A good daily skin routine is must to keep your skin looking healthy and glowing. Sun protection all year round and cleansing are basic needs for your facial skin.
Daily skin care routine
- Cleanse. Cleansing the skin removes sweat, oil, dirt and other pollutants that your skin naturally collects throughout the day and night. It’s the first step in your new simple skincare routine.
- Tone. After you cleanse your skin of impurities, toner removes any residue left behind by the cleanser as well as any makeup or oils your cleanser might have missed. The added cleansing effects help prepare your skin to absorb moisturiser and minimize the appearance of pores. Some toners may have PH balancing and antiseptic effects as well.
- Moisturise. Moisturising provides a protective layer to the skin that locks in moisture and keeps skin hydrated. This hydration is what gives your skin a smooth, luminous appearance. Needless to say, this is a step in your skincare routine you don’t want to skip.
- SPF protection. The sun is the most damaging factor for skin and the leading cause of skin cancer. That’s why using a moisturiser that contains SPF or applying a sunscreen after your moisturiser is key for protecting your skin from the sun’s damaging UV rays.
Protect yourself from UV rays
One of the most important ways to take care of your skin is to protect it from the sun. A lifetime of sun exposure can cause wrinkles, age spots and other skin problems as well as increase the risk of skin cancer.
- Use sunscreen. On warm days even in the UK. Use a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 on your face. Apply sunscreen generously and reapply every two hours or more often if you’re swimming or perspiring. You can buy foundation with sunscreen in it and this can be used even in the winter when the sun is out.
- Seek shade. Avoid the sun between 10 am and 4 pm. When the sun’s rays are strongest in summer.
- Wear a hat. A wide-brimmed hat will protect your facial skin from ultraviolet light.
Treat your skin kindly
Daily cleansing and shaving (for men) can take a toll on your skin.
- Limit your bath/shower time. Hot water and long showers or baths remove oils from your skin. Limit your bath or shower time, and use warm rather than hot water.
- Avoid soap on your face. Strong soaps can strip oils from your skin. Instead choose a facial wash and cleanser.
- Shave carefully gentlemen. 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.
- Pat dry. After washing or bathing, gently pat or blot your skin dry with a towel so that some moisture remains on your skin.
- Moisturise skin daily. If your skin is dry, use a moisturiser that fits your skin type. For daily use, consider a moisturizer that contains SPF.
Eat a healthy diet
A healthy diet can help you look and feel your best. Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins. A diet rich in fish oil or fish oil supplements and low in unhealthy fats and processed or refined carbohydrates helps promote younger looking skin. Drinking plenty of water (8 to 10 glasses) helps keep your skin keep hydrated.
Manage stress levels
Uncontrolled stress can make your skin be more sensitive and trigger acne breakouts and other skin problems. To encourage healthy skin and have a healthy state of mind take steps to manage your stress. Get enough sleep, set reasonable limits, scale back your to-do list and make time to do the things you enjoy. The results might be more dramatic than you expect.
Smoking makes your skin look older and contributes to wrinkles. Smoking narrows the tiny blood vessels in the outermost layers of skin, which decreases blood flow and makes skin paler. This also depletes the skin of oxygen and nutrients that are important to skin health. Smoking also damages collagen and elastin the fibers that give your skin strength and elasticity. In addition the repetitive facial expression in pursing your lips when inhaling and squinting your eyes to keep out smoke can contribute to wrinkles.
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