Skin care is not just about beautification and cosmetic enhancement. Taking care of your skin can improve your overall health and make you feel a lot better about yourself, no matter who you are. The skin is the body’s largest organ, and neglecting it can be downright dangerous. Here are a few quick tips to help you treat your skin better:
The most important thing you can do for your skin is to use a daily sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher. A lifetime of exposure to the sun and its damaging rays can leave you with wrinkles, age spots and chronically dry skin. Using a daily moisturizer with sunscreen in it will help to keep your skin softer, smoother and less prone to wrinkles.
If you want better skin, drop the fat-free diet. Believe it or not, your skin actually benefits from eating fats. Try adding a little more fat to your diet. Stick to healthy, unsaturated fats. Foods like olive oil, almonds and fatty fish all contain unsaturated fats that will reduce dry, itchy skin.
Make sure you keep your skin clean to keep it healthy. Use a good sponge or washcloth along with warm soapy water to help remove all the built up oil from your skin. Doing this helps reduce the amount of acne you’ll see. Make sure you replace your sponge or washcloth every so often to keep bacteria and germs from building up on it.
If you don’t feel confident about how to take care of your skin, it’s worth a trip to one of the major department stores. Many reputable companies offer solid skin care lines, and the sales people will give you a free consultation about your skin type and will recommend products for you. If you choose to purchase their products, of course they will be grateful; but at the very least, you will walk away much better educated about what your skin needs, and can make smarter choices for your skin type.
Some companies make oil absorbing sheets that are great when you don’t have warm water and soap to wash your face. These can go with you on walks, workouts and any other time that you think you may need to wash your face on the spot. They fit into your pocket and can be thrown away after use.
For healthy baby skin, make sure you bathe your child everyday. If you add a manganese solution to the baby’s bath, this can help protect the umbilical cord area from infection. Also, make sure to wash your baby’s hair and scalp, at least one to two times a week, with a gentle children’s or baby shampoo.
When you’re moisturizing your face, smear some on your neck! Lines form there similar to the ones on foreheads, and a perfectly taken-care-of face accompanied by a crepey, lined neck still shows age! If you’re prone to body acne, use your facial lotion on your chest and upper back too. It’s lighter and most are listed as non-comedogenic so it won’t clog your pores.
Even a little bit of skin care can go a long way. When you pay a little bit of attention to your skin’s health, it will reward you many times over. Besides improving your overall health, taking care of your skin will keep you looking younger and healthier for years to come.