No matter how young or old you may be, it is important to properly care for your skin. Taking care of your skin can stop it from aging as you do. You can reverse signs of aging, but prevention is the most effective treatment of all. Here are some safe, effective tips to care for the skin that anyone may use.
One important part of skin care is to recognize your skin’s lifestage, and treat it accordingly. Do you have very young skin? It will be much oilier and more elastic, responding to oil-free treatments. If your skin is over 40, you need to take a gentler approach. If you recognize that you need to deal with both oiliness and dryness, use a combination of gentle soaps and moisturizer.
Strangely enough, you need to use moisturizer even if you have oily skin. If your skin is oily, and you skip the moisturizer, your skin will go into overtime producing oil to replace the oil you’ve just removed. So your face will end up oilier than before. Use a mild oil-free moisturizer so that your skin doesn’t decide to rev up oil production again.
If you have severely dry skin on your hands, it can and should be treated with an antibiotic cream, like you would use on cuts and scrapes. In many cases, extremely dry skin crack open and bleeds. If these cuts are ignored they can become worse – leading to scarring or even an infection. Care for them early by applying an antibiotic cream before applying moisturizer.
To maintain proper skin care for yourself, be sure to keep your skin clean. This is important to prevent your pores from becoming clogged. Clogged pores will result in ugly blemishes due to infections. Be sure to not use harsh soaps so as to not dry out the skin, use mild temperature water, and be sure to not over clean.
Try to only use skin care products that are hypoallergenic and do not contain fragrances, natural or otherwise, as they may damage your skin over time. Alcohol is commonly found in commercial skin products, and it actually works to dry the skin. Make sure to read all labels before buying. If you happen to see alcohol or perfumes on the list, put it back on the shelf.
Make sure your lips are protected, as well. Winter air can be very drying. If you don’t take care of your lips with balm or moisturizers, you can end up with painful dry and cracked lips.
Skin care doesn’t have to be expensive; try a few do-it-yourself remedies to relieve your skin of common problems like pimples. If a blemish appears, put a hot compress on your skin several times and then put hydro-cortisone cream on the spot for two hours. This will help reduce the size of the bump.
When you think of skin care, you should always think of sun care. Using a high SPF sunscreen every day can protect your skin from damaging rays. Sunscreen can help to prevent wrinkles, dry skin, sunburn, and serious forms of skin cancer. Make sure to apply it every time you will be outside.
Shaving can be very hard on your skin, so if you do so on a regular basis, be sure to minimize the damage you cause. Use shaving cream before you shave, and always use a sharp, clean razor. Shave with the hair rather than against it for the gentlest shave.
To minimize the effects of aging on your skin, there are actually some vegetables that have hormones to help make you look younger. Some products that you can by will contain vegetable estrogen. Because they come from plants, they will not be as strong as animal hormones, but give it 2to 3 months, and you should start to see a difference.
Try to cleanse, tone and moisturize your face everyday. Cleansing your face removes any dirt or bacteria on your skin that could cause acne outbreaks or skin infections. Toning removes any traces of cleanser left of your face and closes your pores. Moisturizer prevents dry skin and premature skin aging.
A good workout or exercising regularly throughout the week will do wonders for your skin. Not only will this regiment relieve stress, which can increase oil production and unbalance hormone levels, but you will also sweat. Sweat is a great, natural process our body uses to cool us down, but it will also help flush your pores and get dead cells out to the surface.
Eating properly is one of the best possible things you can do for your skin. If you’re eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, that means you’re getting the right amount of vitamins and minerals. That means your skin should remain looking its best.
Even if you have sensitive skin, you should exfoliate at least once a week. Exfoliating your skin keeps it fresh and healthy. Natural exfoliators such as finely ground oatmeal, very finely ground sea salt that can be added to your usual cleanser a pinch at a time are good choices. They are inexpensive, unlikely to irritate your skin, and easy for you to control.
Can’t afford to exfoliate with an expensive product, but want clean, clear, beautiful skin? Try this easy home recipe – add normal, white, granulated sugar to your normal body wash. Granulated sugar is a great scrubbing agent to dig deep and remove dirt. It’s also much better for your skin than store-bought products that include astringents which can cause dryness.
Also in order to keep your skin healthy, avoid touching it! Your hands carry a lot of dirt and bacteria that you’re not even aware of. So try not to lean on your hands while reading, or sleeping on your hands. Most people aren’t even aware how much they touch their face and the damage that it’s doing to their skin. Once you’re aware you do it, you can easily prevent it and you will find yourself with much healthier skin.
No matter who you are, you need to treat your skin properly. It does take some work to maintain good skin care, but the benefits are many. Factor in this advice while planning your daily routine for skin care.