We just had to share these skin health boosting tips from the Daily Mirror, compiled using latest research on new ways to keep your skin positively glowing with helpful advice on everything from acne and eczema to anti-ageing skincare techniques.
- Cut out white bread for fewer spots – a recent Australian study showed that a low GI diet helped decrease spots. Swap your white refined carbs such as bread, cereal and pasta for wholemeal varieties.
- Sleep on your back to beat wrinkles – According to the American Academy of Dermatology, sleeping in the same position night after night can lead to wrinkles that don’t disappear once you’re up. Sleeping on your side increases wrinkles on the cheeks and chin, while sleeping face down gives you a furrowed brow. So your best bet for smoother skin is to sleep face up, on your back.
- Eczema-proof your place of work – Any role that involves using chemicals or getting hands repeatedly wet can be an eczema trigger, with hairdressing, catering, cleaning and nursing the worst culprits. So it’s vital to always wear protective gloves, especially if you suffered from eczema as a child, as it can often recur in adulthood.
- Don’t waste money on super-high SPFs – You might think sunblock SPF 100 would be twice as good as SPF 50, but there’s hardly any difference. SPF 50 blocks 98% of UV rays while SPF 100 blocks 99% – a tiny difference in protection for the huge price difference.
- Sip some red wine – Grapes contain one of the most powerful anti-ageing antioxidants yet discovered – resveratrol. Studies suggest it can help maintain a youthful complexion by fighting damaging free radicals.
- Try giving your face a good rub – Not only does it feel great, a facial massage can help stimulate fibroblasts (connective cells) in the skin to release collagen and restore some of the elasticity that’s lost as we age. Just five minutes a night massaging in your favourite moisturiser, using sweeping movements, can work wonders.
- Shun the sun to beat spots – It may seem the sun dries up and improves your acne but it makes it worse in the long run. As your skin sheds the UV-damaged cells, they clog pores and can trigger more breakouts of acne.
- Swap hands when you put on sunscreen – Studies show that right-handed people put more sunscreen on the left side of their body than their right and vice versa, which can mean important areas miss out on adequate sun protection. Try swapping hands during application to ensure more even coverage.
- Be a shady lady – Repetitive facial movements like squinting can overwork the facial muscles, forming a groove beneath the skin’s surface. This eventually becomes a wrinkle or permanent frown line. Wear glasses if you need them for computer work and sunglasses on bright days to stop you squinting.
- Boost fish intake – Getting more of the essential omega-3 fats found in salmon and other oily fish can help to keep skin supple and ease conditions like eczema.US dermatologist Dr Nicholas Perricone even credits omega-3s with reducing the skin inflammation that is responsible for sagging and wrinkles.
- Tuck into turkey – This often-forgotten low-fat meat contains a vital skin-friendly protein called carnosine that slows down a process in the skin called cross-linking. When this happens, fibres grow in the skin’s collagen, making it stiff and less elastic.This stops it snapping back when you do things like smile or frown – and is what causes laughter lines and crow’s feet.
- Get your oats – Oats are one of the few natural ingredients approved by the stringent Food and Drug Administration in America for their beneficial effects on skin problems.They contain phytoalexins, which have a soothing and anti-irritant effect on the skin.
Studies have shown that an oat-based skincare regime can bring about a significant improvement in people with mild to moderate eczema.
- Speed up your cell turnover – While skin of all ages produces new cells which gradually move to the surface and shed, the older you get the slower this process becomes.
“Gentle exfoliation with a damp flannel or using a skin cream that contains retinoids (check the label) can help boost cell turnover,” says dermatologist Francesca Fusco.
- Ditch trans fats – These man-made fats are damaging to your skin, according to Harley Street dermatologist Dr Ariel Haus. Listed on the label as “hydrogenated vegetable oil”, some supermarkets have banned trans fats from own-brand products but it’s still possible to buy biscuits, cakes and other processed food that contain them.
- And breathe… One big scientific discovery is that your state of mind can affect your skin. Stress releases hormones that can make acne, eczema and other conditions worse. Try yoga, reading or any other relaxing activity you enjoy.
Just taking a few minutes at the end of the day to sit and take deep breaths – counting to 10 on the “in” breath and 10 on the “out” – can make a difference.