Youthful, healthy-looking skin is the result of proper care. Following a good skin care routine now will provide you with many benefits later. Failing to follow a skin care regimen not only hurts your looks, but also your health.
Cut down on fatty and sugary foods. Fried foods and foods high in sugar may taste good, but they wreak havoc on your face. Eliminate them from your diet as much as possible, and that includes soft drinks. Replace those junk foods with healthier alternatives (for example, eat yogurt instead of ice cream) and watch your skin improve.
For healthy skin, get more vitamin D. This vitamin acts like a hormone within our bodies and is essential to a very large number of body functions, including those that regulate the immune system and heal pimples. Many people don’t get enough vitamin D in their diets, so getting outside and getting sunlight so the body can produce its own vitamin D is an easy and important way to get more. You can also eat salmon, shrimp, sardines, cod, eggs or shiitake mushrooms for more vitamin D.
To avoid getting a rash if you’ve been exposed to poison oak or ivy, you need to act immediately. It takes ten minutes for the invisible oil to bind to your skin. If you can thoroughly wash the area with lots of running water within that time, you can probably avoid the rash. You can use dishwashing liquid to help break up the oil.
Sunscreen is an important tool for great skin. If you are one of the many people who avoid this step in skin care because of the greasy look and feel of sunscreen, using a sponge to apply it might make it a little easier. When you apply sunscreen with a sponge, it absorbs into your skin faster instead of sitting on the surface.
If you are going to be outside for a long period of time, you should spray your hair with a sunscreen spray to protect your hair and scalp from the sun’s damaging rays. Sunscreen spray will prevent your hair color from fading and will protect your scalp from sun damage.
A wonderful and inexpensive facial mask for your skin can be made with warmed honey and a small amount of lemon juice. Stir in enough juice so that the honey is still thick enough to spread. Spread on your face (avoiding the eye area). Wash off gently after it dries. Honey has fantastic skin-softening qualities and the lemon will brighten your skin.
In general, if your skin isn’t complaining, use as few products on it as possible. And those you do choose should be suited to your skin type and should never irritate. Many people with perfectly happy skin have created their own problems by purchasing a “line” of products, each with a specific purpose, when in fact they would be better served by keeping it plain and simple.
No matter what skin care regiment you begin, you must make sure that you are gentle with your skin. If you pick at your pimples or buy into crazy skin remedies, you can permanently damage your skin, effectively causing more damage to your skin, in the end.
Pay attention to the age and expiration dates on any old skin care products you may have. Sunscreen, for example, expires about three years after it is manufactured. This means that the product no longer has the same effectiveness as it did when it was new. The product is probably not dangerous, but it’s not going to work, either.
You can worry a little less about skin conditions and enjoy your healthy skin a little more once you start employing tips like those above. If you are kind to your body it will be kind back to you.