It can be so easy to skip your skin care routine but having healthy skin is important and it doesn’t have to involve expensive skin care products. While the natural aging process will affect your skin there are certain steps you can take to minimize these affects.
By following the skin care tips below you will develop good skin care habits that are quick and easy to use regularly.
1. Prevent sun damage
The sun’s rays today are stronger than ever before due to the damage in our ozone layer. Excessive skin exposure can cause wrinkles, age spots and puts you at a higher risk for developing skin cancer.
The best way to protect your skin includes regularly using a sunscreen. Today it is possible to find creams that offer high protection levels, just read the sunscreen bottle. Always use one with an SPF of at least 15 even during the winter and on cloudy days.
When outside you should try to stay in the shade as much as possible as this will provide you with the best protection possible. Especially during the middle of the day as this is when the sun’s rays are the strongest.
Get into the habit of wearing clothes which will protect your skin from the sun. Long sleeved shirts and pants along with a good sun hat are ideal.
2. Quit Smoking
If you currently smoke you should break this habit. Smoking will make your skin age extremely quickly and contributes to the wrinkling process. Smoking affects the small blood vessels in your skin which directly slows down your blood flow. This slow down means that your skin isn’t getting enough oxygen and nutrients and your skin will not have that exuberant glow anymore.
3. Be Gentle with Your Skin
While it is important to cleanse your skin you must be gentle with how you treat your skin. This includes not using harsh cleansing products and rubbing your skin in gentle circular motions.
Long hot baths and showers feel wonderful but they can also strip your skin of essential oils. Try to use warm water as opposed to hot water and don’t soak in the tub for too long.
Always choose mild soaps for your skin care regimen and your best choice is to look for natural products as much as possible. After washing your skin always pat your skin dry and do not rub it. Use a moisturizer, with SPF of 15 if possible, which matches your skin type.
4. Watch Your Diet
The foods you eat will show up on your skin. So you always want to choose lots of fruits and vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins. Many people believe that eating foods rich in Vitamin C, Vitamin E and Vitamin A can impact how your skin looks. Research has not backed this up but many of these ingredients are also found in skin care products.
Stress can cause havoc on your skin as well as on the inside of your body. Dealing with too much stress can cause acne breakouts, hives and other skin reactions. If you develop a healthy mind this will reflect on the outside and your skin will look healthier.
Follow these steps to create not just a healthy skin care routine but a new and improved healthy lifestyle.