Words: Yours truly • Photos: David
Growing up I’d consider myself to be pretty fortunate in the sense that I never had to struggle with acne and spots *touches wood*… However, I do suffer from eczema flare-ups from time to time – usually on my scalp and various parts of my body, but I occasionally get it on my face too, which has resulted in slight discolouration and scars here and there as you may notice in the photos. Because of that, I have to be extra careful with what I put on my skin and what I feed into my body in order to keep my skin clear and minimise the chances of another eczema attack.
In this post, I’ll be sharing with you five things I do to maintain youthful and clear skin.
one Use anti-ageing skincare products
This one is a no-brainer. If you want young-looking skin, you have to use anti-ageing products or at least products that have anti-ageing properties that help to reduce signs of skin ageing – such as Nakin Skincare‘s range of natural anti-ageing products.
You may be thinking “Erm… Oli, you’re not old enough to be worrying about your skin ageing…” but the truth is 29 is not too early to start incorporating anti-ageing products into your daily routine. Quite the opposite, you’re recommended to start using anti-ageing skincare products as early as possible (whether or not there are signs of ageing) as a preventative step. Equally, if you’re older than me and you’re thinking “LOL I’m too old, nvm…” Don’t, because it’s better late than never; any time is a good time to start battling ageing.
If you want your skin to stay young, Nakin is the perfect choice. I personally love the brand for a number of reasons:
- It’s vegan
- It’s cruelty-free
- It’s plant-based
All of which align perfectly with what I care about as a vegetarian and a skincare enthusiast. Click here to shop Nakin’s whole range of anti-ageing skincare products.
two Remember to moisturise
Every morning and night, after gently massaging a couple of drops of organic rosehip oil all over my face I slather on some moisturiser to help lock in hydration. I’ve been doing this religiously for a while now and I find that it helps to maintain the appearance of smooth and youthful-looking skin.
Even if you have oily or combination skin (which a lot of men do, thanks to our manly hormone), please don’t think that you can just skip moisturising because “the sebum will naturally keep your skin moisturised anyway”… because it won’t!
Let’s go off-topic for a minute, because this needs to be addressed amongst us greasy men… If left unmoisturised, oily skin can become dehydrated too(!), and that in turn can cause the sebaceous glands to produce even more oil as a form of compensation. So while it may seem counter-intuitive, moisturising your skin can make a big difference in your sebum level and help reduce the oiliness in your skin. In short, regardless of your skin type, you need to moisturise.
three Stay hydrated
Simply moisturising your skin on the outside is not enough, you have to keep your skin hydrated on the inside as well.
How do you do that? By drinking water*, of course! If you didn’t know, your skin is your largest organ and just like any other part of your body, your skin consists of cells which are made up of water – and without sufficient amount of water, your skin will look dry, tight, and flaky… which is not ideal when my eczema is already doing all of that against my will! Not to mention that dehydrated skin is less resilient and therefore more prone to wrinkling, which is one of the most noticeable signs of ageing skin.
Drinking water is just good for general good health anyway, so don’t forget to drink water, kids!
*By water, I mean some good ol’ H2O – as opposed to juice, coffee, beer, wine, or any kind of soft drink (keep reading to find out why not!!)
four Skimp on the sugar
This is not news. Sugar is bad for you in many ways, and one of them is how it can affect your skin – from increasing the effects of ageing to exacerbating skin conditions such as acne and rosacea. So if your goal is to achieve youthful and clear skin, then you need to keep a close eye on your sugar intake.
As I was saying earlier, you should never substitute water with juice, etc., this is because these beverages are more sugary than you might think. And it’s not just sweet stuff that you need to watch out for, but also high-glycemic foods – which are broken down quickly by your body and cause a rapid increase in your blood sugar – like bread, white potatoes, and white rice.
Being Chinese, I do enjoy a bowl of fresh, fluffy white rice now and again, so I’m not trying to suggest that you should quit eating and drinking any of these things but consume them in moderation.
five Slap on that SPF
When it comes to sun damage, prevention is key. Although you might look at me and think that ‘my people’ are less susceptible to sun damage, so there’s no need for me to use sunscreen… You couldn’t be more wrong! Here’s why: Even though skin cancers are less prevalent in non-white ethnic groups, they’re not completely unheard of. And when they do occur, they tend to be diagnosed at a later stage and, because of that, they often end up with worse prognoses… and that’s the last thing I want for my skin!
So, in order to age gracefully and not look cancerous when I’m old and grey, I prefer to wear SPF daily or as much as I can – and you should too.
Before we wrap up, there are three things I want to point out: 1. I’m not a dermatologist by any means, so don’t quote me on any of these tips – they’re simply precautions I take that work for me and my skin, and I hope will work for you too! 2. A lot of how your skin looks and how it will benefit from these tips is largely down to genetics and everyone’s skin is different. 3. Even though the Nakin products were sent to me as gifts, I wasn’t required to make positive comments about the products and/or the brand.
I hope you’ve found some of my tips useful!! Let me know what your skincare regime is like and what you do to keep your skin youthful and clear. Until the next post, bye~