6 Regular Skin Care Tips
If your skin is not healthy, it will be reflected in your complexion. Skin only needs a handful of simple, inexpensive “treatments” to get and stay healthy and healthy-looking. Even skin is a living organ and requires all the nutrients like all other organs.
Healthy skin has to be clean.
Cleansing is the most basic element of any skin-care routine. a facial cleanser should always be soap-free. Cleansing removes excess dirt, pollutants and pore-clogging oil. Cleansing also prepares the skin for any subsequent products you’ll be using, so active ingredients (like vitamins or sunscreen) can penetrate and be most effective. And you should pick the products according to your skin type.
Whichever cleanser is right for you, be sure to massage it into your face for at least 20 seconds so it has a chance to do its job.
2. Sun Protection
Skin that’s left naked in the sun ends up more discolored and wrinkled and less elastic than skin that has been steadily shielded from UV radiation. Always wear a moisturized sunscreen when outdoors, winter and summer. The sun’s rays can burn you even if the air feels cool. Apply it at least 20 minutes before you’re going to be in the sun. That way, the active ingredients have time to take effect before the UV exposure begins.
Exfoliating scrubs remove dead skin cells from the epidermis, leaving more room for living skin cells to move up from the dermis, the layer underneath. This can leave the skin looking brighter and smoother. However, exfoliation should be used sparingly. It can harm dry or sensitive skin and should probably be avoided in those types. And even oily complexions shouldn’t be exfoliated more than a couple of times a week
They’re found in all sorts of foods, including fruits, vegetables, seafood and oils.
While many different antioxidants can be beneficial to the skin, two in particular get lots of attention:
Vitamin C : helps to achieve plump, tight skin . it is found in whole grains, apples and citrous foods.
Vitamin E: Protects cell membranes and “boosts” skin-based nutrients that fight off UV damage. Find it in wheat germ oil, almonds, and peanut butter.
Zinc is also very good for skin.
5. Essential Fatty Acids
Without EFAs, skin-cell membranes and that overall protective barrier can’t work effectively. The skin ends up overly exposed, dehydrated and prone to produce a more harmful type of sebum, leaving it dry, inflamed and blemished.
The EFAs you need to keep your skin looking great are primarily omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.
Omega-6 is found in tons of foods, including poultry, grains and cooking oils, so you’re probably getting plenty of that.
Omega-3s are somewhat harder to come by; you’ll find those in cold-water fish, like salmon and sardines, along with flaxseed and safflower oils, kidney beans, walnuts and spinach.
Water flushes toxins out of the body, allows our cells to absorb nutrients, and keeps our digestive processes moving smoothly. The skin is no different from the rest of the body when it comes to needing hydration. Water helps to remove impurities from the skin that can lead to pimples, and it hydrates to keep the skin looking plump and smooth.
To keep the skin hydrated, you should drink at least 2-3 liters of water each day.
A Few Quick Tips
- Always remove your makeup before going to bed.
- If you usually wear makeup, give your skin a chance to breathe one day a week by going without.
- No matter what your skin type is, use a protective sunscreen when you are in the sun; don’t expose your skin for more than 15 minutes.
- Repair cracked and chapped feet or hands by covering them with a thin layer of petroleum jelly, then wearing cotton socks or gloves while you sleep.