What does the face in the mirror say to you?
Understandably, our face is constantly changing. If you’ve had a rough night, your skin might feel pale and dull. After indulging in a greasy takeaway last night, you might wake up to an oily complexion. Or perhaps your spring allergies are playing up, and your eyes have gone all puffy. These things happen!
But thankfully, you understand how to maintain your youthful and healthy appearance. A fitness routine is an integral part of your beauty regime, along with the appropriate skincare routine and a (almost) healthy diet (we all need to indulge a little from time to time). But did you know that other factors can affect your skin too?
Stress is the most common thing that comes to mind. But what if we told you that your household is the source of most of your skin worries?
Toxic chemical house products
Some of your favourite household products could cause skin irritation, rashes, and itchiness. Most people don’t make the connection. But here are some examples to help you narrow down some of the most common culprits at home.
If you find yourself itching or developing unexplainable rashes on your thighs, chest, shoulders and waist, you may want to change your laundry products. Indeed, detergents contain toxic ingredients that may cause unpleasant reactions on the areas where the fabric touches your skin. You can test the theory easy by switching for a non toxic laundry detergent to see if it stops your problems.
Palm related itchiness and rashes can be caused by a variety of factors. But you can rapidly test whether it’s linked to your household products. Bio surface cleaners and dishwashing liquids are unlikely to cause any skin reaction.
We spend a lot of time using our beloved smartphones. Unfortunately, mobile phones can affect your posture as we sit or stand with our neck bent forward toward the screen. According to cosmetic experts, the phone neck affects our chin and jawlines. When you look down at your phone, you crunch up the skin, creating a large neck appearance and an almost double chin. Looking down affects your youthful appearance.
Makeup can age your skin
If you are a makeup lover, here’s the good news first: wearing makeup does not age your skin. However, the ingredients contained in your favourite brands could affect your skin’s ageing process, such as parabens, talc, dimethicone, and propylene. Indeed, they can aggravate buildups on your skin, making your skin appear dull and uneven. Additionally, makeup can also trap pollutants against the skin, which accelerate oxidative stress.
Pandemic work habits
Last but not least, if you’ve been working from home since the start of the pandemic, your indoor lifestyle could also lead to premature ageing. The British population has struggled with vitamin D deficiency during the pandemic. What you may not realise, though, is that vitamin D is crucial to prevent ageing. If you feel that the pandemic has changed your appearance, chances are that it’s true. The combination of indoor living and smartphones can have dramatic impacts!
Is it too late to transform your lifestyle and improve your skin health? The answer is no. The skin cells have a regeneration cycle of 30 to 60 days, which means that you’ll see positive results with consistency. Are you ready to make your lifestyle skin-friendly?