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Your skin health… How to take care of your skin, from the inside and the outside
Whether you have normal skin, oily skin, dry skin or problem skin, to keep it looking radiant and healthy you’ve got to look after it… from the inside as well as out. So follow our tips to great skin health.
Your three-step skincare regime
Even skin that’s clear from blemishes needs to be cleansed and moisturised every morning and night. So remember:
- Cleanse, to remove dirt and impurities from your skin
- Tone, to remove any traces of cleanser and refresh your skin
Treat, if you have problem skin
- Moisturise, to replace any lost moisture and leave your skin rejuvenated
Look after your skin from the inside
Eating a well-balanced diet can do wonders for your skin. Try to avoid fad dieting or cutting out food groups and instead focus on getting your five-a-day fruit and vegetables, and drinking plenty of water to keep skin hydrated. It’s a myth that eating fatty foods causes spots, but it’s still good for your health to watch how much fatty food you eat.
Smoking is damaging to your skin so give up! Smoking can accelerate the skin’s ageing, meaning that it droops, develops wrinkles and lines, and can become dry and coarse. Smokers are also more likely to develop uneven skin colouring and broken blood vessels on the skin too. And that’s all as well as being harmful to your lungs and putting you at risk of cancers and stroke. Come in store and ask the pharmacy team about our Stop Smoking Service for all the advice and support you need.
Try to stick to the recommended guidelines of how much alcohol to drink. Drinking too much can dehydrate your skin and, after time, lead to broken veins on your face. Aim for no more than:
- 2 to 3 units a day for women and a maximum of 18 units a week
- 3 to 4 units a day for men and a maximum of 21 units a week
Protect your skin in the sun against harmful UVA and UVB rays. This will reduce the risk of malignant melanoma (skin cancers) and premature skin ageing. Lloydspharmacy has a wide range of suncare products with high protection from UVA and UVB.
Get enough sleep. Everyone needs different amounts of sleep but sleep deprivation can result in dark circles under your eyes and a sallow complexion. So avoid burning the candle at both ends and make some time to relax before bed.
Look after your skin from the outside… every day
Your lips. Keep them hydrated with a moisturising lip balm, especially during extremes of weather. You can get lip balms with UVA and UVB protection to protect from the sun too.
Your body. Use a body moisturiser regularly, especially after a bath or shower, to replace any oils lost through washing
Your feet. Keep them healthy with regular washing and moisturising. If you have diabetes seek advise from your pharmacist before using files or treatments for verruca or corns.
Your face. Make sure you use the most right products for your skin type:
- Oily skin has a shine to it and is more prone to spots. Look for products that combat oil, and water-based or low-oil-based moisturisers like gels or light lotions.
- Dry skin can feel tight and may look flaky. Look for products that have moisturising properties and avoid harsh alcohol-based products or perfumed products that can dry your skin out further.
- Combination skin has both oily and dry areas to it. There are many products suitable for combination skin, and you can use a richer moisturiser on specific dry areas.
- Sensitive skin tends to react to some chemicals in cosmetics, so look for hypoallergenic products.
Our skincare range
At Lloydspharmacy, we have a wide range of products that can help you achieve healthy skin.
Come in store and ask our pharmacy team to find out which products are best for your particular skin type and condition.
Looking after your moles
Moles are really common and mostly benign (non-cancerous). They’re pigmented lesions of skin that are usually brown and circular but they can be flat, raised, smooth or rough and vary in size. People with paler skin tend to have more moles than those with dark skin and we develop more over our lifetime. If you have moles take control and:
- Regularly check them using the ABCDE technique (see below) and see your doctor if any are worrying you
- Protect yourself from the sun using a hat, light layers of clothing and a high factor sunscreen (SPF 30+) applied generously and regularly, especially after swimming
- Seek out the shade at the hottest times of the day, between 10am and 3pm,but remember you can still catch the sun in the shade so always wear sunscreen
- Don’t use sun beds and tanning lamps
The ABCDE technique
Asymmetry – benign (non-cancerous) moles tend to be round and symmetrical, so look out for moles with a funny shape
Border – benign moles have smooth, even borders, so look out for moles with ragged, irregular edges
Colour – benign moles tend to be a regular brown colour, so look out for different shades of brown or black in one mole
Diameter – benign moles are usually less than 6mm in diameter, so look out for bigger ones
Elevations (or Enlargement) – look out for bigger or more raised moles
If you’re concerned about a mole, even if it does pass the ABCDE test, always get it checked out by your doctor.
When to seek help
If you ever have any concerns about your skin and how to treat your symptoms, talk to a member of your pharmacy team and we’ll put your mind at rest.