Why should you implement a comprehensive skin care routine? For one, a skin care routine personalized to your specific needs can help ward off blemishes, leaving you with glowing and healthy skin. Additionally, proper skin care can slow the aging process. This article will outline some tried and true skin care tips for you to try with your daily routine.
When washing or exfoliating your skin, be careful not to be too harsh. If you rub your skin too hard or use an overly harsh exfoliant, you can cause damage to the skin cells. Using overly harsh chemical or exfoliants that scratch the skin, can actually do more harm than not washing at all.
If you have severely dry skin on your hands, it can and should be treated with an antibiotic cream, like you would use on cuts and scrapes. In many cases, extremely dry skin crack open and bleeds. If these cuts are ignored they can become worse – leading to scarring or even an infection. Care for them early by applying an antibiotic cream before applying moisturizer.
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.
One of the most damaging things to human skin is the sun. The sun emits ultraviolet rays that can cause further damage to skin that is already experiencing acne trouble, increasing redness and inflammation. Be sure to wear a sunscreen lotion with an SPF of at least 15 and has the ability to block UVA and UVB rays. Apply to the skin before entering the sun (at least 20 minutes in advance). Before applying, make sure the screen isn’t acne sensitive.
Apple cider vinegar can be a natural, and effective, treatment for acne. Use half apple cider vinegar and half water as your toner daily to help your skin maintain the proper pH balance. A proper pH is essential in keeping skin healthy and preventing acne break outs.
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!)
As you can see, optimizing your skin care routine is simpler than it looks. A fine-tuned skin care routine can revive your skin and make you look younger. Furthermore, better skin care means you can ditch your foundation for a more natural look that won’t clog your pores. Consider the tips contained above in your search for the perfect routine!