Your complexion can be a fickle thing. One day your skin may be clear and smooth, and the next it may not. Worse still, after a lifetime of ideal skin, you could find yourself in the middle of an uphill battle trying to get back what you have lost! Don’t lose heart! Here are some tips to improve and keep your skin looking its best!
Another great at-home face mask that you can use for skin care is a oatmeal, yogurt and honey. Warm a few drops of honey, mix with one tbsp yogurt and one tbsp oatmeal. Mix well in a bowl. Apply and leave on for 10 minutes than rinse off with warm water.
Take care of your lips, as they are very sensitive almost all of the time. You should use Chapstick and lip balms. You will find that your lips stay moisturized and crack less. It also provides protection from the sun as well.
For clear skin, do more laundry — specifically, wash your bed linens. The oils and dirt from your skin are transferred to your pillow case while you sleep, so regularly washing your bed linens, especially your pillow case, prevents you from putting dirt and oil back on your skin every time you go to bed. Wash your pillow case every other day and your bed sheets at least once a week.
Eat a healthy diet for healthy skin. A diet loaded with healthy foods such as fruit, whole grains, lean proteins and vegetables, will help you and your skin to stay healthy. Research shows that your skin looks younger when you eat a low fat diet, rich in vitamin C.
You need to control your stress levels to maintain healthy skin. Excessive exposure to stressful situations can cause your complexion to breakout, or become increasingly sensitive. If you manage the stress levels in your life, your are giving your skin the opportunity to glow.
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.
One of the best things you can do to slow down your skin’s aging process is to avoid or quit smoking. Smoking decreases the amount of oxygen that can get to your skin cells. It also increases the production of free radicals, which will damage the collagen in your skin.
Your face is not the only indicator of your age. Do not forget about your neck and hands! Keep the skin on your neck and hands youthful by exfoliating them once a week and moisturizing them with an SPF of at least 25 every day. Exfoliation will help increase cell turnover and the SPF will help prevent dark spots.
When buying skin care products, always read the label carefully. The fewer the number of ingredients in the product, the healthier it is for your skin. Products that have more natural ingredients instead of pharmaceuticals and chemicals are less likely to cause allergic reactions, unwanted irritation, or other rebound effects.
If you have combination skin, you will want to choose a moisturizer that is water-based. This type of moisturizer will provide you with the added hydration your dry skin needs, without overdoing it on your oily skin. Apply often when your skin appears dry and less often when it is oily.
Now that you have the intel on how to fight the battle for ideal skin, apply what you know. Skin care all comes down to proper maintenance and good daily habits. Keep that up, and not only will your skin’s condition improve, it will stay that way!