8 enemies of beauty that every girl should know about
1. Sedentary lifestyle
This summer we tried to be outside as often as possible, but in the fall we walk less often. The weather deteriorates, it gets dark earlier, and fears of an epidemic do not encourage walks. Most of the time now we still spend at work, often sitting in front of a computer, which does not have the best effect on health A three arm cluster randomized controlled trial to test the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of the SMART Work & Life intervention for reducing daily sitting time in office workers: study protocol. And this also affects the skin Sedentary Lifestyle: Health Implications: it is not saturated with oxygen as it should and does not receive other nutrients in the right amount. If dry skin and an unhealthy complexion have become your constant companions, think about whether hypodynamia also affects this.
What to do
You don't have to sign up for the gym immediately, just add movement to your life. Have fun dancing at home, walk in the park, skip the elevator, or walk one stop to work. The main thing is to do it regularly.
2. Hard water
For beauty and health, the purity and composition of not only the water you drink are important. It also matters what water you wash with. Hard, with a high salt content, does not provide proper cleansing or moisturizing and can significantly harm LB1529. Repeated exposure to hard water and surfactant impairs epidermal barrier development of the in vitro barrier function of the skin. And if you have sensitive skin, this water can even cause irritation and itching.
What to do
If possible, wash your face with filtered or bottled water and use cosmetics with moisturizing ingredients (hyaluronic acid, provitamin B5, vitamin E, allantoin, vegetable oils).Viktoria Klishko Dermatologist-cosmetologist, Vichy expert.
How to understand that water is hard? In it, the cleanser will foam worse, and after this procedure you will probably feel dry and tight skin.
A good alternative is to use ice cubes (especially frozen herbal tea) for washing your face, in addition to filtered or bottled water. But you need to be careful: overuse of ice can make your skin dry and dehydrated, especially if it already suffered from dryness before. There is also an anhydrous method, but it is not suitable for everyone. In this case, it is very important to choose a cleanser that matches your skin type and needs. Especially now, when it's already cold outside and hot indoors.
3. Polluted air
If you do not live in an alpine village, you probably feel all the consequences of the current environmental situation. And it's not just about health in general: the skin, which loses moisture, flakes, suffers from pigmentation and irritation, also experiences a negative effect. Various elements of airborne pollution on skin, including nitrogen dioxide, can cause damage to cells and, as a result, provoke premature aging of the skin. In addition, the pollutants in the air of the big city simply end up on our skin. As a result, pore enlargement, increased production of sebum and the appearance of acne.
What to do
Every time you get home, go wash your hands right away. The same rule applies to a face. Every day, millions of particles of harmful substances are eaten into the layer of cosmetics on it, clogging the pores and destroying the protective layer of the skin.
Eat enough antioxidant foods (fresh vegetables, berries and fruits, as well as salmon, mackerel, tea, and dark chocolate) and don't forget about cosmetics with vitamins E and C in the composition.
Ventilate the house more often, sleep with a window ajar if possible.
4. Lack of sleep
The main function of sleep for our body as a whole is rest and recovery. You do not get enough sleep, and your skin does not recover either: its barrier function deteriorates, the level of moisture decreases, and the production of sebum, on the contrary.
Bruising under the eyes, dull skin, dehydration, common effects of lack of sleep Overview of Common Sleep Disorders and Intersection with Dermatologic Conditions. In addition, lack of sleep negatively affects the body as a whole, which in the very near future will continue to affect your appearance.
What to do
Sleep at least 7-8 hours a day and do not promise yourself sleep off on weekends: it will be difficult to catch up. Try to go to bed at the same time. And if traveling on social networks right in bed is your usual ritual before bed, give it up.
5. Constant wearing of masks
Protective masks, which have become extremely popular against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, can cause redness, burning, tingling on the skin with prolonged use. In addition, masks often contain propylene fibers, which increase the sensitivity of the skin. If you wear the mask for a long time, your face sweats under it, and friction can cause irritation, in some cases it can even lead to contact dermatitis.
What to do
If you've seen the effects of wearing a mask on your face, go for super-mild cleansers that are fragrance-free and dye-free and intensely moisturizing creams. In addition, beauty products with lipids in the composition: ceramides, cholesterol and fatty acids (Omega 6- and 9-) will help solve the problem. Avoid for a while from dense and persistent foundation, which can additionally irritate and dry the skin.Viktoria Klishko Dermatologist-cosmetologist, Vichy expert.
Protective masks, alas, are not good for the skin, but the negative effect can be minimized thanks to simple rules.
First, maintain good hygiene. This is obvious, but not everyone remembers: a disposable mask must be replaced with a new one every three hours, reusable, washed regularly. It is better to have several masks in order to change them at the same frequency as disposable ones.
Secondly, choose masks that are least traumatic to the skin. The most harmless are the usual three-layer SMS material. It has high absorbent properties and does not allow liquids, chemical compounds, fats to pass through. These masks are only sold in pharmacies and are registered as medical masks.
Thirdly, if irritation or damage to the skin appears from the mask, products to restore the epidermis should be used. For example, treat damage with a product with panthenol in the composition. But this should be done only if there are already existing problems. If the skin is able to withstand the stress of friction, it is better to do with gentle care with an emphasis on protection and hydration. Be sure to wash your face after wearing the mask for a long time using a light, fragrance-free cleanser followed by a moisturizer.
6. Lack of care products with SPF
Yes, you need to use them Reassessing Impacts of Extended Daily Exposure to Low Level Solar UV Radiation in the cold season, especially if you live in southern latitudes, where it will be sunny for a long time. Even if the sky is covered with clouds or it is raining, the rays still penetrate through the clouds. In addition, excessive exposure to heat radiation (infrared rays) and fine dust are further negative factors that lead to skin irritation and dryness.
What to do
Do not forget about sunscreen even in urban conditions and even outside the summer season. And these are not sunscreens for a beach holiday: lighter texture products, fluids, day creams and emulsions that contain spf are suitable for you.
7. Temperature drops
Cold street mode, heated room, real challenge Influence of season on some skin properties: Winter vs. summer, as experienced by 354 Shanghaiese women of various ages for leather. When you leave the room, the blood vessels of the skin first constrict to keep warm and then widen, this is a natural reaction to a decrease in temperature. After some time, the vessels return to their original state, but the more often you go outside, the more often your skin experiences a real shock. It loses its ability to quickly and efficiently regenerate, absorbs nutrients from cosmetics worse, and its elasticity deteriorates.
What to do
In windy and cold weather, it is better to use barrier cosmetics that help restore the skin's natural defenses. At home, you should put a humidifier and monitor the humidity level (the norm is from 30 to 50%).
8. Improper care
The task of cosmetic care is to satisfy all the needs of the skin. You're lucky if the wrong products or the wrong procedures (for example, aggressive scrubbing) are just useless for her. Otherwise, you risk becoming a regular customer of a dermatologist. Allergies, irritation, the appearance of age spots or inflammation, frequent consequences of improper care.
What to do
Don't ignore the basic steps in your daily skincare routine. This is cleansing, toning, moisturizing, and if you regularly use decorative cosmetics, then also make-up remover, the first on the list. Do not use products to which your skin reacts negatively: it will definitely not get used to them. If you cannot understand empirically which cosmetics suits you, it is better to consult a specialist. They will determine your skin type and help in the selection of cosmetics, as well as tell you how to use them correctly.