5 Things You Have to Know About Skin Care

With all of the focus on skin care recently, I just had to post this article on skin care.  Being proactive with your skin care regimen is the best skin care advice I can give you.

Busy lifestyles combined with no time for anything “fun” results in your skin getting aged and damaged.  This means that your skin won’t be that ultra smooth skin you had when you were born as an isty bitsy baby.  As you grow up, your skin gradually becomes thinner and you start to develop wrinkles.  The color and glow you were born with starts to fade, and if you aren’t careful to slough off dead skin cells with a deep skin peeling or other type of treatment, the dead skin cells on your skin’s surface will hide any fresh, rejuvenated skin you have below.

Common skin care mistakes are too much sun-tanning and too little usage of a daily moisturizer.  There are routine mistakes that people form into bad habits.  If you can get a grip on these two concepts and use them as a base, it will help you protect your skin to keep it healthy and glowing for years down the road.

With that in mind, here are some crucial things you need to know if you want to have healthy skin well into your golden years.  These steps were actually suggested by an article posted on the Mayo Clinic website, and I have taken the time to put them in my own words and adopt this as a strategy for my skin care customers.  It’s very important that everyone reads this, if only once.

1. Protect yourself from the sun deep wrinkles

The best way to protect your skin each and every day is to protect it from the sun. Ultraviolet light — the invisible but intense rays the sun emits — damages your skin, causing deep facial wrinkles , dry, rough skin, liver spots, and more serious disorders, such as noncancerous (benign) and cancerous (malignant) skin tumors. It is a true fact that the majority of our sun damage directly correlates to how our faces look as we age.

The best way to avoid sun damage is to use all three of these methods:

* Avoid the sun when it is at it’s peak of intensity.  The sun’s rays are most damaging from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Reduce the time you spend in the sun during these hours.

* Dress accordingly.  If you wear a hat, longer pants, or anything that covers skin so it won’t be exposed to the harmful rays, it’s a great head start.  Sunglasses also work well to help prevent eye wrinkles.

* Please, use sunscreen!  Using a sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) greater than 15. Use all over your face and body around 20 minutes before going in the direct sun and reapply every two hours, after heavy sweating or after being exposed to water.

2. Do NOT Smoke!

Smoking accelerates aging of your skin and increases the chances you get facial wrinkles. Your skin will drastically take a turn for the worse if you smoke at any point in your life.  Chronic smokers will have a hard time keeping healthy skin later in life.

What smoking does is cause narrowing of the tiny blood vessels in the outermost layers of the skin.   What this does in affect is decrease the blood flow, which leads to depleting the skin of oxygen and nutrients, such as vitamin A.  These factors increase damage to the elastic fibers (elastin) and collagen, which give your skin it’s strength and elasticity.

Also, another factor in if you develop facial wrinkles is repetitive facial expressions.  Obviously, you make these when you smoke — such as pursing your lips when inhaling and squinting your eyes as you try to avoid smoke from entering the eyes.  This contributes to wrinkles each time you smoke.  Lastly, the smoke that bellows onto your skin can cause skin damage over time.

3. Wash your skin gently

Cleansing is an essential part of caring for your skin.  However, as told by the Mayo Clinic, the key is to treat your skin in a gentle manner.

* Try to use warm water, and limit your time in the shower and bath.  The reasoning behind this is that hot and long showers or baths remove oils from your skin.  If you limit your time in the hot water, you do your skin a favor.

* Strong soaps can leave your skin dry.  Try to pick one that is worthy of cleaning your skin but not over saturated with strong ingredients.

* Avoid irritating additives.

* If you wear make-up, remove it with care.  Don’t scrub your skin, or you can damage it.

* Pat dry. Be gentle as you dry your skin.  A gentle pat or blot your skin dry with a towel is sufficient.  The key is to dry it so that some moisture remains on the skin. Immediately moisturize your skin after bathing.

4. Moisturize regularly

Moisturizers should be a staple in your skin care routine.  They help maintain your skin’s natural moisture levels. They work by making a seal over your skin — this keeps water from escaping — or even by slowly releasing water into your skin.

If possible, try to select a moisturizer with an SPF of at least 15 to help protect your skin.  This provides protection from damaging ultraviolet rays.

5. Shave carefully

Shaving is essential for both men and women.  However, it’s important that it is done properly to ensure smooth, healthy skin is prepped to grow accordingly.  For a smooth shave:

* Apply a warm wash cloth on your skin before shaving.  This works to soften the hair.

* Never shave dry skin.

* Use a clean, sharp razor. If using an electric razor, don’t use the closest setting, as it can aggravate the skin.

* Shave in the direction of the hair growth, never shave against it.

* Always rinse your skin afterward with lukewarm water.

Those are some essential skin care tips.  Following those tips will definately help your skin age properly and prevent facial wrinkles.  It will also save you loads of money years later in life.  Many people spend a small fortune on products that work to reduce the appearance of wrinkles.  So, what would you rather do?  You have two options.  You can follow the five tips to a science and know that you are treating your skin properly, or you can be lazy and try to cover up all of the skin damage you have amassed using a daily anti aging wrinkle cream.