Skin care is a tricky area. Some basic care is necessary for good hygiene and basic health. More advanced skin care falls into beauty treatment. And no matter how much money is spent on skin care, there always seem to be even more expensive treatments and products out there. Review these tips to pick up some basic, effective skin care knowledge.
Give yourself a spa day, every now and then. Not only will a facial, mud mask or detoxifying body scrub, help you release stress which is good for your skin, it will also give it a day of pampering. Try to save up each quarter and make it a special occasion.
If you want your skin to be healthier, warm up your lotion before you put it on. If it is warm, the skin will take it in faster. To warm simply place a small amount in the microwave and heat for a few seconds. Another way to achieve the same results is to just place it into a container that has been filled with warm water, which will eventually cause the moisturizer warm up as well.
Sometimes colorless bumps, called keratosis pilaris, can form on the back of your arms. To help prevent these from forming, use a lotion that contains lactic acid twice a day. Every time you take a shower, make sure that you scrub the affected area with a loofa for at least thirty seconds. These steps help unclog the pores and smooth the bumps.
Soothe and condition your skin with jasmine. While most people are aware of the pleasant scent of the jasmine flower, many are unaware that it is also beneficial to your skin. Jasmine extract is full of antioxidants which condition the skin and give your face a healthy glow. Look for products that contain actual jasmine oil, and are not just scented.
Exfoliate longer, not harder. You should never scrub when using an exfoliant, as these cleansers are made to work without pressure. Doing so can actually damage your skin. Instead, use very gentle pressure, and if you feel the need for extra exfoliation, cleanse for a longer period of time with constant, gentle pressure.
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.
Be sure to include plenty of “good” oils in your diet to keep your skin, hair and nails moisturized. Use olive oil in salad dressings. Take flax seed oil and fish oil in capsule form. Use sunflower oil or peanut oil in cooking. All of these oils are healthful and help keep your skin nourished.
If you want a healthy glow to your skin, eat more fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables are loaded with vitamin C, which is beneficial in building up your skin’s collagen. Eating more fruits and vegetables will improve your skin tone. They will also improve your skin’s circulation, which will give you that coveted healthy glow.
Is your medicine cabinet overflowing with serums and products? Make sure you are applying them in the right order so you get the best treatment for your face. Apply the most important product first, and your skin will absorb it the most. If you’re fighting acne, put your benzoyl peroxide cream on first. If you are fighting dark spots, apply fading cream before any other product.
You get as much out of skin care as you put into it. That applies not just to money – it applies less to money than any other factor, maybe – but to time and research. There are plenty more tips and tricks like these out there, just waiting for you to learn.