The skin is the outer lay of the body, and it one of the largest organs humans have. The skin has multiple layers of tissue and protects the muscles, bones and internal organs. Skin plays a huge role in protecting the body from the environmental hazards that exist. It is extremely important to take good care of your skin. Here are some tips to make sure you are taking the best care you can.
A valuable skin care tip is to avoid pricey cleansing products made with a long list of unnecessary ingredients. Because cleansers really only stay on the surface of the skin for a brief period of time, a simple product that is free of potentially irritating chemicals is more than sufficient to eradicate oil and dirt.
Reduce your alcohol consumption for great skin. While a drink or two per day is acceptable (and some studies say even beneficial), any more than this can cause more harm than good. Excess alcohol consumption can lead to your skin producing too much oil, as well as cause enlarged pores.
Many people grow up thinking having a nice dark tan is healthy and beautiful. Well, it’s not. Tanned skin is the first part of skin damage. Tanned skin also doesn’t help protect you from sunburn all that much. Tanning your skin gives you roughly an SPF protection of 2-4, much less than the minimum recommended SPF 15. It’s not worth damaging your skin when it doesn’t do all that much to protect you.
Oftentimes, skin care problems are caused by the very same products we buy to deal with other skin care issues. Do you really need to slather that heavy facial cream on every day if it ends up clogging your pores and causing chronic oiliness? If you use a heavy foundation day after day, you set yourself up for breakouts. You should be thinking long-term about what you’re putting on your face and whether it’s actually setting you up for more problems down the road.
Smoking can significantly damage your skin in many aspects. Excessive smoking can contribute to premature wrinkling of the skin due to the lack of oxygen and nutrient flow to the blood vessels. When you smoke, you are causing your blood vessels to narrow. Collagen and elastin, are two fibers that contribute to the elasticity and strength of the skin are also severely damaged while smoking.
Shaving can be very hard on your skin, so if you do so on a regular basis, be sure to minimize the damage you cause. Use shaving cream before you shave, and always use a sharp, clean razor. Shave with the hair rather than against it for the gentlest shave.
To start out your day and improve the look of your skin, try to drink a lot of water or a tasty fruit smoothie. A fruit smoothie is one of the most delicious and refreshing things that you can have, also maintaining the vitamins that you need during the day.
Dermatologists have begun to recommend a daily supplement of 1000 IU of Vitamin D3 to improve the condition of your skin. It has long been known that Vitamins A and E contribute to skin health, and now Vitamin D3 is the latest supplement to make that list. Be sure to check with your doctor first to see what your Vitamin D levels are, and then start taking a daily supplement if needed.
At the beginning of the article, you learned why it is so important to take proper care of your skin. You then were given a lot of tips on how to do so. Take skin care seriously, it is more then just keeping up appearances; skin care is vital to surviving.