The skin is the single largest organ of the human body. Caring for it is not a matter to be taken lightly. Healthy, well-treated skin is attractive and a source of self-esteem. Taking care of this great big organ is really a matter of simple little tasks – here are just a few of them.
One of the obvious points of skin care is the daily cleansing of your face and pores. If you resist this regular routine, your pores can build up and you will notice annoying blackheads beginning to appear. Simply rinsing them out nightly with warm soap and water is just enough to get the job done.
When caring for your skin, you must be sure to wash it in warm water, instead of hot or cold water. Water that is too hot or too cold, has been shown to cause damage to the skin cells. The most common type of damage from hot water is excessive dryness, while cold water can cause wrinkles.
To keep your skin looking good, you must learn how to wash properly. You don’t want to use the wrong facial wash or scrub hard, because that can just irritate your skin. Find that right product for your skin type, rub in a circular manner and rinse well with warm water.
It is okay to moisturize. Although excess oil can be the cause of acne, many acne medications overly dry out the skin and moisturizers are the best way to remedy this. Just be sure to buy face-specific moisturizers that are labeled “non-comedogenic,” which means that they will not clog your pores.
In the last few months of pregnancy and immediately after, many women suffer from unsightly broken capillaries on the face. Dab on a small amount of rose oil once or twice daily to affected areas. Rose oil reduces the redness by constricting small blood vessels just beneath the surface of the skin.
When you go outside during the summer, use a sponge applicator to put sunscreen on your face rather than your fingers. A sponge works to get the sunscreen into your skin, allowing it to work better. This will help your face to feel less greasy with the sunscreen on it.
Before going to sleep, clean up your face from any trace of make-up. Apply a moisturizer a few hours before going to bed so that it has time to penetrate your skin and will not clog your pores while you rest on your pillow. Apply lip balm and hand cream before going to bed.
Do not just mist your face. While misting your face can be a great way to replenish moisture on your skin, it is no replacement for actual moisturizer. Be sure to moisturize as well. If you are only misting your face, it can actually be completely counterproductive and simply dry out your skin.
If you are suffering from redness of the skin, avoid heat when you can, both internally and externally. Heading to the sauna will leave you with quite the red face. The heat will break capillaries in the skin which is what causes the appearance of redness. Spicy hot foods like peppers will also have the same affect.
When exfoliating, scrubbing harder is not the answer; rubbing for longer is the key. By scrubbing harder with exfoliants you can do more harm than help. With an even pressure and a lengthy scrubbing, you will strip the dead skin away without damaging new healthy cells underneath. Time yourself with a song!
Skin care is like any big job – really it is just a bunch of little jobs. The preceding tips are only some of the little jobs you can integrate into an effective skin care routine. Take advantage of the ones that feel right to you, and always be on the lookout for more little skin jobs.