The skin is the single largest organ of the human body. Caring for it is not a matter to be taken lightly. Healthy, well-treated skin is attractive and a source of self-esteem. Taking care of this great big organ is really a matter of simple little tasks – here are just a few of them.
Try to remove caffeine from your diet or, at the very least, try to consume less of it. Caffeine acts as a diuretic in your body. It sucks the moisture from your skin, causing it to look less healthy. Over time, it can even decrease your skin’s natural elasticity.
To make sure your skin looks amazing, get enough rest. Scientific research has found that skin cells renew themselves faster while you’re sleeping. Getting a healthy amount of sleep also improves overall health, which helps prevent breakouts. Doctors often recommend that adults get seven to eight hours of sleep per night, but the proper amount of sleep varies by individual, so get to know how much sleep your skin needs to look great.
Fast food is one of the worst things that you can consume during the course of the day for your skin. Usually, this type of food is filled with fat and oil due to the poor quality and method of cooking. At night, try not to give into your cravings for fast food, if you desire healthy skin.
Plain nonfat or low-fat yogurt is calcium-rich, which makes it an ideal and affordable skincare treatment. When applied to tight, dry skin, yogurt will impart a soft and silky feeling. It can also be applied to oily skin as a masque; after five minutes, rinsing off the yogurt will also remove excessive oils without stripping the skin.
If your skin is not in the best condition, consider using vitamin E. When applied topically vitamin E can soothe dry, rough skin. When taken orally the vitamin is a powerful antioxidant that can neutralize the harmful effects of free radicals, molecules which damage collagen causing dry skin and wrinkles.
If you want to add nutrients to your skin, then use a facial serum over a moisturizer because a serum allows nutrients to get deeper into the layers of skin. If you use a moisturizer, it does not penetrate as deeply as serums can, but is designed to add moisture to hydrate your 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.
Skin care is like any big job – really it is just a bunch of little jobs. The preceding tips are only some of the little jobs you can integrate into an effective skin care routine. Take advantage of the ones that feel right to you, and always be on the lookout for more little skin jobs.