Skin care can be a tad bit overwhelming owing to the fact that there are hundreds of products for different types of skin and skin ailments. Just when you’ve figured out a routine that allows your skin to soak in a good amount of moisture without being oily, it’s possible that your skin ups and decides to change. What we need to acknowledge is that there are more than 7 odd types of skin. You’ll have noticed how skin care varies in terms of whether you have dry skin, combination skin or oily skin.
Being the largest organ of our body, the skin’s reaction to different agents can be surprisingly dissimilar among people of the same skin type. And that is why consulting a dermatologist is a must! Nevertheless, all skin types can benefit from following certain necessary steps to ensure healthy skin growth.
Fresh air is a nightmare – There were times when talking a walk had some soothing and healing properties. But I’m sure we can all agree that it’s no longer the case; unless of course you are living in a city that has a low pollution count. The so called “fresh air” is filled with so many toxins, that stepping out of your homes without sufficient protection can be detrimental to your skin. Apart from lathering sunscreen during summer, you could try wearing a face scarf or face mask for extra measure. This would filter the impurities in the environment to a certain extent.
Exfoliate regularly – Our skin is constantly regenerating, getting rid of dead cells and giving life to the new layer. But sometimes, the dead skin cells need a little more prodding to fall off. That’s where gentle but essential exfoliation comes in. For all skin types, it is recommended that you exfoliate atleast once a week. Use an exfoliating cream from a reliable brand or make an exfoliating mask at home, comprising of honey and oatmeal. The oatmeal calms the skin and prevents breakouts whereas honey is a good antioxidant. You also want to pay attention to your lips which can get chapped easily. Lip scrubs made of a berry are definitely useful.
Moisturize – Staying hydrated is one of the best ways to have a supple, glowing skin. Your water intake plays a great role in what kind of skin you have. However, some people may drink sufficient water and yet have dry skin. This calls for the use of moisturizing agents like creams or serums. You may wonder what the difference between the two is. Serums are light, water-based solutions and don’t usually include the oils contained in creams. Creams are much heavier because they are designed to prevent water from evaporating. Regardless of what product you choose, it is important to moisturize your skin atleast once every day.
Don’t skip the nighttime routine – Wait, I have to have a nighttime routine? Yes, you do! Skin care is a round the clock job. The few hours of oblivion are most important because your skin is under construction, in the sense that it is repairing the damaged cells. The first, most basic part of your nighttime routine should be to wipe every bit of makeup and grime off your face using good cleansing sheets. This allows your skin to breathe by clearing all its pores. Follow that with a quick rinse, pat dry and then use whatever moisturizing product you prefer. Having done that, while you snore away to glory, your skin is happy too.
Feed your skin – We do love our cheat days, however often they may be. But wouldn’t it be good to incorporate some essential items into your diet for the sake of your skin? A study published in 2007 in the European Journal of Cancer Prevention shows that a cup of coffee per day helps prevent non-melanoma skin cancer by 11% in women. Green tea, dark chocolate and red wine have antioxidant properties which help with blood circulation and getting a healthy complexion.
Dig into that froyo, because yoghurt helps prevent wrinkles and makes your skin firmer. Tomatoes are also known for helping the production of collagen, a protein that keeps your skin taut. Skin care is a time investment, but with a good start, you’d begin to see the results sooner rather than later.
You don’t have to necessarily fill a drawer with skin care products; just ensure that you’re giving your skin all the love and attention it deserves.