Taking care of your skin is not as difficult as you may imagine it is. It is all about doing the right things so that your body takes notice. There are many tips available that can show you how to have great skin without spending a lot of money.
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!)
Whether your skin tone is light or dark, always use sunscreen on sunny days. Not only does over-exposure to sunlight cause skin cancer, it also ages your skin much faster. If you have an especially light complexion, avoid tanning too much. When you reduce your skin’s exposure to the sun, you will reduce years to your appearance.
Plain nonfat or low-fat yogurt is calcium-rich, which makes it an ideal and affordable skincare treatment. When applied to tight, dry skin, yogurt will impart a soft and silky feeling. It can also be applied to oily skin as a masque; after five minutes, rinsing off the yogurt will also remove excessive oils without stripping the skin.
Avoid the use of neon lighting in your bathroom. Neon lights damage your skin and make everything appear harsher. When putting on make up, they make you feel that you don’t have enough and you may end up going overboard. Try to set a nice, spa like mood in your bathroom by using dimmed lighting with candle wall sconces as a lighting alternative.
The use of salicylic acid as a facial peel can help with reducing the signs of aging, hyperpigmentation, and acne. It even minimizes the appearance of pores. Salicylic acid is an anti-flammatory that helps break down the protein bonds between several layers of skin. The use of the acid is effective in soothing and improving your skin.
If you are prone to under-eye circles or acne breakouts, use a mineral foundation instead of a liquid concealer. Mineral foundations make great concealers, but they will not clog up your pores or add excess oil to your skin. Mineral foundations come in a variety of tones that can be matched to any skin color.
In conclusion, there are many factors that may contribute to bad skin. It is your job to keep an eye out and figure out which one is affecting you. Once you figure that out, the rest is easy, and you can start working on making it well and keeping it that way.