A good skin care regimen, which includes cleansing and protection from the sun will give you a bright, glowing skin for years to come.
Read on and discover simple and basic steps to effectively care for your skin and achieve a healthy glow.
First, you must protect yourself from the sun. This is one of the most important steps in order to be able to properly care for your skin. Remember, the sun can cause a lot of damage on your sensitive skin. Left unprotected your skin will develop wrinkles, age spots and other skin problems as well as risk your skin to develop cancer.
In order to protect yourself from the sun you must use a sunscreen. At the least your sunscreen must have an SPF of 15 in order to be effective. If you find yourself constantly out in the outdoors, reapply your sunscreen every two hours.
It is also advisable to seek shade and to avoid the sun at its highest peak between 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM.
It is also helpful if you will wear protective clothing such as long sleeves and pants.
Second, veer away from smoking. Aside from the deadly effects of smoking it is also one of the main contributors to stressed and dry skin. Smoking makes your skin look older by contributing to fine lines and wrinkles. An effect of smoking is narrowing the tiny blood vessels in the outermost part of the skin. This decreases the blood flow and depletes the skin of oxygen and nutrients that are important for skin regeneration. Not only that, smoking also damages collagen and elastin, which are the fibers that provides your skin with strength and elasticity.
To smokers the only way that you may be able to protect you skin is by quitting.
Third, treat your skin gently. Regular cleansing and shaving, though encourage, can take a toll on ones skin. So execute the process as gently as possible.
To do this you may limit your bath time. Long showers in bath, especially with hot water, can remove your skin’s natural oils. To avoid this, you must limit your bath/shower time. You can also opt to use warm rather than hot water.
Choosing soaps with gentle, natural and organic ingredients will also go a long way with caring for your skin. There are soaps that contain chemicals that can strip your skin with it’s natural oils.
When it comes to shaving, always use a shaving cream, lather or lotion to help with the process of removing one’s hair.
When it comes to drying oneself after a bath, opt to pat your whole body with a towel instead of roughly rubbing your skin. Patting your skin will encourage blood circulation which will in turn promote a healthy flow of oxygen inside your body that can give your skin a glowing look.
Do not forget to moisturize. A good lotion will be able to give your skin back the oil that has been stripped away during a hot bath.
Fourth, be sure to eat a healthy meal. Remember, what you put in your body also has a way of manifesting in your skin. A healthy diet, filled with vegetables and proteins, will give your skin a nice and healthy glow.
Lastly, manage your stress level. A high level of stress may give your skin uncontrolled and severe breakouts and other skin problems. So caring for your skin will also mean managing stress levels and caring for one’s peace of mind.
Remember, caring for your skin does not stop to the products you buy and use. It is a lifestyle that involves not just cleansing but protection from the sun, eating a healthy diet and managing one’s stress. If you do these steps you will see a remarkable change not only on your skin but on your overall health as an individual.