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Your skin is the first line of defense against disease and infection as it helps to protect your body from all the contaminants we come across each day, and gives protection against the ultraviolet rays. As useful as the skin is to us, it is also the first organ that shows signs of aging. While we might have lived without things like wrinkle creams or moisturizers when we were younger and more resilient, as we age some degree of skin care is inevitable. Keeping your skin healthy should be the most important part of your beauty routine.

Skincare Dos

Wear sunscreen

As much as everyone loves to feel the sun on their skin, it’s good to protect yourself from the direct rays of the sun. UV rays can cause wrinkles and skin cancer, so apply sunscreen whenever you are going to be in the sun, even if only for a little while. Skin around the face, chest, neck and hands, are the most sensitive to UV rays and yet these are always exposed, so make sure to always apply sunscreen to these areas.

Eat healthy foods

Vegetables and fruits are packed full of antioxidants which are chemical compounds that cam help in breaking down cancer-causing free radicals in the body. Free radicals also cause cell damage to the skin. Include colourful vegetables and fruits in every meal for healthy and glowing skin. Also take a lot of vitamins C, E, A and beta carotene.

Treat your skin gently

Contrary to some recent news, scrubbing the skin or exfoliating too often is not good for your skin. Be very gentle when massaging cleanser into your face. Do not rub but go in upward circular motions until whatever you are using is properly absorbed. The skin loses its elasticity as you grow older, so avoid rubbing or pulling it to prevent sagging.

Exfoliate only to remove dead skin cells

The skin renews itself by generating new cells and shedding the old one at the surface so exfoliation helps to remove the dead skin cells. But if you have dry skin, ensure that you do not over-exfoliate because it may become flaky and unattractive. Exfoliating once or twice a week is okay for people with dry skin. People with oily and normal skin however, can exfoliate more frequently; up to 3 or 4 times per week. Make sure to use a gentle exfoliator that is appropriate for your skin type and again, don’t over do it.

Drink plenty of water

Water flushes out toxins and improves circulation. Try to drink at least eight glasses of water to keep your skin looking soft and supple.

Get enough sleep

Apart from the fact that lack of sleep tells on your skin, it also affects your overall health. If you are always tired you are not at your most productive anyway, so why not call it a night and get the rest you need? Sleeping well will not only help to reduce your stress levels but it will also give your skin time to regenerate itself.

Apply eye cream

The skin around your eyes is some of the most sensitive, delicate skin on the entire body. Take care of it by applying a nightly eye cream.

Always moisturize

Moisturized skin is happy skin! Your skin will naturally plump up after applying moisturizer which helps to straighten out the wrinkles. Apply moisturizer when your skin is still damp from your shower or bath – this will lock in moisture and keep your skin looking plump and healthy all day long.

Skincare Don’ts

Don’t smoke

If you need motivation to quit, just take some time to examine the skin of long-term smokers. No offense to them, but even a smoker will admit that it will make your skin yellowish and unattractive with lots of wrinkles around the lips. So quit. Today. Your skin will thank you for years to come.

Never use body soap on the face

These types of soaps are meant for use below the neck. Only use cleansers that are made for the face because they are much gentler on delicate skin.

Don’t be sporadic about your skincare

Cleanse and moisturize every day to offset the pollution and other toxins your skin is exposed to on a daily basis. When you apply skincare products, use them properly. Five minutes in the morning and five minutes in the evening can make a huge difference for your skin over a lifetime.

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10 Tips for Healthy Winter Skin

Cold temperatures and whipping wind can wreak havoc on your skin. Keep your skin smooth, glowing, and healthy in the winter with these 10 tips.

Moisturize

Winter weather can dry your skin and strip it of essential oils. The single most important thing you can do for your skin in the winter is moisturizing properly.

If you use a regular moisturizer in warm weather, consider switching to something stronger when the temperatures drop. If you have dehydrated skin, consider an overnight moisturizer or something with petroleum.

However, if your skin tends to be oily, a heavy moisturizer can cause you to break out. People with oily skin should look for a moisturizer that says it will not clog pores.

Be sure you apply your moisturizer as soon as possible after you wash and dry your skin.

Protect Exposed Skin

When the winter wind blows, leave as little skin exposed to the elements as possible. Don’t neglect to wear gloves and to protect your neck and the lower part of your face with a scarf. Wear a hat to cover your ears and forehead, and protect your lips with a scarf when you go outside.

Don’t Over-Exfoliate

Dry skin can become flaky, causing you to exfoliate excessively. That can irritate your skin and increase inflammation. It can lead to more dry skin as well as break-outs.

Avoid Harsh Treatments

Peels and other chemical treatments may be great during warm weather but can damage your skin in the cold. Even if you live in the spa during the summer months, cut back significantly on your treatments during winter.

Instead of harsh chemical peels, consider a moisturizing treatment instead. You can have this done at the spa, or you can do it yourself at home. It’s easy to find recipes for moisturizing masks using common foods like avocados and bananas.

Don’t Skip Sunscreen

Many people think they only need to wear sunscreen in the summer, but that’s not true. The sun may not seem as hot in the winter, but its rays can still be harmful. Sunlight can also bounce off snow and cause damage to your skin.

Wear a sunscreen of at least 15 SPF any time you are planning to be outside. It will protect your skin from the sun and act as an extra barrier to bitter winds.

Humidify

Dry air is what can cause your skin to crack, itch and become inflamed. You can fight phenomenon by using a humidifier in your home during winter months.

Humidifiers pump moisture into the air, and your skin will benefit. Not only will you find your dry skin soothed, but you’ll also notice fewer sore throats and other cold-like symptoms you can get from sleeping in dry air.

Cut Out Steaming Showers

A hot shower can feel great when you’re chilled to the bone, but it’s probably doing damage to your skin. Hot water will quickly dry out your skin. If your skin is red when you step out of the shower, your water is probably too hot.

Hot water can also cause irritation which leads to itching and even rashes. A lukewarm shower is much better for your skin and will also keep your hair hydrated an shiny.

Switch to Sensitive Products

Many people can use scented products in warm weather but must be much more careful when the temperatures drop. If your skin becomes noticeably flaky, irritated or itchy, try switching to a product specially made for sensitive skin. These products include no dyes or chemical scents that can cause your skin to react badly.

Treat Your Lips

Don’t forget the skin on your lips when it comes to harsh conditions. It’s important to keep your lips healthy to avoid painful chapping and ugly peeling.

Always carry a soothing lip balm in winter, preferably a product with sunscreen. Lip balms that contain beeswax or petroleum are especially useful for moisturizing.

Take Omega-3

Omega-3 is terrific for keeping your skin hydrated, smooth, and free from irritation, so get plenty of it during winter months especially.

You can take omega-3 in a supplement form, or you can eat foods that contain a lot of it. Get omega-3 in foods like salmon, tuna, walnuts, and flaxseed, and added to some products.

Winter is a tough time for your skin, so treat it well by using products that moisturize and protect. These tips will help you keep your skin soft and beautiful, even in the coldest weather.


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