It can be hard to understand what you are doing wrong when it comes to skin and hair care. What most of us seem to forget is that small changes in our lifestyle can positively affect how our skin and hair looks and feels!
This festive season filled with holiday spirit and fun parties, have you thought of your skin and hair goals for 2019? Start the year with a commitment to healthier skin and hair - we’ve compiled a few quick important ones just for you!
1. Try to get 8 hours of sleep
We’re sure that you’ve heard the benefits of sleeping a good 8 hours a night. If you’re one of those that haven’t taken the advice, this is why you need to reconsider.
Getting the right amount of snooze time helps in better productivity during the day, stabilising weight and keeping that heart beating strong. In this busy world, we are controlled by a tiny screen during the day and a large one during the night. To getter better sleep, doesn’t just mean putting the hours in - quality matters more!
So why does sleep matter? While you rest your eyes during the night, your body is healing and recovering for the day ahead. Lack of sleep can make your face look tired and ahead of its age - not to mention it can also cause intense dark circles.
Here are some things you can work on in the upcoming new year:
- If you take a while to fall asleep, get yourself comfy in bed a few minutes beforehand
- If you watch TV before bed, try reducing the number of hours gradually
- Keep your phone faced down if you sleep with it next to you and turn off the notifications
- Get your body prepared for rest and dim the lights in your room: you can also light a holiday candle!
2. Protect yourself from the rays
Sunscreen is probably the biggest beauty hack there is - UV damage negatively affects skin at alarming rates. The clouds may be grey and looming overhead but 80 per cent of UV rays can still get to us through them - don’t skip on sunscreen!
Make it a habit in 2019: Apply sunscreen 20 to 30 minutes before you step out and re-apply it every 2-3 hours. If this is a hassle, we suggest combining two steps - you can use a day cream that comes with SPF protection!
3. Scrub the germs away
Don’t skip the essential steps of a basic skin care routine - cleanse, moisturise, exfoliate & sunscreen! Make skin care a strict habit - a cleansing wipe isn’t always the answer.
Most people tend to neglect using a face wash in the winter as one sweats less. Unfortunately, air pollution still causes tiny dust particles to get trapped in skin pores. These blocked skin pores are what lead to acne breakouts! Not to mention, greasy and oily food often catered at parties and restaurants lead to hormonal fluctuations resulting in excessive sebum secretion making the skin oily on the surface.
A face wash helps in removing the dirt, oil, grime and even excess sebum from our skin making it clean. Make this advice a priority: Choose an appropriate face wash according to your skin type! This year commit to washing your face twice a day - one before you step out and once before you go to sleep.
4. Wet hair is an absolute no
Your hair is very brittle while it’s wet and all the tossing and turning you do at night can cause damage. Sleeping with wet hair also means a damp scalp and this allows bacteria and fungus to breed. This can cause flaking, itching and weak hair strands! This can also affect skin care - if you are prone to acne, the moisture that is left on your pillowcase can cause a breakout.
So we think a resolution is in order: keep your “sleep-with-wet-hair” days to a minimum.
5. Turn down the temperature
Cold weather, hot showers - name a better combination. Although this may seem like the comfiest and relaxing thing to do, steaming hot water is not what is best for your hair. Hot water dries up your scalp and may compromise its moisture retaining function and your hair’s cuticle (outermost layer that keeps in the moisture).
In 2019, even on tired days, make it a point to use warm water instead of hot water!
6. Skip the heat and go natural
We all want what we can’t have - we’d rather our curls straight, or vice-versa. Getting ready for a night out and not putting a single scorching tool to your strands, now that’s a challenge you need in 2019!
Keep styling your hair to once a month if you can - put down the curlers, straighteners and blow dryers!
7. Control the munchies
How many times have you heard it already: ‘you are what you eat!’ Your skin is the one thing that will give you a clue on your internal health. We know, setting resolutions when it comes with food can be tricky - you’re depriving your body of certain things. But some things need to be left in 2018!
We’re kidding - let’s compromise instead, moderation is key! In order to watch what you’re eating, you have to pay attention to your labels. Keeping a food log is a small tip to keep you on the right track!
A few things to include in your diet:
Proteins are essential for proper tissue growth, repair and regeneration. They are also required for the synthesis of collagen, which keeps the skin firm and healthy, avoiding loose, saggy skin.
Try out: eggs, meat, poultry, fish, soy, tofu
(a) Vitamin C
A powerful antioxidant and protects the skin from the harmful effects of free radicals. It contributes to a stronger immune system which helps to prevent skin infections and blemishes. It improves wound healing in case of any skin injury or blemishes and protects the skin from sun damage by harmful UV rays. Try out: citrus fruits and vegetables, like oranges, lemons, strawberries, bell peppers
(b) Vitamin E
A powerful antioxidant which protects the skin from ageing and damage in the same way, thus improving skin health.
Try out: almonds, avocados, pine nuts and various oils like - almond oil, sunflower oil
(c) Vitamin A
Is essential for normal epithelialization of skin and healthy development and maintenance of skin.
Try out: fish oil, salmon, carrots, broccoli, spinach
Omega 3 and Omega 6 Fatty Acids
They have anti-inflammatory properties, which prevents inflammatory conditions of the skin, like- acne and psoriasis.
Try out: salmon, tuna, walnuts, flaxseed oil, fish oil,
Fresh fruits and vegetables
Contain powerful antioxidants which protect your skin from free radicals, which are known to cause damage to your skin and speed up the process of ageing.
Try out: 4-5 servings of fresh fruits and vegetables
8. Chug, Chug, Chug!:
Consuming 8-12 glasses of water each day, keeps the skin hydrated and moisturised, which makes it soft, smooth and less prone to dryness, desiccation and flaking. Dry skin is more prone to infections as well as exhibiting of wrinkles.
Water also helps in digestion, excretion and removal of toxins from the body, which makes the skin healthy and less prone to skin infections, like acne.
When was the last time you made a New Year’s resolution and kept it? This New Years, pick a beauty resolution and stay committed to it. It may be hard to start with a bunch of them at once but small changes gradually can do wonders for your skin and hair! Put your health first and everything else will follow. Post a resolution on Instagram and tag us with #NewYearNewMe, and a lucky few will win a free consultation with Remedico’s certified dermatologists.
With Remedico, not only do you get incredible advice to support your healthier skin and hair journey but a solution to all your skin and hair concerns. Our doctors learn about you and your medical history through a 5-minute-online form. They also get to see your conditions through the pictures you upload on the form. Lastly, you’ll have a customised treatment plan coming your way in 24 hours of payment.