Health & Fitness

An Expert Guide To Healthy Skin

Sponsored by LloydsPharmacy.

Glowing, radiant, problem-free skin sounds like it’s the stuff of fairy tales, but it can become a reality. If you have a skin condition such as acne, eczema or psoriasis, it’s worth taking the time to identify the cause of the problem before selecting the right treatment. After that, balance in your skin can be restored, making you much more confident and happy with the face you show the world.

First off, you have to take care of your skin. To make it as blemish-free as possible before you consider any kind of treatments, you must make sure you cleanse, tone and moisturise every morning and night. It’s a bit of a pain, but it’s worth it for the gain. If you’re still having skin issues, invest some time in solving the problem. We’ve teamed up with. LloydsPharmacy to give you some simple tips to get you started…

1. Take a closer look at your skin

It’s difficult to figure out the best treatment for different types of skin problems, but if you aren’t sure LloydsPharmacy have expert skin advisors on hand to offer tailored solutions. Take advantage of their FREE professional, full Skin Analysis Service to identify different features of your skin including hydration, pH, elasticity, sebum, melanin and temperature. LloydsPharmacy expert skin advisors will recommend products that will be suitable for your skin type and answer any concerns that you have. Experience Acne? You can use LloydsPharmacy Online Doctor and have a FREE, private doctor's assessment of your condition, as well as recommendations for treatment. You will be asked to upload two images of your acne and fill out a short online questionnaire so their UK registered doctors can advise which medicine best suits your needs.

2. Protect your skin all year round

Protection against the sun is one of the most important beauty habits for your skin. Whether you’re at home or abroad, it’s important to remember that the sun can burn you and cause lasting damage, especially if you have sensitive skin or any skin conditions. LloydsPharmacy have recommended for 10 years that to wear at least a SPF of 15 or above to protect your skin. Check regularly for any unusual skin growths or changes to moles or freckles, and report them to your GP. Check out Solero Ultra-Sensitive, ideal for those who experience excema, (atopic dermatitis.)

3. Be Patient

Unfortunately, a lot of people are looking for a quick-fix solution for bad skin, but that just doesn’t exist. It’s about being patient, not picking at spots, eczema, dry skin or other skin problems and using a product that will help balance out the problem in the long-run. Some products can take around 4 weeks to make a difference, but it’s worth persisting, because ‘quick-fix’ methods don’t prevent the problem returning over time, whereas specialist products which take a little longer to make a difference will do. Also, remember to do a small patch test with new products on your skin and leaving for 24 hours before applying to a large area.

4. Clean make-up brushes

Make-up brushes come into contact with our skin every day, as well as a myriad of other surfaces – such as the bottom of our handbags or dirty make-up tables, so they are highly likely to pick up all sorts of bacteria and transfer it straight to our skin. Make a habit of cleaning make-up brushes at least once a week to keep build-up to a minimum and ensure as little as possible is transferred to your skin to avoid spots and blemishes.

5. Manage your skin treatments in a way that suits you

LloydsPharmacy understands that work commitments, ever-growing ‘to-do’ lists and recurring trips to your local pharmacy or GP surgery can make collecting your repeat prescription medicines, whether that be for a skin condition or something else, an inconvenience. Therefore, if your GP surgery is in England, why not arrange for your repeat prescription medicines to be delivered to your door, (at home or work) for FREE? LloydsPharmacy Prescription Delivery Service is completely hassle-free, safe and confidential. You’ll even receive FREE reminder emails about your medication for complete peace of mind.

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