Taking measures to prevent skin problems before they occur is always the best course of action you can take. Even so, sometimes things can get a little out of hand. In that case, it is best to be armed with a few additional tips. Don’t just know how to keep your skin looking healthy, know what to do when something goes wrong.
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.
Razor bumps are the bane of many men’s workdays. To avoid razor bumps when shaving, you need to use the proper razor. Amazingly, more blades does not always mean a better shave; the recent introduction of 4 and 5 blade razors have actually caused more razor bumps than those that are only double or triple-bladed. Try a high-quality double-bladed razor, preferably one with a disposable head, and you will see that you will wind up with a smoother face.
When using skin care products that excessively dry out your skin, such as salicylic acid, be sure to also use a moisturizer after each application. Drying out your skin can make your skin even more vulnerable to breakouts and blemishes. Using a moisturizer, along with your other skincare products, will give you the benefits of the products without the dry skin.
When you start to wear eye cream at night, be sure you know how to apply it properly. Do not roughly rub it on your skin. Instead, line a few dots of the cream under your eyes and on the eye lids. Gently pat the area around your eyes with the pads of your fingers until the cream blends in with your skin.
Many people grow up thinking having a nice dark tan is healthy and beautiful. Well, it’s not. Tanned skin is the first part of skin damage. Tanned skin also doesn’t help protect you from sunburn all that much. Tanning your skin gives you roughly an SPF protection of 2-4, much less than the minimum recommended SPF 15. It’s not worth damaging your skin when it doesn’t do all that much to protect you.
Use sunscreen everyday. Apply sunscreen to all exposed skin at least 30 minutes prior to going outside. In addition to cosmetic problems like age spots, freckles and wrinkles, prolonged sun exposure over the course of your life can also cause life-threatening skin cancer. Use sun protection even in winter and on overcast days.
If you have facial blemishes, one of the things you can do is to make sure you dry your face with a clean towel. Otherwise, you’ll be transferring all of the dirt and germs from the used towel onto your clean face, filling your pores up with bacteria! If you use a washcloth, it too, needs to be as fresh as possible.
Those were just some of the many methods out there for keeping your skin looking great. When your skin is not looking ideal, try not to just shrug it off. You can always do something about it. Remember that for nearly every skin problem, there is almost always a solution.