6 surprising skin tips you should take seriously
There are skin tips that everybody knows like “make sure to remove all make-up before bed” and “cleanse, tone, moisturise”. But then there are other, lesser-known tips that can also have an effect on the condition of your skin. And just because you may not have heard of them, doesn’t mean they’re not important…
SURPRISING SKIN TIP #1 Watch your face when you exercise
Do you ever use anger to fuel your workouts? Sure, imagining your ex is the punching bag is great for motivation, but it may also cause you to tense your face, the jaw and throat in particular. Those who tense these areas during exercise, whether it’s from concentration, frustration or anger-fuelled motivation, can cause the cords of their neck to become more prominent and effectively pull down the face.
SURPRISING SKIN TIP #2 The sun is everywhere
Just because you’re inside, doesn’t mean the sun isn’t reaching you. UVA rays can travel through windows in the office, home, and car. And just because its winter, doesn’t mean the sun isn’t there. So you should always wear SPF products no matter what the season and no matter where you are.
bh recommends: Cancer Council Day Wear Plus Tint and Banana Boat EveryDay SPF 30+.
SURPRISING SKIN TIP #3 Say no to plastic bottles
What happens when you drink out of a plastic bottle? You purse your lips around the top and drink. As with straws, constant pursing of the mouth can create lines and increase the depth of existing ones around the mouth. Instead, stick to using a glass when possible and, if you must drink from a bottle, use one with a spout so you can squirt it into your mouth instead of pursing your lips around the top.
SURPRISING SKIN TIP #4 Massage is for more than your body
Massage can be used for more than muscle pain and relaxation. By massaging the face you can help to stimulate collagen and restore elasticity. Always use upward sweeping motions to help prevent ageing and light tapping movements around delicate areas like the eyes.
SURPRISING SKIN TIP #5 Clean your phone
Simply wiping your phone with your hand doesn’t mean it’s clean. When you think about how many times you press it up against your face, the amount of dirt and make-up residue it would accumulate is quite substantial. So try to go hands-free whenever you can and clean your handset with an anti-bacterial wipe regularly.
SURPRISING SKIN TIP #6 Ditch the washcloth
Washcloths can actually be quite abrasive on the skin, especially if you’re using them for make-up removal or cleansing. Instead, try a softer cloth like a muslin cloth and always use slow circular motions to wash away product. If you must use a washcloth, gently pat and press on to the skin instead of rubbing.
bh recommends: Kosmea Five Minute Facial™ Muslin Cloth ($9.95)
Had you heard any of the above skin tips before? Which one surprises you the most?