No matter how old you are, proper skin care is important. If you are still in your teens or twenties, starting a skin care regimen now can prevent your skin from developing problems as you grow older. If you’re over 30, you might have visible signs of aging on your skin, which means you should focus on removing them. Regardless of your skin type, these tips will be a benefit.
If you want healthy skin, don’t smoke. Think of your skin as just another organ – a very large organ – but an organ nonetheless. Every organ in your body needs proper circulation to stay healthy. By smoking you restrict this circulation, leading to poor organ health. Instead of your organs getting a fresh supply of oxygen laden blood, they’re getting toxins and poisons.
One of the most damaging things to human skin is the sun. The sun emits ultraviolet rays that can cause further damage to skin that is already experiencing acne trouble, increasing redness and inflammation. Be sure to wear a sunscreen lotion with an SPF of at least 15 and has the ability to block UVA and UVB rays. Apply to the skin before entering the sun (at least 20 minutes in advance). Before applying, make sure the screen isn’t acne sensitive.
Sunburn is bad for the skin and is just as bad for your lips. If your lips get really chapped use an old toothbrush to gently scrape the old skin away. It will smooth your lips and leave them looking smooth again much faster than letting them heal on their own or just using chapstick.
Try creating a dry flax seed mask at home to use on your dry skin. Put a teaspoon of flax seed in a bowl and add a glass of water to it. Heat it to make it thick. Apply your toner to your face first. After that, use a cotton bud and apply it to your face; leave it on for at least twenty minutes. Wash off using toner.
Sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen. Sun exposure is the number one cause of aging of the skin, and it’s a shame because it’s so easy to prevent. Slather on the sunscreen as soon as you step out of the shower to help it really soak in, put some more on visible areas on your lunch break, and then again when you get home, in that little half-minute break before you get out of the car to go inside. Make sure to refresh throughout the day, because sunscreen wears off. (If you pick a sunscreen that’s also a moisturizer, that’s another bonus!)
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.
It’s important for everyone to take care of their skin. Though there is an investment of energy involved, but the payoff will be rewarding. Remember everything you’ve learned as you develop your own regimen.