Our skin is the first thing that other people may notice about us. An important component of the skin is the pigment called melanin. It gives us our color and helps protect us from the harmful UV rays of the sun.
Taking care of our skin is not merely a matter of vanity, but an important health routine too. There are many skin care products available today - for whitening the complexion, for getting a youthful glow, and for eradicating skin imperfections. However, nothing beats the basic skin care, and healthy skin simply needs care and consideration.
Here are simple tips for getting a fantastic skin:
1. Keep it clean. Make sure that you cleanse your skin gently and thoroughly, and that goes not just for your face, but the skin all over your body. Use soap with mild formulation for your facial wash, hand scrubbing and bathing
2. Be gentle. Even though a hot bath sounds like a relaxing idea, you have to make sure that your water is not too hot. This robs skin of its natural oils and leaves it dry. Exfoliants help to scrub away dead skin cells, but you have to remember that they are not meant for everyday use. Excessive exfoliation can irritate your skin.
3. Keep away from irritants. Many experts advocate using natural items that are found in your pantry as masks, peels, or scrubs. These are fine and dandy, however, you should check for allergic reactions by dabbing a dollop of the product on a small area of your arm. Soaps and creams with strong perfumes, or unregistered products that have not been approved by your country's drug agency can cause allergic reactions or worse, so you should be wary of these too.
4. Moisturize and hydrate. Dry skin is itchy, flaky, unsightly, and irritating. Therefore, you would do best to avoid its triggers, such as using strong soaps or applying too much alcohol, and dry weather conditions. Dry skin can also be caused by excessive alcohol intake, so drink moderately! Several glasses of water helps keep the skin healthy by flushing out toxins. With inadequate amounts of water circulating through the body, toxins can build up and escape through skin pores. This contributes to acne. Therefore, by flushing the body internally with water, acne breakouts are less likely to occur.
5. Stamp out smoking. Cigarette smoking contributes 4,000 toxins to the body and is taken by the bloodstream directly to the skin, leading to wrinkles, skin discoloration, and acne. So if you want to look younger and healthier, think twice before lighting up!
6. Eat right. Feed your face right with nutrients such as Vitamin E, for youthful, glowing skin, found in nuts, seeds, and egg yolk; Vitamin C, which eliminates free radicals in the body that destroy collagen and elastin, found in citrus fruits and green leafies; and Vitamin A, which is necessary for the repair of skin tissue, found in low-fat yoghurt and other dairy products.
7. Slather on sunscreen. Sunscreen is not just for the beach! Even on cloudy days, the sun's harmful UV rays can still get to you. Before you head out, reach for a trusty bottle with at least an SPF of 30, and remember to reapply after two hours of sun exposure.
8. Trust only a pro. Never try anything drastic, such as a facial or wart treatments, without consulting a reputable dermatologist. A dermatologist can recommend the best treatment for skin problems such as acne or scars that will work best with your skin type. Before having any skin work done, insist on a consultation with the establishment's dermatologist. It may be more expensive or time-consuming to do so, but it is the best way to save your skin from damage.
9. Get some shut eye. The term beauty sleep is not just an empty promise. Skin repairs itself when you are at rest, so make sure to catch enough Zs. Don't worry if you are on the graveyard shift. Experts say that as long as you get eight hours of sleep a day, regardless whether it is in the daytime or nighttime, you can still get the full benefits of snoozing.