In the same way you can’t expect to not exercise for 40 years, and all of a sudden get fit, you can’t expect beautiful skin at 40 when you haven’t taken care of your skin up until then. It’s important to educate children from a young age that their skin is their biggest organ and it has an important job to do, so it cannot be taken for granted.
We hear so much about prevention when it comes to skin care, and for good reason: By taking care of our skin early on, we can help to preserve its youthful appearance for years to come.
3 Important Tips for Young Skin
We’re surrounded by germs and we touch our face a thousand times a day. Make sure you get into the habit of washing your hands on a regular basis, and instil this habit in your children. It is such a simple thing to do, yet we don’t do it often enough. Wash your face in the morning and evening: this removes all the excess oil, pollution and dead skin cells sitting on your face at the end of each day.
Besides preventing skin cancer, wearing sunscreen will also help to prevent premature ageing such as wrinkles, brown spots and discolouration. A recent study reported that people who apply sunscreen everyday show 24% less skin ageing when compared to people who only use sunscreen part-time. It’s important to start this habit from a young age before the damage is done. Most skin aging starts at a young age. The sun can begin to degrade collagen in the early childhood years when sun exposure first begins. In fact, a smattering of freckles is often a child’s first visible sign of sun exposure.
Daily skin care regime
Get into a daily skin care regime which includes: cleansing, toning, applying sunscreen, moisturiser, and exfoliating once a week. This covers the very basic needs of your skin and will ensure a good foundation for when you are older. Many external factors dehydrate our skin every day, and when skin is dry, cells are shed too fast. By using a moisturiser you are helping to normalise cell turnover and the skin’s barrier function can work at its optimum capacity. As we get older, our skin loses its ability to hold moisture, and then it is important to introduce added help in the form of serums and specialised anti-aging creams.