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Skin 101

Your skin is the largest organ of your body amounting to about 15% of your body weight. Each square inch contains approximately 19 million skin cells! There are so many factors that can affect your skin, here’s a few you may or may not be aware of.

Chlorine.

Swimming is a healthy past time but make sure when showering after your dip, use a sudsy soap to remove chlorine that clings to the skin.

Makeup.

It happens to the best of us, the tired stubble to bed, and in the morning, you look in the mirror and see the faint smudge or mascara and eye-liner under your eyes. Making sure you remove make-up before counting sheep is important to maintain clear skin. Bacteria accumulating in pores increases the risk of acne and skin infections, super yucky!

Caffeine.

Are you a coffee or tea fiend? Bad news I’m afraid. Caffeine has been shown to dramatically dry the skin, increasing the look of wrinkles. Take a break from the hot drinks and stay hydrated with mineral water to stay healthy inside and out.

Hot Showers.

Its known that most women love to take a shower as hot as the sun from time to time. The steam helps unclog pores and airways but showering in high temperatures can be very damaging to the skin, stripping the outer epidermis!

Salt.

As an adult, in the UK we are recommended up to 6 grams of salt per day. Too much salt is a recognised risk factor in serious diseases such as heart disease, high blood pressure and stroke. It causes dehydration which in skin terms leads to a dry and dull complexion. Swap your salty snacks to a healthy alternative
Sugar. Do you have a sweet tooth? As well as increasing your risk of severe health issues, sugar attacks the collagen and elastin in your cells, leading to saggy, wrinkly skin.