink plenty of water during the day
- Apply an SPF of at least 30 every day, even in the winter
- Treat skin concerns by seeking help from the experts. A dermatologist is a good starting point
- Develop a good skincare routine. Skincare powerhouse, Caroline Hirons covers AM and PM routines to suit a range of skincare complaints.