Depending on what concerns you the most about your skin and skin care, this article will address the most common problems men and women alike face daily. Is dry skin an issue or maybe rough patches that you are not sure of the cause? Read on to find solutions to your particular concerns before you contact a dermatologist.
Cleaning dishes and cooking equipment is something everyone does and the dish soap can very easily dry out your hands. Selecting a dish soap with a moisturizing solution or keeping a bottle of moisturizer near your kitchen sink can solve the problem completely. Using gloves while washing dishes also works.
Try not to overdo it with long hot baths and showers. The steamy, warm environment strips your skin of essential oils. This causes unattractive, flaky, dry skin that will have a hard time holding an moisture. Try to use warm instead of hot water and try bathing for shorter periods of time.
Avoid excessive eating of chocolate to ensure optimal skin. Most chocolate can cause acne when eaten in too large of quantities, causing the body (primarily the face) to overproduce oil. Some chocolate is fine to eat, but only eat the suggested serving size of the chocolate product you are consuming.
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!)
Hair removal often comes with an unwanted result: ingrown hairs. After you wax or shave, exfoliate the area with a loofa or an over-the-counter scrub each time you take a shower. Make sure to scrub the skin for at least thirty seconds. Moisturize with aloe vera gel afterward. This will prevent ingrown hairs from forming.
To alleviate dry skin, don’t mist your skin with only water. When you mist water onto your skin, it evaporates right away, which can lead to more dryness, not less. Follow your water mist with a light, non-oily moisturizer, or use a glycerin-based mist in the place of the water bottle.
Shaving your legs and bikini line can leave unsightly bumps on your skin. After shaving, quickly run cold water over your legs to close the pores and liberally moisturize after. Without proper care, your legs will appear red and bumpy with infected hair follicles. Another great way to take preventative care is to use body oil instead of moisturizer after you’re done shaving.
As was stated in the article, skin care is a common topic with both men and women. Suggestions were given as to what could be the cause of your particular issue. If the suggestions within left you scratching your head (or skin), maybe it would be wise to see a dermatologist to determine what solution would be best for you.