Learn how to take care of your skin no matter what the weather.
The skin is the largest organ in our body, and acts as a barrier to keep healthy things in, and harmful substances out. However, if we do not take care of our skin and overall health, it can’t do as good a job of protecting us from harm. If we live an unhealthy lifestyle, such as drinking too much alcohol and smoking, our skin will soon start to show the signs of premature aging.
Fortunately, it does not need to cost a lot to take care of your skin, if you are willing to take the natural approach to skin care, inside and out.
The first thing to consider is your diet. Drink lots of fresh water to flush out impurities, and eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables for key nutrients, fiber and moisture.
Be sure to use a good sunscreen every day, such as in your moisturizer or make up. Aim for an SPF of at least 30, more if you are very fair-skinned and/or live in a climate with a lot of sunshine.
Also remember to wear hats, sunglasses, light clothing that covers the arms and legs, and perhaps even reflective clothing if you have a history of skin cancer in the family, or have had it yourself already.
Always use a good moisturizer to ensure that you keep your skin moist at all times.
Even working in air conditioned offices can dry out your skin. Travel can be even worse for your skin due to the artificial air in the cabin.
Not smoking can help your skin from becoming yellow, and wrinkled around the eye and mouth area. It will also improve your breath and the appearance of your teeth.
Sleep and exercise are essential for good health overall, and are also an essential part of maintaining healthy skin as well. If you do not get enough sleep, you will see dark circles under your eyes, and perhaps even bags and wrinkles.
Exercise helps keep your circulation moving and gives you a healthy glow. It can help you stay fit and trim and get rid of excess fat and impurities in your body. If you have any cellulite, you will want to focus on exercise for the thighs, buttocks, abs and chest area, in order to firm the muscle and collagen in that area and reduce the appearance of cellulite. Even thin women can get cellulite if they eat poorly and do not exercise.
In addition to sun protection, diet, exercise and sleep, you will also want to establish a good skin care routine. It does not have to be expensive, but it does need to be consistent.
Cleanse your skin on a regular basis (once or twice a day) to ensure that any dead skin cells are removed from the surface of the skin and the pores don’t become blocked. Washing in the morning will help you wash away oil that has accumulated from the night before.
Washing before you go to sleep at night will help your skin get rid of all the impurities it has been exposed to throughout the day. Start with a pure soap like Castile soap and some warm water. Massage in circles, rinse well, and pat dry.
Then use a natural astringent like witch hazel to help wipe away anything the washing might have missed. Next will be your moisturizer and sunscreen for day time wear, or an enriching night cream if you are heading to bed.
At night, don’t forget to use astringent and cream on your neck, and a nourishing cream for your eyelids and under your eyes.
If you have problem skin, such as dry or oily skin, use natural products to help keep it in balance. With acne in particular, do not squeeze or pick your pimples. Also be sure to keep your hair clean and out of your face and wash your hands often to avoid the spread of oils and germs if you happen to touch your face. Avoid touching it if at all possible, and avoid any really oily foods in your diet, and see if this helps the acne settle down.
A good skin care routine will also include exfoliating once a week. You can use finely ground oatmeal with water for a scrub and face mask. Leave it on for 1 to 5 minutes depending on how dry or oily your skin is, to help purify and tone the skin.
You do not need to spend a fortune on expensive skin care products to have great-looking skin. Your skin is a barometer of your health, so a healthy lifestyle will give you a glowing appearance that everyone will envy, helping you maintain your young appearance for years.
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