Skin care is a tricky area. Some basic care is necessary for good hygiene and basic health. More advanced skin care falls into beauty treatment. And no matter how much money is spent on skin care, there always seem to be even more expensive treatments and products out there. Review these tips to pick up some basic, effective skin care knowledge.
This will sound obvious, but if you are looking to have better skin, you need to watch your consumption of fatty foods, particularly foods such as pork, duck and fatty red meat. Though delicious, these foods contain so much fat that you can sometimes feel it coming right out of your skin the day after you eat it. So the best way to control your skin’s oil output is to get a handle on your own fat input.
To help relieve itchy skin that can happen in winter, keep your skin moisturized. Indoor heat can dry your skin, making the itch worse. Use the lightest moisturizer that gives relief, so that you aren’t feeling greasy and clogging your skin, which can make skin problems worse. Avoid hot baths and showers until the condition improves.
Avoid the use of neon lighting in your bathroom. Neon lights damage your skin and make everything appear harsher. When putting on make up, they make you feel that you don’t have enough and you may end up going overboard. Try to set a nice, spa like mood in your bathroom by using dimmed lighting with candle wall sconces as a lighting alternative.
Apply your sunscreen with a sponge. Wearing sunscreen is very important when it comes to taking proper care of your skin. Some people neglect to put it on as often as they should because they do not like the feel of it. If you find sunscreen to be greasy and uncomfortable, try applying it with a sponge instead.
To avoid redness and broken capillaries in your face, avoid exposing your skin to extreme heat. The heat causes increased blood flow to the peripheral areas in your body, which includes the skin of the face. The key areas to avoid are saunas and steam rooms, which get much warmer than any normal hot day.
One of the best ways to take care of your skin is to avoid cigarette smoke. Don’t hang around other smokers, and if you smoke yourself, quit. Smoking reduces the blood flow to the outer layers of the skin, which then causes those cells to be starved for nutrients and moisture.
To keep your skin looking healthy and smooth, be sure to shave carefully. A gel or cream applied before shaving, will ensure that the razor glides smoothly, rather than roughing up the skin. To avoid in-grown hairs, always shave in the direction that the hair is growing, not against it.
To reduce the damage that sun has done to your skin, you should apply a topical Vitamin C cream. Researchers have found that creams containing Vitamin C can decrease the effects of photodamage, and protect your skin from the sun in the future. Vitamin C can also improve the texture of your skin.
If you need an exfoliate for your face and wish to use an all natural method, try granulated sugar. Granulated sugar, which is very inexpensive, or sometimes free if acquired from restaurants, acts as an abrasive when massaged into the skin. It removes dead skin cells, allowing new skin cells to surface.
Did you know that oily skin holds smells more effectively? This doesn’t mean skipping that shower is a great idea. However, it does mean that adding a quick dab of petroleum jelly to wrists before applying fragrances will help them last all day. Keep a small roller-ball of your favorite scent in your bag for quick touch-ups.
Use actual milk on your skin. You might have noticed that a lot of skin products list milk in their ingredients. This is because milk is great for your skin. Try rubbing some into your skin or adding it to a bath. Even the milk straight out of your fridge will work.
There are a variety of fantastic ways to eliminate dark circles and puffiness around your eyes. One way is to boil tea; then freeze the tea and apply the frozen tea cubes on your eye (wrap the cubes with a cotton cloth first). These tea treatments help to eliminate dark circles around your eyes and eliminate puffiness.
For optimal skin health, make sure you eat foods containing vitamins A, C, and E. Skin care isn’t just about what you put on your face. The foods that you eat play an important role in the quality of your skin, as well. These same vitamins can be found in skin creams, but are much more effective in protecting your skin when consumed in foods.
You should have a regular exercise routine to keep your skin healthy. This will fix those areas on you that sag and look older. This will also improve muscle tone and circulation which can make you look younger everywhere. Try not to accumulate extra fat by eating a healthy diet.
Do not use soap on your face as part of a skin care regime unless it is an especially developed facial soap. Ordinary bath or hand soap is too harsh on the facial skin and will strip it of the natural oils and moisture it needs to retain its healthy glow.
Be careful when shaving your legs and underarms. Improper shaving can cause nicks and even scars. Protect your skin, and lubricate it prior to shaving with shaving cream, gel or lotion. Always use a clean razor with a sharp blade, and shave the hair in the direction that it grows.
You get as much out of skin care as you put into it. That applies not just to money – it applies less to money than any other factor, maybe – but to time and research. There are plenty more tips and tricks like these out there, just waiting for you to learn.