Proper skin care is an important part of health, but it is sometimes neglected. The skin is our largest organ, and it is vulnerable to damage and disease, including cancer. It is also one of the most noticeable aspects of a person’s appearance. The advice below will help you learn to show your skin the love and care it deserves.
Stretch marks are a nuisance that many people deal with. Shea butter has shown the remarkable ability to reduce the visibility of stretch marks and in some cases, completely removes them from sight. Cocoa butter accomplishes the same task. Using these products in combination with increased sun exposure will greatly aid any stretch mark problems.
The healthiest thing you can do for your skin is to wear minimal makeup, or no makeup at all. Putting foundation on your face, day after day, coats your skin in chemicals that have to be washed off at the end of the day. Many women, in an attempt to look younger, continue to wear foundation in an unattractive way. You can often get better results only applying foundation in strategic areas so that your face breathes better. Study your face in the mirror and apply foundation only to the red or darker areas. Blend carefully and leave the rest as is. Step back and see if you don’t look better already. Better yet, take the plunge one day and try going commando with no makeup at all, or with only moisturizer and lipstick. You won’t believe how freeing it will be, or how much time you will save.
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!)
Try to bathe after exercising and try taking showers, at least twice a day. Make sure to use the body washes and soaps that work with your individual skin type. Also, make sure that you do not bathe with hot water and keep it warm or average. Bathing with hot water can strip the oil from your skin, leaving it very dry.
One great thing you can do to clear up your skin, is to get out in the sun. If you go outside, the sunlight will give your skin the vitamin D that it needs. It will also allow your skin to get fresh oxygen. Don’t stay out in the sun too long though or you will burn your skin cells.
If you want to pamper your skin on a budget, you should try an at-home facial. The steps in the process are first to cleanse, exfoliate, open your pores, and apply a mask for about 10 minutes. While the mask is on, relax and treat your eyes with either cucumber slices or freshly steeped tea bags. Finally, rinse the mask and then apply moisturizer to you skin.
By following the tips given above, you will be able to protect your skin from harm. You will see your skin remain healthy even with the effects of aging and exposure to potential damage. If you follow this simple advice, you will see that healthy, beautiful skin is within your reach.