Looking after your skin is very important, as skin is the human body’s main defense against infection. Unfortunately, skin care regimens can get complicated, expensive and time consuming. Luckily, this article contains some of the best skin care tips around, so you have no excuse for not looking after your skin.
Make sure to use plenty of sunscreen when you go outdoors. Also make sure you take the time to reapply it regularly. Tanning is actually very bad for your skin. Not only does it put you at a risk for skin cancer, it also cause your skin to wrinkle and age prematurely.
You need to be able to identify what kind of skin you have in order to treat it well. For example, if you have dry skin, you will notice your skin is tight and perhaps even flaky after washing. You need to avoid astringents and soaps, use cream-based cleansers whenever you can, and non-clogging moisturizers to soothe and protect.
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.
Sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen. Sun exposure is the number one cause of aging of the skin, and it’s a shame because it’s so easy to prevent. Slather on the sunscreen as soon as you step out of the shower to help it really soak in, put some more on visible areas on your lunch break, and then again when you get home, in that little half-minute break before you get out of the car to go inside. Make sure to refresh throughout the day, because sunscreen wears off. (If you pick a sunscreen that’s also a moisturizer, that’s another bonus!)
After spending the day out in the snow, it’s tempting to go inside for a nice hot bath, but you should avoid having the water too hot. Intense heat from a bath or shower, can break down the lipid barriers in your skin. If your skin has already become dry and itchy, try a lukewarm bath with baking soda or oatmeal, to help to relieve your skin.
You should keep your skin care products in a cold environment, especially in the summer time. When you apply warm products on your skin, your face might get flushed, and your warm skin is an ideal environment for the bacterias that were on your fingertips to thrive. With cold products, you reduce the flushing and keep bacterias from spreading.
Don’t make your skin care purchase decisions based on status. The beauty industry goes out of its way to confer status on expensive creams, lotions, and the like. But you need to find products that work for YOUR skin and don’t break the bank. If that $25.00 bar of soap works as well for you as your $1.50 bar of soap, and no one knows what’s in your bathroom vanity at home, why spend the money?
As mentioned at the beginning of this article, skin care is very important. Hopefully, after reading all of the tips presented above, you will have all the knowledge necessary to keep your skin in the best condition possible. So, start applying the advice from this article today and look forward to having great skin in the near future and beyond.