There is much to learn about how to properly take care of your skin. There is plenty of information available online, however, not everything you read will apply to your specific situation. This article will gives some of the best tips known in regards to proper skin care.
Make sure you drink plenty of water. Water is beneficial to your body in many ways. It should be no surprise that it also improves your complexion. Drinking water will help your skin get the moisture it requires. It will help your skin’s elasticity as well as its general smoothness.
Make sure to use plenty of sunscreen when you go outdoors. Also make sure you take the time to reapply it regularly. Tanning is actually very bad for your skin. Not only does it put you at a risk for skin cancer, it also cause your skin to wrinkle and age prematurely.
The healthiest thing you can do for your skin is to wear minimal makeup, or no makeup at all. Putting foundation on your face, day after day, coats your skin in chemicals that have to be washed off at the end of the day. Many women, in an attempt to look younger, continue to wear foundation in an unattractive way. You can often get better results only applying foundation in strategic areas so that your face breathes better. Study your face in the mirror and apply foundation only to the red or darker areas. Blend carefully and leave the rest as is. Step back and see if you don’t look better already. Better yet, take the plunge one day and try going commando with no makeup at all, or with only moisturizer and lipstick. You won’t believe how freeing it will be, or how much time you will save.
For great skin, take the time to breathe more deeply. All the cells in your body need oxygen to function properly and that includes your skin cells. Breathing more deeply, allows more oxygen to enter your blood stream, where it can be re-routed for use in healing, renewing and cleansing skin cells. Staying calm and un-stressed, also allows your body to take in more oxygen and to use it more effectively.
If you wear a lot of cosmetics, cleansing your face twice, can leave your skin clean and fresh. First, use a gentle cleanser that is specifically manufactured for cosmetic removal. After you rinse, follow up with a more soothing and hydrating cleanser, to make sure all residue from the makeup and previous cleanser are removed.
Dry skin sufferers whose condition has become painful should stop using all harsh astringents, facial masks or peels. Such products have the propensity to strip important oils from the skin’s surface, exacerbating existing problems. Rather, such individuals should choose mild, alcohol-free cleansers formulated to provide extra hydration.
If you’re having trouble with oily skin, try to incorporate moisturizer into your daily routine. You always should be applying this moisturizer when you finish washing your face and also before putting on your makeup. Even though it may seem unneeded, it will help balance the production of oil. If you’re already dealing with oily skin, then you’re probably making your skin drier because you have to use a strong cleanser. This means that your skin has to create extra oil.
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.
Showering can be hard on your skin, so after you get out, don’t vigorously rub yourself dry. Instead, gently pat your skin with the towel and leave some moisture on your skin. Find a moisturizer or lotion that you like, and put it on after your shower to keep your skin in good shape.
If you have oily skin, avoid over-drying it out with harsh alcohol-based toners, cleansers, and washes. Drying oily skin actually causes the body to produce MORE oil, which makes the problem even more noticeable. Instead, use a hydrating oil-free moisturizer, which will leave your skin supple and hydrated but not oily.
For men, sometimes shaving can lead to skin problems. To prevent ingrown hair bumps, rinse your face with cold water post shaving, or apply ice to the areas you’ve shaved. By applying ice or cold water, you close the pores, preventing hair from growing into the skin as it grows back. You can also try using an aftershave.
When moisturizing your body, don’t forget your neck and chest. These areas tend to age earlier than other parts of the body, as they have fewer oil glands. Use a moisturizer that contains ingredients such as retinols, copper, kinetin and Vitamin C. Moisturize every morning and night using circular, upward motions.
For men, it is especially important that you wash your face daily and use a deep cleanser on a regular basis. While facials and skin care seem like a girly thing to do, men actually need it more, as the skin on men’s face is generally significantly oilier. Men also have larger pores, meaning there is more chance for dirt and oil to clog them up and lead to problems.
Your hands take a beating on a daily basis, so you need to give them extra attention. Choose mild soaps with added moisturizers and always use hand lotion after washing. The skin on your hands is also prone to sun damage, so be sure to use sunscreen, particularly when driving.
In summary, there are some obvious ideas that have been tested over time, as well as some newer techniques that you may not have considered. Hopefully, as long as you follow what we suggest in this article, you can either get started with proper skin care or improve on what you have already done.