Skin care is not just about beautification and cosmetic enhancement. Taking care of your skin can improve your overall health and make you feel a lot better about yourself, no matter who you are. The skin is the body’s largest organ, and neglecting it can be downright dangerous. Here are a few quick tips to help you treat your skin better:
You should limit the amount of sun exposure you get each day. If you’re going to be out in the sun for a prolonged period of time make sure you wear some type of protection. Prolonged sun exposure can lead to a variety of problems like premature wrinkles, sun burn, freckles, and even skin cancer.
Make your own mask to help with breakouts. After you wash your face use a raw egg-white and spread it all over your face. The egg-white will dry and tighten on your face. It will clean out your pores and help close them up. You can also use clay-dirt as a mask.
Make sure to drink lots and lots of water. While we all know this is good for health and nutrition, many who have great skin also swear it as their secret to a great complexion. Keeping your skin hydrated is one of the many things that dermatologists will tell you are in the ten commandments of skin care.
If you have combination skin, you need to address two challenges at once. First you will want to get a handle on the oil production, usually in the “T-zone” extending across your forehead and then vertically down your nose and chin. The second, is to provide enough moisture to the dry areas of your skin, usually your cheeks. You can achieve both goals by assiduously washing with gentle cleansers that will remove excess oil, without stripping your skin completely and then making sure the dry areas of your face are adequately moisturized.
Much is made of the petite jars of eye-related skin care products. Eye cream is a great example. However, next time you are at the department store cosmetic counter, feel free to walk right by the eye cream. Eye cream is nothing more than moisturizer with a slightly different consistency: ingredient comparisons show that they are basically the same. And unlike moisturizers, eye creams usually have no sun protection factor, which means the skin under your eyes is burning while everywhere else is protected.
When you’re moisturizing your face, smear some on your neck! Lines form there similar to the ones on foreheads, and a perfectly taken-care-of face accompanied by a crepey, lined neck still shows age! If you’re prone to body acne, use your facial lotion on your chest and upper back too. It’s lighter and most are listed as non-comedogenic so it won’t clog your pores.
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.
To help keep the skin around your eyes looking young you should use a gentle hand when applying creams or makeup. Pulling and rubbing the fragile skin around your eyes can lead to premature wrinkles. You should use a patting motion with the pads of your fingers instead of rubbing.
Even a little bit of skin care can go a long way. When you pay a little bit of attention to your skin’s health, it will reward you many times over. Besides improving your overall health, taking care of your skin will keep you looking younger and healthier for years to come.