Did you know that your skin is your largest organ? Not only does it protect you from the weather, but your skin also forms part of your immune system and helps protect you against infections.1 It’s important, therefore, that we supply our skin with the best tools to help protect it.1–3
It starts with a healthy diet. Plenty of fruit, vegetables, wholegrains and lean proteins can help you look and feel your best.1,3 Be sure to drink plenty of water – this will help keep your skin hydrated.3 By applying a daily moisturiser, you can help keep your skin moist and also reduce the appearance of fine lines.2
You may be unaware, but uncontrolled stress can make your skin more sensitive and trigger problems. By taking steps to manage your stress (such as enough sleep and making time to do things you enjoy) you can help improve your skin as well as your state of mind.3
One of the most important ways to take care of your skin is to limit sun exposure. Sun exposure can cause wrinkles, age spots and other skin problems.2,3 For the most complete sun protection: use a broad-spectrum sunscreen, seek shade and wear protective clothing. Consider incorporating a moisturiser that already contains sunscreen into your daily routine.
Whatever your approach to healthy skin, remember: treat your skin gently. The toll of daily cleansing and shaving can strip oil from your skin.3 To help protect your skin, avoid hot baths and long showers, shave carefully using shaving cream, lotion or gel, and choose mild cleansers.
- Healthdirect. Skin. Available at: www.healthdirect.gov.au/skin (accessed August 2018).
- Better Health Channel. Healthy ageing – the skin. Available at: www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/ConditionsAndTreatments/healthy-ageing-the-skin (accessed August 2018).
- Mayo Clinic. Skin care: 5 tips for healthy skin. Available at: www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/in-depth/skin-care/art-20048237 (accessed August 2018).