Suboptimal skin care can lead to all sorts of nasty outcomes like acne and dry skin. Proper skin care isn’t something that you typically learn in school, so you need to learn proper technique from somewhere. The tips in this article give practical advice for maintaining healthy, vibrant skin.
In this day and age, there is no excuse for not wearing sunscreen every time you leave the house. Skin cancers have become so prevalent that every man, woman, and child should be protected, even if they’re only going out for a little while. Fortunately, this choice is made very easy for most women, since most facial moisturizers have SPF 15 sunscreen built in. Others, such as Clinique’s City Block, offer an even higher sun protection factor.
To help keep lines and wrinkles at bay, you need to keep your skin hydrated, both inside and out. Drink plenty of water, and be sure to use a daily moisturizer. There are many to choose from, and it might take some time to find the one that is right for you. Apply it when your skin is moist for maximum effectiveness.
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.
Use a humidifier in winter to avoid dry skin. When homes and offices have the furnaces going in the cold winter months, the air inside becomes very dry and can suck the moisture right out of your skin. To combat this, use a humidifier in your home when the heater is on to replace lost moisture in the air.
Even if you are a man, you still want to have healthy, moisturized skin. Men are prone to wrinkles and fine lines caused by skin dehydration as easily as women, but this can be kept at bay if you choose to use a moisturizer. These moisturizers should include SPF protection as well to help prevent sun damage.
To help keep the skin around your eyes looking young you should use a gentle hand when applying creams or makeup. Pulling and rubbing the fragile skin around your eyes can lead to premature wrinkles. You should use a patting motion with the pads of your fingers instead of rubbing.
One of the best things you can do to slow down your skin’s aging process is to avoid or quit smoking. Smoking decreases the amount of oxygen that can get to your skin cells. It also increases the production of free radicals, which will damage the collagen in your skin.
Given the number of environmental hazards to which we subject our skin every day, it is amazing we have skin at all. Beating the environment and keeping skin healthy does require some effort, but it need not be a full time job. The tips you just read are a great starting point for a comprehensive skin care plan.