I spend a lot of time outside and that isn’t about to change anytime soon. Im also fair skinned. Spending lots of time outside and having fair skin aren’t two things that go particularly well together. There’s certain things you have to take into account a bit more. I also tend to get pretty dry skin; especially in winter or when I’m hitting the slopes on skis. Over the past month of so I’ve been learning a bit more about how to look after your skin, especially when you spend a lot of time outside. Oh, and the best part is you don’t need a tonne of product – just a couple of good essentials.
Clearly I’m not a beauty blogger and I don’t intend to be. However, I recently attended a Dermalogica treatment in Vancouver which was not only super relaxing but taught me a bit more about my skin and how to care for it. Whilst everyone’s skin is different, I picked up a few useful pieces of advice that’ll help you look after your skin (especially if you spend a lot of time outside).
Why is it important to look after your skin?
When you spend a lot of time outside your skin is subject to harmful UV rays which, if you’re fair skinned like me, are bad news. Even when it’s not sunny outside you can still do damage to your skin. There’s also the drying effect that harsh wind can have as anyone who’s gone skiing on a windy day will know all about.
It’s not just the weather than can affect your skin either. If you live in a big city pollution can cause premature ageing. Whilst Vancouver has nothing on London‘s levels of pollution it’s still present. And whilst I may not be worried about a few wrinkles right now it’d be nice to keep them at bay as long as possible.
Top tips for looking after your skin
The above makes it sound like pretty bad news for skin but I promise it’s not. If make up or skin care takes me longer than a minute chances are I’m not doing it. If you’re like me then you’ll be pleased to know that there are some super simple things you can do to help you take care of your skin and feel great too!
Don’t use products with known irritants
A lot of skin care products are packed full of chemicals, some of which are known irritants. I’m not suggesting you memorise a list of known irritants and then check the ingredients of everything you buy. But, what you could do, is opt for products by companies who have a great reputation.
Dermalogica is founded on the principal of making products free of common irritants and ingredients that tend to cause breakouts. These include ingredients you may have heard of such as; lanolin, SD alcohol and artificial colours and scents. The impression that I got from my treatment was that they really, really, know skin and so far I’m super impressed with the results.
Drink lots of water
Drinking lots of water is one of those things we all know we should do. It’s a good idea for a multitude of reasons, one of which is the benefits it has for your skin. It’ll help clear up breakouts, keep your skin from getting too dry and can even give your skin a nice glow.
Always wear an SPF
Even when it’s not particularly sunny outside the sun’s UV rays can still harm your skin. Despite being fair skinned I’m not the best at remembering to put SPF on (I’m getting better though!). To make it easier on myself I now buy moisturisers with SPF in them which means I don’t have to remember to add sun cream on top. Plus, the moisturisers feel nicer anyway.
Moisturisers with SPF 30 are great if you’re outside. I’m currently using this Super Sensitive Shield which moisturises and protects
Find a good exfoliant
Exfoliating is something I thought was reserved for teenage skin. You know, when you start to get a few spots and your Mum gets a bottle of Clearasil? Now I know I’m wrong.
Exfoliating helps remove dead skin cells which can result in excess oil and clogged pores. When you exfoliate you remove the dead skin cells and uncover the fresh, new cells below. This in turn leaves you looking nice and fresh.
After my treatment at Dermalogica I came away with this Daily Superfoliant which is not only exfoliating but helps protect your skin against pollution and ageing.
It’s super easy to use and hardly adds any time to my morning routine which means I’ve been able to stick with it!
Make time for exercise
Did you know sweating can actually really help improve your skin? When we sweat we’re actually also releasing toxic chemicals that can build up under our skin. Therefore not only is doing regular exercise generally good for you, but it can help you look after your skin.
Facials can also great for your skin. If you know you have really sensitive skin (or even if you don’t!) it’s a good idea to go to a dermatologist who’ll be able to tailor the treatment to you rather than just doing what they do for everyone.
There are many reasons facials can be good for your skin. Firstly, your skin will be deeply cleansed; far deeper than you’re likely to achieve at home that’s for sure! You’ll probably also be given a massage which is great for helping to plum up your skin and put some life back into it.
Oh, and the biggest benefit? It’s super relaxing and feels. So. Good.