Many people suffer from skin problems and are looking for advice on how to better care for their skin. If you’re one of those people, then you’ve come to the right place. Below are a few tips and tricks to help you care for your skin and clear up any problems.
Dry skin is a problem for many people, especially during the winter months. To keep skin moisturized, avoid hot water, as this will dry out your skin even further. When taking showers, or washing your face and hands, always use lukewarm water. And remember to apply moisturizer liberally, while the skin is still slightly damp.
Do not use much makeup. Makeup, especially powder-based foundations, will clog pores. This can make the acne you suffer with even worse. Sometimes make-up can cause infections if used on acne. Keep your skin clean and fresh and makeup-free until your acne clears up. Heavy liquid toners and concealers should not be used to cover up blemishes.
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 is an important tool for great skin. If you are one of the many people who avoid this step in skin care because of the greasy look and feel of sunscreen, using a sponge to apply it might make it a little easier. When you apply sunscreen with a sponge, it absorbs into your skin faster instead of sitting on the surface.
If you go outside a lot during the summer months, try putting the sunscreen on your face with an applicator. The sponge helps your skin to absorb the sunscreen better. Additionally, you can avoid the annoyingly sticky or greasy feeling you may get from sunscreen applied too thickly to your face.
In the cold months you should use a humidifier, especially if you have central heat. Central heating systems push out hot, dry air through out the building. This air can damage and dry out your skin. Using a humidifier can add moisture in the air, help you breathe better, and keep your skin from drying out.
If you are using a prescription product to manage your skin care, be sure to use it as directed. While you might be able to get away with using more than the recommended amount of an over-the-counter remedy, a prescription is much stronger. Use it as directed, give it time to work, and let your doctor know of any problems.
Don’t pass up on using sunscreen just because it’s wintertime. Your skin can be just as damaged from a bright but cold December day, as it could on the beach in August. This is even more true if there is snow on the ground, as the glare can reflect even more UV radiation onto your face.
Choose a shade of foundation that matches your skin tone for the best results. People with fair skin will benefit most from a pink or beige foundation, while olive skin tones need beige, green, or yellow-based foundations. People with medium skin tones, such as Latinas, should use neutral, gold, or earth-toned foundations. Brighter foundation colors will complement and brighten darker colored skin.
The tips in this article are only a few of the things you can be doing to care for your skin. If these are things that you are already doing, then congratulations, because you are on the right track. If these tips don’t help, don’t give up! There is plenty of other advice out there.