Skin Care Tips
The first step to taking care of skin is preventing its damage from sun, wind, pollutants that constantly degrade its condition. Common complaints include dry and itchy skin, wrinkles, sagging, color changes, and age spots. Fortunately there are steps that can take care of the problems.
- Exercise, rest, and good nutrition lay the foundation for beautiful, healthy skin. A proper diet isn’t just good for your overall health, it is the supply house of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients that help maintain the skin and repair itself.. Drinking lots of water is another great way to keep your skin healthy as water helps to hydrate the skin and move waste and nutrients through the system.
- Using a natural sunscreen, or a moisturizer that contains sunscreen (at least SPF 15) every day also helps the skin as it is protected against the ultraviolet rays that can cause incalculable damage to it.
- Dry skin needs special care. With age the skin gets old as the older skin has fewer sweat. Normally there are lots of ailments like itchiness are associated with dry skins. Proper care of dry skins is thus imperative. Avoiding harsh soaps when bathing and cutting back on the number of baths or showers each week is one of the way. A sponge bath with warm water may help to clean and revive skin without stripping it of valuable moisturizers. A natural, mild soap that doesn’t contain any dyes or perfumes should be used in bath.
- A good all natural moisturizer is one of the foundations for a healthy skin care regimen. Continue moisturizing throughout the day to keep skin healthy. Your hands and face are particularly susceptible to daily damage, and may need to be moisturized more frequently.
Skin Care Routine
A daily regimen of activities help the skin maintains its glaze, health and youth. Here's a simple routine that one can adapt to fit his needs:
- Cleansing: Wash the skin thoroughly on a daily basis to remove the dirt, debris, pollutants, and perspiration that have accumulated. If you have dry or sensitive skin, use only warm water to wash your skin and use a mild natural cleanser every few days. If you have normal or oily skin, be sure to wash with a gentle cleanser on a daily basis. Be sure to brush your teeth before washing your face, as toothpaste residue can irritate sensitive facial skin.
- Moisturizing: Unless your skin is very oily, you will want to use a moisturizer everyday to keep your skin hydrated and healthy. Your skin needs moisturizer all year long as both the indoor winter heat, and summer sun can be equally damaging to your skin.
- Freshening: The skin care products include cosmetics like skin fresheners, toners and astringents which basically contains alcohol and water. These products are used after cleansing the skin to freshen and tone up the skin, they also restore the acid/ alkali balance of the skin. Having cleansed, wipe away any last traces of dirt or oil with a skin freshener or toner (cleansing milk) which suits your skin type. Non alcoholic freshener are for dry and sensitive skin. Those with alcohol (astringent) are for oily skin. People with combination skin should use toner and astringent.
- Protecting: Use of natural sunscreen is one of the best ways to protect the skin against the harmful UV rays of the Sun that can cause the skin to sag, lose elasticity and form wrinkles. Severe sunburn can even cause skin cancer.. Despite its harmful effects the sunrays do have beneficial qualities as they are the nature’s way of supplying Vitamin D to every living being. However to enjoy the benevolent aspect of Suns rays, one needs to be exposed to it only at sunrise and sunset.
Face is an important part of the body. And while most of other body parts remain covered and are thus safe from dirt dust and sun rays, it remains constantly exposed. Face thus demands extra attention. Masking is one of the ways to restore the youthfulness of the face.Although a method of cleansing only, masking has its own benefits:
Masking: Applying masks of different ingredients help cleanse the skin and retain the glow of the face. They help to remove dirt, sebum, and dead skin so that the skin looks clean, soft and youthful.Various ingredients are used in the masks, depending on the skin type. Clay, form an important constituent of many face masks.
Fullers earth is a special type of clay often used in face packs. It contains aluminium silicate. As it dries on the skin, it absorbs the superficial dead cells and blots up any excessive oil on the skin. It is therefore excellent for an oily skin but should not be used on dry skin. Kaolin is also a fine clay which has been used for tummy upsets because it absorbs toxins from the system. It removes grime, oils and dead cells. Kaolin is also best for oily skin and best avoided for dry skin.
Another ingredient of some of the masks is the peeling or the exfoliating agent-these remove the top layer of dead cells from the skin, leaving behind fresh youthful skin. Oatmeal and bran are the commonly used peelers. Oatmeal is obtained from oats which is rich in Vitamin B and Vitamin E.
Also added to many masks are natural ingredients-cucumbers, curds, lemon juice and Brewer's Yeast. It restores the acid / alkali balance of the skin.