Looking after your skin is very important, as skin is the human body’s main defense against infection. Unfortunately, skin care regimens can get complicated, expensive and time consuming. Luckily, this article contains some of the best skin care tips around, so you have no excuse for not looking after your skin.
Your skin care regime should include a healthy diet. Fresh fruits and vegetables are packed full of nutrients that will give your complexion a boost. Foods rich in Vitamin C can aid in maintaining the skin’s collagen, ensuring firmness and elasticity. Lycopene, which is found in red-colored fruits and vegetables, can help to protect the skin against damaging UV rays.
If you want better skin, drop the fat-free diet. Believe it or not, your skin actually benefits from eating fats. Try adding a little more fat to your diet. Stick to healthy, unsaturated fats. Foods like olive oil, almonds and fatty fish all contain unsaturated fats that will reduce dry, itchy skin.
When using a facial scrub to exfoliate your skin, be careful about the products you use. Facial scrubs contain grains which help to loosen dead and dry skin. Be sure to choose a scrub with small, fine grains. The larger ones can badly damage your skin, irritating it and causing small abrasions.
Make sure to drink lots and lots of water. While we all know this is good for health and nutrition, many who have great skin also swear it as their secret to a great complexion. Keeping your skin hydrated is one of the many things that dermatologists will tell you are in the ten commandments of skin care.
Sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen. Sun exposure is the number one cause of aging of the skin, and it’s a shame because it’s so easy to prevent. Slather on the sunscreen as soon as you step out of the shower to help it really soak in, put some more on visible areas on your lunch break, and then again when you get home, in that little half-minute break before you get out of the car to go inside. Make sure to refresh throughout the day, because sunscreen wears off. (If you pick a sunscreen that’s also a moisturizer, that’s another bonus!)
Plain nonfat or low-fat yogurt is calcium-rich, which makes it an ideal and affordable skincare treatment. When applied to tight, dry skin, yogurt will impart a soft and silky feeling. It can also be applied to oily skin as a masque; after five minutes, rinsing off the yogurt will also remove excessive oils without stripping the skin.
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.
As mentioned at the beginning of this article, skin care is very important. Hopefully, after reading all of the tips presented above, you will have all the knowledge necessary to keep your skin in the best condition possible. So, start applying the advice from this article today and look forward to having great skin in the near future and beyond.