Your skin is the largest organ in your body and certainly the most visible. Beauty regimens everywhere boast their products can improve skin because it is such a large part of your appearance. If you want healthier, overall look and better skin, you have to take care of it. Here are six ways to make sure your face and skin always has a youthful, healthy glow.
Drink Plenty of Water
Water is crucial to the health of skin, keeping it young and elastic. You can always use juice and other drinks. But nothing beats water for keeping skin hydrated. Products like ASEA water and ASEA advancing life are supplements that help your skin and overall body on a molecular level. You can use these in conjunction with regular water for a healthy, overall glow.
Exfoliation is simply a fancy word for removing dead skin cells from the very top layer of the skin. When the dead skin is removed, fresh, young skin cells are revealed and you can get a fresher appearance.
To exfoliate properly, you need:
• Exfoliating cleanser for the hands and the face
• A loofah or exfoliating gloves
• A pumice stone
• exfoliating cleansers
First, rub the skin with the luffa or gloves to loosen the dead cells. Start with the feet and move up. Then, get into the shower, and rub the pumice stone on the feet to smooth the tough skin and calluses there. Exfoliate the rest of the body, and use the loofah to treat the back and hard-to-reach places. Use the exfoliating cleansers on the face and hands, and rinse with warm water then cold water.
After the exfoliation, apply moisturizer, especially those with fruit acids. The moisturizer helps to keep the skin moist, before the exfoliation dries it out and the fruit acids help remove the last of the dead skin cells.
The type of moisturizer a person uses depends on what type of skin they have. Skin can be naturally dry, oily, normal, or a combination of all three. Even oily skin needs moisturizing now and then, but the moisturizer needs to be water-based and noncomedogenic, which means it doesn’t clog the pores.
Moisturizer for normal skin should also be water-based but have a bit of oil in it, and sensitive skin needs emollients such as aloe or chamomile in the moisturizing lotion. Dry or aging skin benefits from petroleum-based moisturizers.
Before moisturizing, take a shower with the bathroom door shut to keep in humidity. After the shower, pat rather than scrub your body and face clean with a towel, then put on moisturizer and lip balm.
Be Wary of the Sun
We all love going out and getting a daily dose of vitamin D, but the sun is also dangerous to your skin. Specifically, its ultraviolet rays are dangerous. Ultraviolet A causes the skin to sag and wrinkle and ultraviolet B causes sunburn. Everyone needs protection against these UV rays which is why sunscreen is so important. The American Association of Dermatology recommends sunscreen that protects from both types of rays and has a sun protection factor of at least 30. Use sunscreen daily when going out, and apply to all skin areas that are to be exposed. An ounce is enough or most people. Apply sunscreen 15 minutes before going out, then apply every two hours or so. Take care to reapply the sunscreen after swimming or sweating.
Clean Skin Gently
Avoid cleansers with harsh ingredients and all but the mildest soap. The pH of regular soap doesn’t match the pH of skin and can be drying. Wet the face with lukewarm water, then apply the cleanser with fingertips. Rinse again with lukewarm water, pat dry, and apply moisturizer. Wash your face in the morning, at night and after sweating, which irritates the skin.
Skin protects your body, and should be protected in turn. These simple and easy tips will make sure skin stays vibrant, glowing, and youthful for decades to come.