The largest organ of your body is the skin and people see that first. Therefore, you should follow a good skin care regimen that will keep you looking young, healthy, and fresh. These tips will help your skin to last you a lifetime.
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.
You need to be able to identify what kind of skin you have in order to treat it well. For example, if you have dry skin, you will notice your skin is tight and perhaps even flaky after washing. You need to avoid astringents and soaps, use cream-based cleansers whenever you can, and non-clogging moisturizers to soothe and protect.
To keep your skin healthy, don’t smoke. Smoking causes your skin to age and it can cause wrinkles on your face. When smoking it makes the blood vessels in the outer layers of skin more narrow. This decreases the blood flowing in your face and depletes the skin of oxygen and important nutrients, needed for healthy skin.
Have healthier skin by not smoking. Not only is smoking hazardous to your heath, but it can destroy your skin as well by causing it to wrinkle. What the smoke does is restrict blood flow in the blood vessels in your face, depleting your skin of much needed oxygen and nutrients. This also depletes the collagen in your skin, causing it to sag and wrinkle.
To enjoy healthy skin, control your levels of stress. Stress makes your skin more sensitive, which causes skin problems. It’s easier to have healthy skin if you aren’t stressed out.
If you have sensitive skin, avoid using cosmetics that are not natural or hypoallergenic. Many popular makeup brands contain harsh irritants, fragrances and other chemicals that can completely irritate your skin. Stick to all-natural cosmetics free of these ingredients and make sure not to mix too many brands as this can also cause a reaction.
Choose organic skin care products. These contain natural ingredients that were grown using a more sustainable form of farming than the usual old pesticide and chemical fertilizer methods of farming. Organic ingredients are better for your skin, better for your body, and better for the environment as a whole.
If you have sensitive skin, avoid facial scrubs that feel gritty or grainy; they will only make your skin retreat in pain. Instead, wash with a gentle castile soap (Dr. Bronner’s is a quirky but reliable brand) and pat gently dry after rinsing. Your sensitive skin is very reactive to its environment and needs the gentlest of treatment. Using grainy scrubs, or especially any products containing AHAs (alpha hydroxy acids) will further aggravate your skin’s sensitivity, creating redness and irritation.
As you can see, there are many things you can do to take care of your skin. Take the steps mentioned in this article to keep your skin looking and feeling healthy. By following these tips, you will be able to put your best face (arms and legs) forward, for years to come.