Having healthier-looking skin makes us feel younger and more confident. In fact, the health of your skin reflects you as an individual. However, it is not always easy to know how to take care of your skin. It doesn’t have to be that way anymore. Below you will find 6 easy ways on how to effectively look after your skin, so you can keep looking younger, confident and feel good.
Develop A Skin Care Routine
As we get older, our skin needs more attention and care. So it is important to develop a skincare routine. You should cleanse, tone and moisturize your skin at least twice a day. Do this in the morning and at night just before bedtime to get rid of the sweat and dead cell residues you amassed through the day.
As you treat your skin before bedtime, it gives it time to heal, rest and absorb the regimen through the night as you sleep. You should also remember to wash off your make up before cleansing at night. Never go to bed without washing off your make up. Use a non-alcohol make up remover for better results. Failure to clean your face will lead to the accumulation of dirt and bacteria, increased pore size, oilier skin, and acne.
You should also gently exfoliate your face at least once a week. Resist from scrubbing your face, especially when its dry and flake, because you will only make it worse. Look for exfoliants with gentle ingredients such as AHA (alpha hydroxyl acids) found in natural fruit acids. This helps to gently remove dead skin cells and dirt without having to irritate your skin.
Before you pick the ideal products for your skincare routine, you should know your skin type. You either have normal, dry, oily or combination skin. Knowing your skin type helps you buy products that can actually get you positive results. You don’t want to use oily products on oily skin or citrusy products on dry skin.
Sometimes, when you are on a budget, you may resort to home hacks and opt to DIY your skin products. Don’t overdo it. If you are very new at this, avoid products such as lemon juice, baking soda, garlic, toothpaste, and sugar.
Also, making sure to use perfume that doesn’t dry out the skin.
Although in moderated levels, they are effective, they can also cause damage to your skin. Baking soda, for example, raises your skin pH thus, making you more susceptible to bacteria. You can opt for items such as avocado and cucumbers, yet you have to know your skin type before application.
Choose The Right Environment
This applies both internally and externally. You want to avoid areas and chemicals that can affect your skin. This includes densely polluted areas as well as chemicals such as artificial fragrances. These elements are especially prevalent in causing skin irritation and long term effects.
You should avoid smoking and excessive drinking if you want your skin to look good. Smoking and excessive drinking make your skin look old and enhances the formation of wrinkles. Smoking narrows down your blood vessels thus, decreasing blow floor. This makes your skin look plan whilst decreasing oxygen supply and nutrients to the skin.
With the frequent squinting of your eyes to protect them from the cigarette smoke, you are also stressing your facial skin which makes it wrinkle. Alcohol on the other end dehydrates your skin, which also leads to dry and wrinkled skin.
Instead, increase your intake of antioxidants. Eat fruits and berries such as pomegranate and blueberries as well as other food items such as green tea and broccoli. These are excellent sources of antioxidants. Antioxidants help to neutralize free radicals whilst fueling your body for effective biochemical interactions.
It is recommended you drink at least 3 liters of water a day. Take this recommendation seriously and you will see the results. Water is essential to our bodies. It helps to enhance biochemical activities in our bodies thus, making them work more effectively. It also helps to flush out toxins leaving us with cleaner bodies and skin. If water is a little too bland for you, add natural flavors such as lemon or orange wedges to flavor it.
Avoid The sun
Prolonged exposure to the sun is your skin’s greatest enemy. Exposure to the sun can cause wrinkles, aging spots and even increase the risks of cancer. Thus, you must take the necessary steps to protect your skin at all times. Always wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF15.
You can layer it underneath your primer and makeup during the day. And on days where you spend a lot of time in the outdoors, carry a tube of sunscreen with you. Apply it every two hours when you are out swimming or hiking. When you can do so, try as much to seek shade, especially at times when the sun is bright, around 10 am to 4 pm.
Cover your skin to protect it from the sun. wear a hat, light but long-sleeved tops and long pants. You can also invest in laundry detergents that are made with UV protectant additives for an additional layer of UV protection. Some clothes are even made with special sun-protective material.
Exercise And Treat Your Body
Exercising is important for your skin. Do cardio, yoga or go for a run to help increase blood flow and nutrient supply to your skin. This also helps to keep it clear and free of toxins. Exercising also helps to tackle stress. And at least once a week, treat your body to a steam bath or sauna, to rid it of dirt and help it relax.
Have A Good Night’s Sleep
Resting well and preventing stress are a great way to maintain good skin. This is because as you rest, your tissues are repaired and rejuvenated. So turn off the tv, put your phone aside, get clean pillows and sheets and get a good night’s sleep. Try to get at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep every day. You can even read a book or listen to light music before you doze off.