Tuesday, April 26, 2011
No More Skin Excuses!
Beauty, the saying goes, is only skin-deep. But the importance of skin goes a lot deeper.Here are some bad habits that can play havoc with your complexion.
*Skipping suncreen—The primary culprit behind aging. The best way to keep skin looking youthful-- wear sunscreen with a SPF of 30 that’s labeled broad-spectrum. It should contain either avobenzone, helioplex,mexoryl,,titanium dioxide or zinc oxide.
*Not removing your make-up—the 2 minutes it takes to remove your make-up and cleanse your face helps ensure good skin for years. Sleeping with your make-up on can result in enlarged pores and acne.
*Not exfoliating—Getting rid of dead cells helps soften wrinkles and brightens your skin. Watch out for aggressive scrubs that can cause redness and irritation. (walnut shells) Exfoliate just once or twice a week.
*Using hot water—high temps strip skin of its natural oils causing dryness. If you can’t give up your hot shower,wash your face first with lukewarm water and keep it out of the shower stream.
*Using outdated beauty products—Replace eye products at least every 6 months.
*Ignoring your neck—like your face, your neck is vulnerable to UV damage. It’s also a good idea to moisturize your neck when you moisturize your face.
* Not changing your pillow cases often. Maybe you always wash your face before you sleep but if you don't shower before going to bed, dirt from your hair will spread to your pillow. If that's the case, make sure you replace your pillow cases regularly.
*Being a couch potato. Exercise is very important as it helps increase blood flow. It also allows oxygen to circulate throughout your body, which will in turn keep the skin healthy and vibrant
*Smoking. Smoking makes your skin look older and contributes to wrinkles
*Not Shaving carefully. To protect and lubricate your skin, apply shaving cream, lotion or gel before shaving. For the closest shave, use a clean, sharp razor. Shave in the direction the hair grows, not against it.
*Not getting enough sleep. Your body needs time to restore and rejuvenate the cells inside. This restoration and rejuvenation time is important for your skin. Your skin will look dull once you fail to give it proper rest and sleep.
By following these skin care tips, your skin will feel great and look healthy. Do you have a favorite skin care tip?