We see all too often through our clients through all their activities they forget one item that is the biggest part of their bodies, their skin. Your skin is your body’s largest organ yet can be taken for granted. Include your skin into your healthy regime. Not only will this help your psyche (when your skin looks good, you feel good) plus being aware of your skin can save you from a life-threatening disease.
Let’s take these 5 skincare vows right now to protect our skin and our health.
Skincare Vow #1 – I will take care of more than my face.
Regardless of the season, our skin is exposed to harmful UV damage and the use of sunscreen is required. Our skin is always vulnerable to damage and needs to be protected. In colder seasons we forget about the effects of the sun as the majority of our body is covered in clothing. However, in all this, our neck and hands can still be exposed.
Make sure to protect your neck, hands and any other bit of skin that may be exposed other than your face throughout the year.
Skincare Vow #2 – I will not wash with hot water.
Winter months have you feeling chilled and cold and you find yourself taking nice hot showers? Not a problem but keep from washing your face in hot water. The high temperature of the water will strip your skin of its natural oils. This will lead to dryness and irritation.
Wash your face with lukewarm water and be sure to use a high-quality pH-balanced cleanser. These types of cleaners will give your face a deep clean without being harsh and damaging your skin.
Skincare Vow #3 – I will not exercise with makeup on.
While this vow may be the toughest for our single clients to follow, they quickly see the benefits as makeup and sweat clogs pores. Having makeup on while you work out will clog your pours faster than just sweat alone. Clogged pores lead to breakouts and having enlarged pores.
Skincare Vow #4 – I will have an annual full-body exam.
We know the expression, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Nowhere is this more important than on our skin and our bodies. Let’s face it, ladies, we visit our gynecologist once a year for preventative measures, so why wouldn’t we do the same with our skin?
Seeing your dermatologist yearly will allow you to keep an eye on any suspicious moles that have changed in colour or texture. Your doctor will also be able to look for any other early indications that may signal skin cancer. Again we cannot stress enough how early prevention can save your life.
Skincare Vow #5 – I will update my skincare products.
Some things, like us, get better with age. Unfortunately, we cannot say the same thing about our skincare products. Every product will have its own shelf life, based on ingredients and preservatives. Using products that have expired won’t necessarily harm you (if they have changed colour, it could signify mold, then it can harm you) but the effectiveness of the products is greatly reduced. Here are some guidelines to follow.
Mascara: Replace every 6 months.
Sunscreen: It’s usually effective for up to 3 years when stored correctly (high temps render it ineffective); check the expiration date on the bottle.
Anti-Agers: Ingredients like retinoids and AHAs are effective for 3 months to a year. Antioxidants like vitamin C last about 6 months once opened.
As always we appreciate all your comments and emails. If you have any questions about this information do not hesitate to contact us directly, and don’t forget to share this information with your friends to take these vows with you.