The condition of our skin affects how we look to others and how we, ourselves feel. Dry or itchy skin is a nuisance, but can usually be easily ameliorated. But there are serious skin diseases that threaten our health. Skin cancer, for one, is on the rise. We offer the following tips to help you keep your skin healthy.
You should wash your face at least, twice a day. You should, especially, make sure you take the time to wash your face thoroughly each and every morning. Overnight, your skin can get quite oily and dirty. Washing your skin in the morning will help to prevent all of that oil and dirt from clogging your pores.
In order to have clearer, cleaner skin, you should exfoliate once every other day. This washes away the top layer of dead skin, making it look younger, tighter, and healthier. Do not exfoliate too much, though, because the top layer, or “horny layer” of skin helps keep your skin clean and healthy too. If you constantly remove the top layer of skin, it will become prone for blemishes, acne, and blackhead.
Learn your skin type. For some it is oily, for others dry, combination and some have extremely sensitive skin. Being armed with this information will give you the knowledge you need to choose skin care products, makeup and even some medications.
When it comes to fun in the sun with your baby, remember that less is more. Babies’ skin is thin and delicate, and cannot take either long exposure to the sun or harsh sunblocks. There are brands of baby-friendly sunscreen available, but the safest bet is put a very large hat on your baby and/or buy one of those “baby shelters” you can take to the beach or pool, so they will have place to keep cool and not get burned.
If you have combination skin, that is, skin with both oily and dry areas, choose a foundation that is whipped, powder, or cream. Any of these options will do an excellent job of covering any blemishes and giving you a smooth, even tone. These types of foundation will also moisturize your skin rather than dry it out.
Wearing sunscreen is a great help when caring for your skin. Sun can be very damaging to your skin. You can prevent damage from the sun by wearing sunscreen under your makeup. Also look for foundations which contain a SPF factor of at least 15 to help protect your skin.
If you have dry skin, consider a creamy facial cleanser. Bar soaps can often be very drying to the face and will deplete already dry skin of much needed moisture. Make sure you are not washing your face too often. For most people, washing their face just once a day is enough.
To keep the skin on your neck as healthy as the skin on your face, use the same cleansing, toning and moisturizing products on your neck, that you do on your face. Your neck can actually age more quickly than your face, so don’t stop your daily skin care routine at your chin.
To help your skin clear up and get rid of that annoying acne, be sure you get plenty of fresh air and sunshine. Natural sunlight helps your body produce plenty of vitamin D, which is a vital nutrient for healthy skin. Ten minutes of exposure each day will help your body stay healthy and your skin clear.
Athletes need to take extra precautions with their skin. Exfoliate once or twice a week to buff away dead skill cells. Excessive sweating during workouts should be wiped away whenever possible. Moisturizing after post-workout showers is of the utmost importance. Sweat carries toxins away from your body, so your skin will need a boost after purging excess oil.
Buy a humidifier. You may already know that certain temperatures can be bad for your skin. Extreme heat or cold, can damage or dry out your skin. Dryness in the air can be just as damaging. If you are having problems keeping your skin looking its best, a humidifier can be a great investment.
Taking a pomegranate supplement may help you fight the sunshine. If you have kept track of modern skin care suggestions, you are likely terrified of the sun. It is not a entirely unreasonable feel that way. Skin care experts are right to tell you that you should always protect yourself against sun exposure. A simple pomegranate supplement boosts your skin’s natural resilience to sunlight – in some cases as much as 25 percent!
One of the most important parts of your skin care routine after age 40, is gentle cleansing. As you age, the tissues of your face become more delicate. Special care should be taken when washing your face to avoid stretching the tissue. Use a small amount of cleanser and use your fingertips to gentle spread the cleanser in a circular motion over your face. Rinse with warm, not hot, water and pat dry.
If you are considering applying thick and greasy Vitamin E oils and creams to your skin to reduce the appearance of facial scarring, think twice. Studies have shown that in oily or acne-prone skin, applying Vitamin E oil can actually increase the likeliness of scarring by triggering excessive oil production, which then makes the skin more susceptible to bacterial growth.
These tips have given you a better idea, both of the range of skin problems and their cures. Our skin is the part of our body, most exposed to pollutants and contaminants that are in our environment. It behooves us to be vigilant in protecting our skin, for it protects the rest of our body.