How To Take Care of Your Skin

How to Take Care of Your Skin
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If you take a look at your day, you’ll find that a lot of what you do is repeated over and over again each day. We’re creatures of habit, which is why we typically develop a routine that we stick with. Whether we’re making our morning cup of tea when we wake up each day or we’re hopping on the treadmill for our afternoon workout, routine can help us take care of ourselves. Learning how to take care of your skin can become a routine that benefits you greatly both inside and out. A clear and glowing complexion can help us put our best foot forward while boosting our self confidence. If you’re dealing with ongoing breakouts, dry skin or aging skin, you might be curious how to create a skincare routine. Let’s look a little more in depth into what a good skincare routine looks like.

Washing Your Face Regularly

When you wash your face, this removes any oil, bacteria and dirt that you may have on your skin. If you were to leave these things on the surface of your skin, you would notice that your pores look larger, you’re breaking out more and your skin looks dull. It’s a good idea to wash your face once in the morning and once in the evening. Your morning wash is designed to remove anything that has built up on your skin overnight while you were sleeping. Washing your skin before bed will remove any makeup and dirt that you have on your skin. You also want to make sure that you’re skin is completely clean before bed so that it has the opportunity to heal and rejuvenate while you’re resting.

You may want to think about washing your face other times during the day, depending on what kind of activities you have been participating in. Washing the sweat off your skin post-workout will help prevent breakouts. If you’re going to be washing your skin more frequently, make sure that you’re using a gentle and natural cleanser on your sensitive Asian skin. Try to stay away from sulfates, parabens and other harsh ingredients like alcohol.

Pay Attention to How Much Sleep You’re Getting

We’ve talked about the importance of having clean skin before you get into bed at night, but the quality and amount of sleep that you get each night will also determine how healthy your skin looks. We require approximately eight hours of sleep each night in order for our body to repair itself. While we sleep, our skin will heal and produce new collagen.

You can look for a number of nighttime skin products that will help with collagen production and improving elasticity. A gentle nighttime face wash can remove oil and dirt while using antioxidants to repair your skin. Antioxidants can help to neutralize any free radicals that may be causing damage to your skin and body. The goal is to consume antioxidants as part of our diet (through berries, dark chocolate and nuts), but we can also apply it to our skin in order to reap the benefits right where you need them.

After you’ve cleansed your skin, you can follow up with a toner that will ensure you’ve thoroughly cleaned your skin. If you have a number of blemishes that you would like to get rid of quickly, you can also use a spot treatment or hydrocolloid blemish patches to dry out the area. If you have dry or combination skin, a moisturizer can help protect, hydrate and heal your skin while you sleep.

Exfoliating Your Skin

Exfoliating your skin is something that you want to do intermittently. If you do it too often, you can end up damaging your skin or drying it out. Stick with a mild exfoliator that uses an ingredient like alpha hydroxy acid to remove some dead skin cells. This acid will help to dissolve dead skin cells without you having to physically scrub at the skin. Not to mention, AHA can also attract more moisture to the skin. Once you’ve exfoliated, this allows for new cells to grow in the place of the dead ones that were removed.

How to Take Care of Your Skin by Developing a Good Exercise Routine

A healthy skin care routine takes into account things like exercise. Exercise allows the body to increase blood flow to all areas of the body, including the skin. As you draw more oxygen into your body and skin, this will reduce the amount of free radicals in the body that have the potential to damage your skin. When you use exercise as a way to reduce stress and improve the quality of your sleep, you’ll find that maintaining healthy skin is a whole lot easier. Strive for at least 30 minutes of aerobic activity at least four to five times per week. Just don’t forget to wash that sweat off your skin when you’re done!

How to Take Care of Skin Using Moisturizer

It’s important that you are moisturizing your skin each day, even if you feel like you have oily or combination skin. All skin types require moisture in order to prevent red, dry and inflamed skin. You also use moisturizer in order to prevent any wrinkles or fine lines from developing as you age.

The product that you choose should tailor to your skin type. People with dry skin should look for a moisturizer that also includes a serum. This is a thicker product that will help to moisturize and retain moisture. If you’re prone to breakouts, look for a noncomedogenic product that will not clog your pores but still hydrate. You can also buy separate moisturizers for dry skin around your eyes, moisturizer that contains SPF protection for during the day and hydration products that include anti-aging ingredients like glycolic acid and hyaluronic acid.

In addition to hydrating your skin from a topical perspective, you should also make sure that you’re drinking enough water throughout the day. This provides your body with hydration from the inside-out. When your body is dehydrated, you’ll notice that your skin looks dull while feeling itchy. Stay away from beverages like coffee and alcohol as they can really dehydrate the skin. You can also get some of your hydration from fruits and vegetables.

