Why is Skin Care Important?
Beauty and skin care go hand in hand, especially for those who want to show off their “best face” (and skin) with confidence. If you have beautiful skin, you feel good both inside and out. Aside from that, people will easily notice you if you have healthy, glowing skin.
Starting good skin habits at an early age will contribute to younger looking skin in our older years later. Good eating habits of healthy organic foods will also contribute to more beautiful and younger looking skin. Besides good daily habits of serious skin care, there is also the very strong advice of doctors and dermatologists to never smoke and always use skin protection when exposed to the sun.
Beauty is not just a facial issue because serious skin care must include all your skin from head to toes. The absolute worst thing we can do to our skin is unprotected sun exposure. Doctor Gross goes on to say that 90% of the skin’s wrinkles, dark spots, and sagging skin are caused by unprotected sun exposure. Therefore, doctors highly recommend always wearing at least SPF 30 sun protection products all the time. This habit is especially important at an early age for those with the most sensitive skin.
The reasons for our skin changes when we age have directly something to do with skin collagen breaking down. There are several reasons why this happens, but there are now ways to reverse some of the damage done. We can do things to prolong and even make some skin reversals of damage that will take off years without the expensive medical treatments. There now are proven products out there with collagen repair that will improve the condition of damaged skin. Retinol and organic skin care antioxidants such as green tea extract and vitamin C are also affordable and proven to bring back the beauty of your skin without having to use harsh or expensive products.
Aside from beauty skin care repairs, there is also the importance of your daily facial cleansing habits. Many now are aware that there are very few soaps properly balanced for facial skin use. Many will dry out our skin and only the soaps or cleansers made just for facial washing should be used. Over washing is also bad for our face and skin because it will only remove much of the skin’s natural oils that should never be removed. Lukewarm water is recommended as well because hot water can break down capillaries.
One more very important point for serious beauty skin care is exfoliation at least once a week. A lovely home skin kit is affordable and easy to use for anyone. It is important though to use small-grained exfoliates and not large grained because the large grains can cause more damage more than it can help. With small-grained exfoliate usage once a week, a glow will come back to your skin. Moisturizing is also very important to keep that glow going. It is important to moisturize for all skin types except skin with acne issues. Depending on your skin type, moisturizing will vary on how much or how little you use.
Beautiful skin does not take much to get back, and you only need just a few good products and good habits of commitment. It does not take long to start treating your skin with kindness and in return, softness and beauty will be yours to show off. A little effort will go a long way off and the glow will show.
And so, if you really want to take care of your skin and your face as well, just follow these 8 critical rules or tips in caring for your skin.
Protect Yourself from the Sun
One of the most important rules in taking care of your skin is to protect it from the sun. As mentioned before, 90% of skin damage is caused by the sun or extreme heat. A lifetime of sun exposure can cause wrinkles, age spots, and other skin problems as we get older, also increasing the risk of skin cancer. That is why you need to follow the tips below to make sure that your skin gets protected in case of exposure to the sun.
For a complete sun protection:
Use sunscreen. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 and higher. Apply sunscreen generously, and reapply every two hours or more often if you are swimming at the beach or perspiring from exercising outdoors. The sunscreen you’re using doesn’t need to an expensive brand, just choose the one with valuable feedback from its users.
Seek shade where possible. Avoid the sun between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. because this is when the sun’s rays are the strongest.
Wear protective clothing. Cover your skin with tightly woven long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and wide-brimmed hats. Also consider laundry additives, which give clothing an added layer of ultraviolet protection for a certain number of washings, or special sun-protective clothing that is specially designed to block ultraviolet rays. You can even use a cap or use a scarf or any type of cloth that can protect your face when out in the sun.
Don’t ever forget to put on sunscreen even if the day is cloudy or cold outside. If you’re heading to a beach or around reflective surfaces like snow or ice even if it’s not summer, lather your skin up with some more sunscreen with SPF of at least 30.
Since we’re on the topic of the sun, always keep yourself hydrated because a well-hydrated body means well-hydrated skin. So, drink lots of water daily, at least 6 to 8 cups, if not more. Also, eat lots of fruits and vegetables that have a high-water content such as watermelon, cucumber, orange, strawberry, grapefruit, and cantaloupe. Again, although it has been argued that the water you drink will never reach the skin because most of this liquid always passes through the kidneys, the correlation between a healthy and well-hydrated body and healthy skin is not subject to debate.
