10 Tips To Guard Your Skin
Posted On: - 2008-12-02 23:26:35
If you are blessed with healthy skin that is soft as well as radiant, then you are one of the luckier ones. But to retain the health of your skin and protect it from environmental damage you need to follow an effective skin care regime.
Here are 10 tips that can help you do that:
Adopt a Skin Care Routine
‘Cleanser- Toner-Moisturizer’ is the rule to go by in a good skin care regimen. First clean your face with a gentle cleanser so as to remove all the dirt and debris. Then again use a good toner to fill the opened pores and balance the oil production. Follow this with an application of moisturizer specially developed for your skin type.
Restore Moisture to the skin
A good moisturizer is an integral part of your skin care routine. Skin that lacks moisture becomes puckered and helps in the development of premature wrinkles. Its essential that you choose a moisturizer that suits your skin type
• If your skin is prone to acne, use a moisturizer that aids in preventing breakouts and treating blemishes. The moisturizer should contain ingredients like salicylic acid or sulfur.
• If you have oily skin, then make sure you use a mild moisturizer that is oil free and does not clog pores.
• For people with dry skin, oil based moisturizers are the best. The product should have ingredients like glycerin, dimethicone and hyaluronic acid.
Hydrate your body from the inside
No matter how much of the moisturizer you rub on your face, if your body doesn’t have enough water within, your skin is as dehydrated as you. You can use a topical moisturizer to keep you skin hydrated. But along with that you also need to drink plenty of water. Have a glass of water instead of tea, coffee or soft drinks.
Protect your skin from the environment
Environmental factors like pollution, UVA/B radiations of the sun etc. can prove to be very harmful to your skin. These elements break down the protective shield of the skin and develop premature wrinkles.
A great way to prevent this is by using a antioxidant serum that shields your skin from the external elements and protects against any free radical damage.
Smoking sure is harmful for your body but it will take toll on your skin too. Regular smoking leads to pursed lips and squinted eyes, which further cause wrinkles on the face. Moreover, the toxins in cigarettes make the skin discolored and patchy.
Drink in moderation
Alcohol removes moisture from the skin. And dry skin is more prone to wrinkling. Make sure you drink ample amounts of water to balance the moisture taken out by the alcohol.
Protect your skin against sunlight
Tanning is not the only sign of sun damage. In fact, people who do tan are as prone to the harmful effects of sunlight as those who don’t. The visible effects of damage caused by sunlight are thinning of the skin, development of creases and wrinkles and rough skin texture.
It’s essential that you put on an effective sunscreen.
Don’t neglect your neck
When you talk about healthy skin, it’s not just the face you should take care of. The delicate skin on your neck demands as much attention too. A radiant face with a dark neck is not a pleasant sight.
Use serums, moisturizers and sunscreen to firm up the skin of your neck.
To remove the dead skin cells on your face and neck, make use of a good scrub that will scrape off all the dead cells from your face along with blackheads and whiteheads.
A balanced diet is another key to healthy skin. Eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables to retain the moisture of your skin.
Dr. Marilynn Syrett graduated from Western University of Health Sciences. She has a passion towards researching the use and effectiveness of skin care products and acne skin treatments and has reviewed several skincare gift setsthat includes a variety of age spot removal creams and lotions.