Although skin care is important, it can be hard to know how to do it properly. This article is going to go over some of the things you need to know about skin care. Take head to the advice below, and enjoy the great results.
When caring for your skin, don’t forget about the areas immediately around the eyes. These areas require special moisturizing treatments, since this skin does not produce its own oil like the rest of your face. A nightly treatment with an eye area cream can keep unsightly wrinkles from forming around the eyes.
If you have combination skin, you need to address two challenges at once. First you will want to get a handle on the oil production, usually in the “T-zone” extending across your forehead and then vertically down your nose and chin. The second, is to provide enough moisture to the dry areas of your skin, usually your cheeks. You can achieve both goals by assiduously washing with gentle cleansers that will remove excess oil, without stripping your skin completely and then making sure the dry areas of your face are adequately moisturized.
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!)
Skin care regimes differ for each skin type. Find a cleanser that works for your type, and stick with it. If you have oily or combination skin types, try gel or foaming cleansers. Normal and dry skin types should stick with cream based cleansers. Toners are optional, but do wonders for your skin. Try them out, and go from there.
It is important for men to prepare the skin on their face before shaving to avoid cuts and razor burn. Washing your face with warm water and soap prior to shaving will soften the skin and hair that is present. It will also prevent the razor from scraping against the skin.
A great skin care tip is to avoid taking really hot baths. When the water is too hot, it damages the lipid layer of the skin, which results in a loss of moisture. It’s better to stick with warm baths and to only be in the water for a short period of time.
To keep your skin healthy and supple, dial back that hot shower to a more moderate temperature. A long and steamy hot shower is great therapy for occasional muscle aches and pains. But over time, lengthy hot showers can rob natural oils from your skin, drying it out prematurely. For daily cleansing, keep the shower short and the water temperature set to comfortably warm. Afterwards, use a soft, fluffy towel to gently blot dry.
Avoid excess sugar in your diet to help prevent the signs of early aging. Excess sugar can cause your blood to produce new molecules that are called advanced glycation end-products. These molecules damage collagen in ligaments, cartilage and skin and cause a lack of elasticity, which in turn, causes the formation of wrinkles.
These steps are enough to start the healing process and they will result in a more natural,healthier appearance. Remember, what you do or don’t do for your skin today will affect its condition later in life. If you treat it right, it will look good forever.