Taking care of your skin is essential if you want to maintain a youthful appearance. Your skin is the largest organ in your body and it acts as a protective barrier from the elements, protecting your muscles and circulatory system from damage and infection.
You have several main layers of skin, and the outer layer can sometimes become dry and damaged. It is important to moisturize to keep it healthy, but if it starts looking too dry, flaky or dull then you can exfoliate to slough off dead cells and reveal more youthful ones underneath. Here are a few skin care tips that can help you to keep a great looking complexion.
Drink Lots of Water
Water should be part of your daily skincare routine. Water keeps your body healthy and can help keep your complexion looking as good as possible. If you’re dehydrated, then your skin will look dull and flat. If you drink lots of sugary drinks, alcohol or caffeinated beverages they can reflect in how your skin looks as well in the form of spots and pimples, ‘liver spots’ or other blemishes. Water allows the body’s natural cleansing system to help your skin become healthier.
Always Remove Makeup Before Going to Bed
Makeup is great for hiding blemishes and accentuating your body’s best features. You can make your lips look plumper, your eyes look bigger and your cheeks rosier. You can hide pimples and reduce shine, highlight your cheekbones and contour your face to perfection. Used well, makeup is amazing.
If you fail to take it off, though, it can cause a lot of problems. Makeup can clog your pores and cause spots and blackheads. It can irritate your skin and make your trouble areas worse. It can do a lot of damage and effectively age you.
Often, people put makeup on for a big night out. Then they’ll forget to take it off. They’ll arrive home tired and fall into bed, then wake up the next morning with mascara around their eyes and lipstick on their face. They’ll end up with more spots, and need more makeup to cover it.
Both men and women should moisturize. Ideally, you should moisturize every night before going to bed. Your face is a key area for moisturizing, but it’s a good idea to do your hands and neck too. Some people cover their whole body with a light body lotion. Try to stick to fragrance-free face cream. If you don’t like using those kinds of products, then natural moisturizers like Palmer’s cocoa butter lotion are a great option. Whatever you choose, make it a part of your daily routine and your skin will thank you for it.
It’s a good idea to teach teens to moisturize and have them do it every day into adulthood – it’s a good habit and if you start doing it when you’re youthful you’ll keep looking youthful for a lot longer. Most people’s skin dries out as they age – oily goes to normal, normal goes to dry, so moisturizing will help everyone. That said, it’s never too late to start. If you’re an adult that doesn’t do it yet, get into the habit now. Taking care of your skin and moisturizing regularly to keep a youthful appearance isn’t just for women. Men want great skin too. Tiege Hanley created an easy to use skin care line just for men.
Even basic moisturizers do a lot of good – you don’t have to spend a fortune on the best brand named scented anti-aging creams. Pick something trusted that does not irritate your skin, and reap the benefits.
The sun’s UV rays will damage your skin over time. The risk of skin cancer is real, and if you have ever had sunburn you are at greater risk than someone who has not. If you use tanning beds then your risk increases too. Sun exposure and wrinkles go hand in hand. You should wear sunscreen every day – if you’re out and about, even if it’s winter, the sun can still damage your skin. If it’s summer and you’re going to the beach the risk is even greater.
Cover up your body – wear a hat, and wear long sleeves if you can. Wear sunscreen on the areas where you are going to be exposed, and try not to spend too long sitting out in the sun. Chasing a tan is a bad idea. If one happens naturally then that’s just your body responding to sun exposure, but in the long term you would be healthier, and look better than your peers, if you tried to avoid excessive skin exposure.
Exfoliate for a Fresh Face
Exfoliating can give you a bit of a youthful boost – it’s a good option if your skin is looking a bit dull and dead and you want to liven it up – but don’t use chemical peels at home because these can burn you or damage your skin. In addition, try to avoid cosmetic washes with microbeads in them – these are actually banned from the shelves in many parts of the world, but you can still import them. The beads are harmful to the environment because they are not soluble and they make it into the seas, and then into the food chain.
If you’re going to exfoliate, use natural scrubs instead, and do it gently and sparingly.
You will have to live with your skin for many years, but if you sleep well, eat right and drink lots of water you should find that it serves you well. Just like your nails and hair, when left to its own devices it is surprisingly resilient. What makes it start to show age is wear and tear – makeup, tanning beds, and other treatments don’t help with that. Sometimes, the natural fresh-faced look is the best.
If you have a child, teach them good habits now – because once the damage to your skin is done, it can be hard to recover from it. A healthy lifestyle pays off.