Smoking causes your skin to look older and contributes to wrinkles. Smoking narrows the tiny blood vessels in the outermost layers of skin and this decreases blood flow. This depletes the skin of oxygen and nutrients that are important to skin health. Smoking also damages collagen and elastin, the fibers that give your skin strength and elasticity. In addition, the repetitive facial expressions you make when smoking such as pursing your lips when inhaling and squinting your eyes to keep out smoke can contribute to wrinkles. If you smoke, the best way to protect your skin is to quit beginning today. Consult your physician for treatments to permanently stop smoking.
Be Gentle on Your Skin
Daily bathing, cleansing, and shaving can take a toll on your skin, so be gentle on your skin.
Limit bath time. Hot water and long showers or baths remove oils from your skin. Limit your bath or shower time, and use lukewarm instead of hot water.
Avoid strong bath soaps. Strong soaps can strip oil from your skin. Instead, choose mild soaps or body wash.
Shave gently. To protect and lubricate your skin, apply shaving cream, lotion, or gel before shaving. For the closest shave, use a clean, sharp razor. Shave in the direction the hair grows, not against it.
Pat dry. After washing or bathing, gently pat or blot your skin dry with a towel so that some moisture stays on your skin.
Moisturize dry skin. If your skin is dry, use a moisturizer that fits your skin type. For daily use, consider a moisturizer that contains SPF.
Eat a Healthy Diet
A healthy diet can help you look and feel your best. Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins. The association between diet and clear and healthy skin is quite clear, and some research even suggests that a diet rich in vitamin C and low in unhealthy fats and processed or refined carbohydrates might promote younger looking skin. Consider a low-sugar diet since this can keep insulin levels down, allowing cells to maintain a healthy balance. Don’t eat too much spicy and fermented foods, salt, citrus fruits, and fried food. Blander foods are better for skin health such as rice, oatmeal, and applesauce.
Uncontrolled stress can make your skin more sensitive and trigger acne breakouts and other skin problems. To encourage healthy skin as well as a healthy state of mind, take steps to manage your stress. Set reasonable limits, scale back your to-do list and make time to do the things you enjoy. The results might be more dramatic than you expect.
Golden Rule for Women
Make sure you always remove your makeup before going to bed. The skin needs to breathe overnight. Since makeup prevents that, leaving it on overnight clogs the pores which may cause blemishes and blackheads. Makeup remover is very affordable, but you can also make your own homemade DIY makeup remover. Just put some olive oil on a cotton pad and gently massage the oil onto your face to get rid of the makeup and dirt. In relation to removing your makeup, don’t forget that exfoliation is indispensable. At least once or twice a week, exfoliate your skin to remove the layers of dead skin. This is sure to leave you with a healthier glow and brighter skin. You can also apply a paste of walnut in powder form with yogurt to exfoliate your skin, as the antioxidants present in walnuts help remove dirt and promote radiant skin.
Running, jogging, yoga, and about any form of exercising will give your body the necessary blood circulation, and accelerate the cleansing process of your entire body. You will notice a glow on your face after working out. If you are running after time, just take a brisk walk around the block. Despite your exercise routines, don’t forget your skin care regimen before and after a workout. Apply a toner to help minimize oil production before heading out. Exfoliate after, and then apply shea butter or olive oil to moisturize the skin.
Do try to sleep at least 7 – 8 hours every night. If you don’t get enough sleep every night, your skin gets tired just like you and it will sag, and this is the major cause of your bags under the eyes. So, don’t risk it. You can also apply honey on your face twice or thrice a week to naturally soothe and heal your skin. Never forget to wash and moisturize your face before going to bed. For dry skin, use milder cleansers that are free from alcohol. Apply lots of moisturizers, and avoid hot water as it dries out the skin excessively. When washing the face, use only lukewarm water.
Although we did say 8 rules or tips, here are additional rules for better-looking skin.
Do not ever attempt to pop your pimples because it can lead to more swelling, redness, and even scarring. If you feel a pimple is on its way, just clean the area with rose water, and place a chilled green tea bag for 10 minutes over the area. Also, if you wear glasses or sunglasses, make sure you clean them frequently to keep oil from clogging the pores around your eyes and nose.
Don’t ever neglect your jaw line and facial muscles. For just 5 minutes a day, perform a few facial exercises. You can jut out your lower lip in such a way that wrinkles are created on the chin and then lower your chin to your chest. Another exercise that works wonders is to look up towards the ceiling and pout. It stretches out the muscles to make the skin firmer.