Having great skin comes from a lifetime of proper care and treatment. Even if you haven’t always been good to your skin, there is no reason not to start now. You can undo the damage and have the beautiful skin you’ve always wanted. This article will show you how.
If you feel you must absolutely maintain a tan, seriously consider synthetic alternatives. Using bronzers are much better for your skin in the long run. Don’t be ashamed to get your tan out of the bottle. Avoiding sunlight will prevent signs of aging and protect you from skin cancer.
One important part of skin care is to recognize your skin’s lifestage, and treat it accordingly. Do you have very young skin? It will be much oilier and more elastic, responding to oil-free treatments. If your skin is over 40, you need to take a gentler approach. If you recognize that you need to deal with both oiliness and dryness, use a combination of gentle soaps and moisturizer.
One great way to refresh your skin, especially in the summer, is to use a cotton ball soaked in witch hazel. Witch hazel is a mild herbal-based toner, low in alcohol. It will deal with the oiliness that builds up on your face on a hot summer day, but not in a drying way, and will leave your face feeling cool and refreshed
Should you use a toner after you wash your face? The recommendations are split. A toner’s job is to remove oil, makeup and dirt that is left over after cleaning your face. The fact is, a good cleaner should clean your face well enough that it does not leave behind any traces. cleanser should do this.
If you have oily skin, you should exfoliate regularly. Don’t do this though, if you have any breakouts as it could irritate them. Depending on your skin’s needs and the amount of oil it produces, you can do this anywhere from one to three times a week. Check with your dermatologist to see what will work best for you.
When using skin care products that excessively dry out your skin, such as salicylic acid, be sure to also use a moisturizer after each application. Drying out your skin can make your skin even more vulnerable to breakouts and blemishes. Using a moisturizer, along with your other skincare products, will give you the benefits of the products without the dry skin.
When it comes to fun in the sun with your baby, remember that less is more. Babies’ skin is thin and delicate, and cannot take either long exposure to the sun or harsh sunblocks. There are brands of baby-friendly sunscreen available, but the safest bet is put a very large hat on your baby and/or buy one of those “baby shelters” you can take to the beach or pool, so they will have place to keep cool and not get burned.
Going forward from here, you now have the tools to treat your skin the way it needs to be treated. If you are good to your skin, it will be good to you. You can start the process of undoing the damage and maintaining the gorgeous skin that you have been dreaming of.