Skin care basics for healthier, gorgeous skin
It’s mid-year, winter & time to recommit to your skin care basics. We share 9 basics that we believe will keep your skin looking healthy and gorgeous no matter the season or time of the year!
1. Apply sunscreen every day, every season
Sunscreen may seem basic, but it’s your best defence against fighting accelerated aging and skin cancers. Start making a commitment today to wearing sunscreen daily as part of your morning routine.
If you think you don’t need sunscreen because you aren’t outside in the winter months, think again! Studies show even blue light generated from our computers and electronic devices has a negative impact on our skin. For example, one small study found that blue light exposure was linked with the production of free radicals, which are associated with premature skin aging. Not to mention that UVA rays can even harm your skin through windows.
Try Hernuvin’s Sun Care SPF30. It is make-up friendly and does not leave a white cast.
2. Don’t sleep in your makeup
We know we’ve mentioned this a few times, like a broken record. However it is that important. Sleeping with makeup on can cause clogged pores and breakouts to extreme lip dryness. Plus you risk severe damage to your eyes.
Luckily, breaking this bad habit is as simple as washing your face before your head hits the pillow.
We recommend Hernuvin Wash as your go to face wash. Gentle and safe for all skin types, Hernuvin Wash cleanses away make-up without any fuss.
3. Winter-proof your skin
Cold weather, low humidity, and wind take a toll on the skin’s outer layer. Invest in skin care products that will help restore moisture into your skin during the winter months.
We recommend that you add Hernuvin Moisturiser to your daily skin care routing. Hernuvin Moisturiser is built on three pillars to provide the following:
- Desensitising and anti-inflammatory effect
- Anti-ageing and estrogen replenishment
- Moisture management
The results are immediate and long-lasting moisturising effects.
4. Don’t use indoor tanning beds
Kan jy dit nou gloei! Tanning beds are NOT safer than the sun. Research has shown that indoor tanning significantly increases the risk of melanoma.
Science tells us that there’s no such thing as a safe tanning bed, tanning booth, or sun lamp. Just one indoor tanning session can increase the risk of developing skin cancer (melanoma by 20%, squamous cell carcinoma by 67%, and basal cell carcinoma by 29%).
That should be enough reason to say no to indoor tanning beds.
5. Throw out expired or unused products
We all like trying different products, but sometimes our beauty zone can turn into a junkyard with numerous half-filled containers of skin care products — many of which are probably expired. It also makes skin care seem overwhelming. If this resonates with you, it’s a sign that you need to streamline and re-organise your beauty zone.
Start by checking the expiration dates on all your skin-care products. Commit to tossing anything that’s past its use-by date. Also ditch anything that is irritating to your skin. Then try to streamline even further. If you have two of the same products, you probably don’t need both of them. Keep the one that carries the higher percentage of the active ingredient.
6. Don’t pick your skin when you’re stressed
Skin picking can cause infection and scarring. Rather resolve to find other stress-relieving alternatives to skin picking, such as popping bubble wrap.
That said, in some cases, skin picking is a clinical impulse control disorder, according to the International OCD Foundation. They note that up to one in 20 people live with this condition. And, according to a survey published in March 2021 by the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, skin picking increased among this group during the COVID-19 pandemic. If this is the case for you, guidance from a mental health practitioner may be helpful.
7. Keep your routine simple and consistent
Ditch your multistep regimens. More is not always better and can just lead to irritation. Over scrubbing, over exfoliating, and over-applying products is not necessarily any better than sticking to a simple, effective skin-care routine.
A good rule of thumb is to stick to three simple products that will make a difference: a sunscreen, a cleanser, and a moisturiser.
Hernuvin offers a select range of products that do not over-complicate the skin care routine.
8. Don’t smoke
Unfortunately, smoking does affect your skin, making it appear dry, dull, or ruddy. Avoid smoke any way you can. If you’re keen to kick your tobacco smoking habit, CANSA offers a free online eKickButt programme to help you do so.
9. Amp up your routine with retinol
Step up your current skin care routine by adding more targeted products. Skin can benefit from sunscreen in the morning and retinol at night.
Retinoids have the best evidence for minimising visible signs of aging. Try Hernuvin’s Retinol Serum. Start by applying twice a week as part of your bedtime routine. Then, every one to two weeks, you can increase by one additional application a week. The long-term goal is to apply it nightly.
To put this ramped up routine simply: Protect your skin and prevent damage in the morning (with Sun Care), and repair your skin in the evening (with Retinol).
The take home
It’s good to take stock of your skin care habits and consciously adjust them to ensure you stay on track in keeping your skin healthy and glowing no matter the time of the year.
Skin care is self-care. So it’s also a reminder that you are worth it!
Thank you for taking the time to read our article. Until next time, take care of yourself and your skin. You deserve it!
WHY HERNUVIN SKIN CARE
Medically designed and scientifically formulated by a specialist plastic surgeon (whose anaesthetist is a breast cancer survivor), Hernuvin is specifically formulated to address the side effects of Chemotherapy and traumatised skin.
Whether your skin is normal, showing the signs of ageing or recovering from the effects of chemotherapy and estrogen depletion, the Hernuvin Skin Care Range offers a simple skin care regime that facilitates the restoration of ailing skin, as well as providing effective prevention and protective assistance for all skin types.Find out more about our skin care range