Don’t Skip the Sunscreen

When you’re outside during the daytime hours, sun exposure can really affect your skin negatively. It doesn’t take much exposure to the sun in order to dry your skin out and damage it by way free radicals. If you can, wear clothing that will protect your skin from the sun. If it’s too hot to go outside in pants and a long-sleeved shirt, apply a sunscreen product that has an SPF of at least 30 or higher. Many moisturizers have SPF already in them, so you won’t need to apply more sunscreen if you’ve already gone through your skin care routine for the day.

Pay Attention to the Ingredients in Your Skin Care Products

The ingredients that are in all of the products that you’re using will make a big difference in how healthy your skin is. Natural skincare products are the gentlest options that you can choose, and they can be very effective. Some of the ingredients that you want to avoid include:
-Mineral oil
-Propylene glycol
-Unnatural Fragrances

How Can I Take Care of my Skin Naturally?

Your skin functions as your body’s largest organ, which is why you should take good care of it. This is the part of your body that is used to protect the rest of your body from any bacteria, dirt and free radicals that are in your environment. Not only is it important to develop a good routine of washing, hydrating and protecting your skin, but there are different techniques and product types that you need to focus on as well.

-Use Warm Water to Cleanse Your Skin

When you wash your skin, make sure that the water you are using is not too hot or too cold. Extreme temperatures can quickly dry out your skin, which is something that you want to avoid. You should also limit the amount of time that you spend in the shower or bath. If you deal with dry skin, you should be limiting your cleanup to about five minutes.

-Be Gentle

Make sure that you’re not too hard on your skin. If you’re washing your face, use your fingertips to gently rub your cleanser on in circular motions. The same goes for any products that you’ll be applying. You can even use a cotton ball as a more sterile option for applying product. This prevents you from introducing and bacteria that’s on your hands over to your skin.

-Dry Your Skin Carefully

Try to avoid grabbing your towel and rubbing your face dry. The most effective way that you can dry your skin off is by patting it gently with a clean towel. Apply your moisturizer right away, and you can even it apply it to damp skin to help retain some of that extra moisture.

Focusing on the Air Your Breathe

While you might not be able to control the quality of air that you’re breathing in outside, a healthy skin care routine should pay close attention to protecting and healing your skin from what’s in the air around you. Pollution, chemicals, cigarette smoke and unnatural fragrances can all be harmful to our skin and our overall health. You can repair and protect your skin from free radicals by using non-toxic skin care products that contain antioxidants.

How Can I Maintain My Skincare Routine?

Learning how to build a skincare routine is the first step towards properly taking care of your skin. Once you’ve learned all about what you should be doing and the types of products that will benefit your specific skin type the most, you’ll want to start the process of incorporating everything into your daily routine. If you’re going to be introducing new products, make sure that you’re doing so one at a time. It’s a good idea to see how your skin is going to react to a product over the course of one to two weeks. If you have an allergic reaction to a product or it irritates your skin in some way, you don’t want to have introduced three or four different products at once. You’ll never know which one was the problem. Once you see that your skin is tolerating a product, you can work in another one.

Don’t take on too much at once. Just learning how to properly cleanse your skin on a routine basis is all you have to do. From there, work in hydration and an SPF product. Once you’ve established a good routine and you feel comfortable with what you’re doing, you can think about using other products for anti-aging or to control an occasional breakout.

How Can I Make My Skin Glow Overnight?

If you have a big day coming up and want to make sure that you look your best, you may be looking for ways to make your skin glow overnight. There are a few methods that you can use to look and feel your best, whether you have a big job interview, you’re going on a first date or you have a wedding to attend.

-A Lemon and Honey Mask

Head to your pantry for a couple of ingredients that will help clear your skin and make it glow. Squeeze the juice of half a lemon into a small bowl. Add in one tablespoon of honey, and mix everything together. Apply to your skin for about 15 minutes before rinsing off with cool water.

-Avocado contains vitamins E and A, along with omega-3 fatty acids. Simply smash up one avocado, and apply it to your skin for 15 minutes. Rinse it off with cool water, and you’re skin will look much healthier in the morning.

-If you’re dealing with dry or irritated skin, use oatmeal as a remedy. Oatmeal baths are frequently used for skin rashes and dry skin, and you can make a paste out of oatmeal to apply to your skin. If you want an added skincare boost, add ½ teaspoon of turmeric and ½ teaspoon of lemon juice to ½ cup of oatmeal. Use it as a gentle scrub, and rinse off completely.

You don’t have to feel overwhelmed when it comes to developing a routine that benefits your skin or learning how to take care of your skin. Regardless of what skin type you have, there are plenty of methods and products available that can help you achieve healthy and glowing skin. Remember, you’ll want to switch up your products periodically. Your skin can get stuck in the same routine, and products may not work as well as they did when you first started using them. Don’t be afraid to experiment with new products to achieve healthy skin.