Proper skin care might appear very complicated and involved, but if you know what you are doing, it can really be beneficial to the health of your skin. If you don’t know what you are doing, you can harm or irritate your skin. Don’t worry, the tips listed below can help you.
The skin on your lips is some of the most sensitive skin on your body. Therefore, it’s vital that you are using Chapstick and lip balms on a regular basis. You will find that your lips stay moisturized and crack less. It also provides protection from the sun as well.
To keep skin glowing, you should exfoliate your skin at least once a week. By exfoliating your skin, you will remove any dead skin cells on the surface which can cause a dull complexion. Exfoliated skin will also absorb any treatment creams or moisturizers much better, meaning that the active ingredients in your chosen skin care products will be more effective.
The suns rays are at their highest from 10am to 2pm. Avoid direct sun exposure during these hours, by wearing a sunscreen or protective clothing. The harmful rays from the sun will prematurely age your skin and make you appear older than you actually are. Reversing these affects can be difficult to do later.
If you use bath oils, it is best to apply them only after you have rinsed your skin and gently towel-dried it. Using oils in the bath water may trap cleansing ingredients on the surface of your skin, causing dehydration and irritation. By waiting until you are clean and dry, you can ensure that your skin is better prepared to absorb the nourishing properties of the oil.
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.
Taking care of your skin is easy if you follow three simple steps. Cleansing is the first step, and you should choose a cleanser made for your skin type. Next is to use a toner, which tends to shrink pores and removes any cleanser remaining on your face. The third step is to moisturize, but be sure to seal in the moisture, apply it before the toner is completely dry.
Lip balm is a great treatment for chapped lips, and you can make your own. Combine sour cream, honey and cucumber, apply to your lips and wait 15 minutes. Then rinse, and seal the moisture in with almond oil.
Using a sunscreen every day will help reduce skin damage caused by the sun. Most people will consider using sunscreen only if they are playing golf or visiting a beach. However, it is important to apply a SPF 15 sunscreen every day to protect your skin while doing anything outdoors and even on cloudy days.
If you have sensitive skin, avoid facial scrubs that feel gritty or grainy; they will only make your skin retreat in pain. Instead, wash with a gentle castile soap (Dr. Bronner’s is a quirky but reliable brand) and pat gently dry after rinsing. Your sensitive skin is very reactive to its environment and needs the gentlest of treatment. Using grainy scrubs, or especially any products containing AHAs (alpha hydroxy acids) will further aggravate your skin’s sensitivity, creating redness and irritation.
So as you can see proper skin care is not as complicated as it appears. It is involved in terms of research and changing some of your habits, but it is worth it to have healthier skin. With the above tips in mind, you should be able to work towards more beautiful, healthier skin.