Skin care is often overlooked, and as we age the lack of skin care we showed during our youth presents itself. Don’t be amongst those who have to regret not caring for your skin when you get older. Read this article and it will give you some good ideas on how to take care of your skin.
When washing or exfoliating your skin, be careful not to be too harsh. If you rub your skin too hard or use an overly harsh exfoliant, you can cause damage to the skin cells. Using overly harsh chemical or exfoliants that scratch the skin, can actually do more harm than not washing at all.
Don’t be afraid to shop around for the right skin care products. All skin is different, and there are hundreds of products out there to choose from. There is no need to immediately shop for the pricier products. Start with something cheap from your local drug store. If it works, great! If not, keep experimenting.
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.
Keep stress levels under control. Elevated stress levels can cause skin to become more sensitive and also initiate breakouts. Not to mention the wrinkles caused by constantly having a furrowed brow and clenched teeth! Try yoga or meditation to manage stress or just relax and take time out to do something you love.
Try keeping your skin care regime simple. You can have a great complexion just by washing your face with warm water every day and applying face cream afterwards. Simplicity can be the key here, especially if you have very sensitive and fair skin. If you choose to use a face cream, make sure that it is hypoallergenic and fragrance free.
If you have sensitive skin and want to prevent irritation when cleansing, use warm water to wash the face. Too cold, and your pores slam shut, trapping the very dirt and bacteria you are trying to wash away. Too hot, and your skin will become dehydrated, red, and itchy. Warm water allows you to clean your entire face without excessive irritation.
If you have extremely sensitive skin and you live in a very hot, dry climate, avoid washing your face with plain water. Many people find that in very dry weather, water washes will actually dry your skin out further. Replace it with a gentle cleanser specifically designed for sensitive skin.
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.
Skin care is actually really simple, and none of the aforementioned tips really take that long at all. In fact it takes longer to destroy your skin by things like sitting in tanning beds! If you are worried about looking good when you get older then follow this advice, and you will be well on your way.