The key to attaining healthy skin comes from consistent, daily caring of the skin. There are many products on the market and knowing the basics of skin care will eliminate the need for some and highlight the use of others. The general guidelines to good skin care are often overlooked because the consumer can become overwhelmed with the sheer amount of products available.
Firstly, skin needs to be moist and the best way to achieve this is with lotion. People’s daily routines are often counterproductive to keeping the skin moist. The first thing many people do to start their day is to jump into a hot shower. Steam and hot water can often dry out skin; especially in the winter when the air is dry. It is important that a shower is immediately followed with applying lotion over the entire body. Vitamin E is the key ingredient for any lotion and will give the best results for healthy looking skin. Skin is under the constant push and pull of movement and under attack from pollutants and bacteria; by hydrating skin you are allowing skin elasticity and preventing premature aging.
After applying a hydrating lotion, the face requires a moisturizer that will keep the skin free from dirt. Dermatologists recommend moisturizers according to your skin type; for sensitive skin; use oil free based products, for oily skin; use non-clogging formulas. Antioxidants have been scientifically proven to produce collagen, the body’s natural way of promoting skin repair. Because the face is much softer than the rest of the body, it requires special attention. Moisturizer should be applied once in the morning and in the evening before bed. Putting moisturizer along the neck is just as important as on the facial area, to prevent over time, sagging and drooping of the neck.
Facial scrubs offer a deep cleansing that cannot be achieved with normal face soap, which can often dry out the skin. This process exfoliates the skin better than any other method. Using a face scrub two to three times a week will greatly improve the neglected skin. Scrubs are known to promote new cell production by exfoliating dead skin cells. A common misconception when using a scrub is the need to aggressively rub the product into the skin, although facial scrubs are formulated so this is unnecessary. Allowing the fingers to gently move the product across the skin is all that is required.
Be careful to protect skin from sun damage. During the summer it is especially important to use a moisturizer that contains SPF included so skin is protected from UV rays. Ultraviolet rays are not only harmful in the summer when the weather is warm, but also in winter from the snow, which can reflect up to 50 percent of the sun’s ultraviolet rays. To protect yourself from the sun, go for a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a factor of 30 or higher. A moisturizer with SPF will reflect harmful UVs, and is always a good idea when there is a possibility of long periods of exposure to the sun.
Everybody enjoys being out in the sun and but that golden brown tan can often have damaging long term consequences if the proper steps are not taken. Sun cream is a popular alternative because it both tones, with the right amount of application and hydrates the skin. Spray tan is a growing trend that gives a dark, natural looking tan without the need for extended periods of sun exposure.
Skin care does not have to be complicated. Basic principles and consistent use of skin care products will yield better looking skin. Expensive care products are not always necessary. Hydration of the skin along with a proper sleep schedule will re-energize even the worst of damaged skin.