Skin care is a tricky area. Some basic care is necessary for good hygiene and basic health. More advanced skin care falls into beauty treatment. And no matter how much money is spent on skin care, there always seem to be even more expensive treatments and products out there. Review these tips to pick up some basic, effective skin care knowledge.
Make sure to use plenty of sunscreen when you go outdoors. Also make sure you take the time to reapply it regularly. Tanning is actually very bad for your skin. Not only does it put you at a risk for skin cancer, it also cause your skin to wrinkle and age prematurely.
One of the best things you can do to protect your skin is to make sure you always use sunscreen when outdoors, even on a cloudy day. Sunscreen keeps the damaging UV rays produced by the sun from causing wrinkles. Many sunscreens also contain moisturizing agents, allowing them to serve two purposes at once.
Avoid scratching dry skin. Though it might itch, scratching dry skin only exacerbates the problem. Apply lotion to moisturize the area. If necessary, you can even apply anti-itch creams that are specially formulated for dry skin. Applying products containing shea butter to dry patches of skin can also do wonders.
A good tip for maintaining your skin is to quit smoking. Smoking causes lines to develop around the upper lip, eyes, forehead, and cheeks. Smokers develop more wrinkles and have much dryer skin than people that don’t smoke. Smoker’s lines are much deeper than normal wrinkles.
To properly take care of your skin, be sure to wear sunscreen with a SPF rating of at least 15 when exposed to sunlight for a long amount of time. Doing so will help to prevent UV rays from penetrating your skin causing burns, cancer, and premature wrinkling. While sunlight does provide vitamin D, exposure needs to be in moderation.
To keep your skin looking young and healthy, it is important to carefully protect your skin against the sun’s harmful UVB rays. Wearing sunscreen with the proper SPF (Sun Protection Factor) can greatly prolong the time it will take your skin to burn. Sunscreen isn’t just for the beach and summertime; using sunscreen throughout the year on your face can help reduce the risk of sun damage.
If you are taking a bath instead of a shower, do not stay in the tub too long. The longer your body is submerged in water, the faster it will dry out, which will strip your body of the oils that it needs for optimal health. 10-15 minutes is the optimal time for a bath.
Most salon and spa supply stores carry affordable alum blocks, which are small bricks of alum and potassium phosphate that retail for less than five dollars. Use this handy substance as an all-natural underarm deodorant, remedy for small cuts and nicks, or even as an overnight treatment for minor acne blemishes.
You get as much out of skin care as you put into it. That applies not just to money – it applies less to money than any other factor, maybe – but to time and research. There are plenty more tips and tricks like these out there, just waiting for you to learn.