There are many skin care myths on the web and in magazines. To properly care for your skin, you must disregard quick-fix treatments or cures and get back to a basic, healthy skin care routine. The following tips can help you find the best skin care practices.
Eat a healthy diet for healthy skin. A diet loaded with healthy foods such as fruit, whole grains, lean proteins and vegetables, will help you and your skin to stay healthy. Research shows that your skin looks younger when you eat a low fat diet, rich in vitamin C.
If at all possible, find moisturizers without added scents and chemicals. One ingredient that is quite prevalent in commercial creams and lotions is alcohol, which is very drying for the skin. Therefore, ensure that you carefully read the list of ingredients in any products you’re considering buying. If you happen to see alcohol or perfumes on the list, put it back on the shelf.
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.
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.
Keep stress levels under control. Elevated stress levels can cause skin to become more sensitive and also initiate breakouts. Not to mention the wrinkles caused by constantly having a furrowed brow and clenched teeth! Try yoga or meditation to manage stress or just relax and take time out to do something you love.
A great skin care tip is to avoid leaving on wet socks or gloves for a long period of time. Keeping wet socks or gloves on can bother your skin, and even cause sores. When you get home, immediately take your wet socks and gloves off so you can maintain healthy skin.
Exfoliate your skin longer, not harder. Many people often exfoliate too much or not enough. To maintain a healthy balance between the two, just exfoliate your skin longer. Be sure not to scrub too hard. Scrubbing too hard can damage your skin. It can cause small abrasions and considerable redness.
If you have dry skin, and need an intense, or deep moisturizing treatment, use vitamin E or aloe vera oil. You can find it as a liquid, or you can just break open a capsule and apply directly to your face. This works great on under eye areas where sagging and wrinkles appear first.
Always test out skin care products before you apply them to your face. Oftentimes people apply them only to find out later that they are heavily allergic to something. Take a small sample and put some of the product on a small area of your face or the back of your wrist for testing. If you’re allergic to something, you will find out within minutes as your skin turns red or itches.
You don’t have to buy expensive products or go to extremes in order to get flawless-looking skin. In reality, if you know how to treat your skin properly and take good care of it, you will be rewarded with the best complexion possible. By using the advice in this article, you can have a healthy and clear complexion.