The condition of our skin affects how we look to others and how we, ourselves feel. Dry or itchy skin is a nuisance, but can usually be easily ameliorated. But there are serious skin diseases that threaten our health. Skin cancer, for one, is on the rise. We offer the following tips to help you keep your skin healthy.
Strangely enough, you need to use moisturizer even if you have oily skin. If your skin is oily, and you skip the moisturizer, your skin will go into overtime producing oil to replace the oil you’ve just removed. So your face will end up oilier than before. Use a mild oil-free moisturizer so that your skin doesn’t decide to rev up oil production again.
A great tip to maintain good skin is to reduce the amount of alcohol you consume. Excessive alcohol consumption can damage your skin and cause premature aging. It’s most obvious in people that have been drinking habitually for years. It’s best to lower your drinks to one or two drinks per day.
If you have severely dry skin on your hands, it can and should be treated with an antibiotic cream, like you would use on cuts and scrapes. In many cases, extremely dry skin crack open and bleeds. If these cuts are ignored they can become worse – leading to scarring or even an infection. Care for them early by applying an antibiotic cream before applying moisturizer.
Always make sure to wash your face of makeup before going to bed. Not only can this get all over your bedding, but it can harm your skin and either cause acne or aggravate your existing breakouts. It basically clogs the skin’s pores. Your skin needs the night to breathe and repair itself, so this is counterproductive.
Although you should normally pick skin care products for your skin type, you may have been buying the wrong products for so long that your skin has become denatured. So, in order to truly know what your skin type is, sometimes you have to go back to square one. Start with a simple routine, a gentle, non-drying cleanser morning and night, toner if your skin is truly oily, and a moisturizer (again, unless you have very oily skin). After a couple of weeks of this normalizing routine, you should be in a much better position to evaluate your true skin type and can buy products that meet your skin’s true needs.
Dark spots from sun damage or acne scarring can make your skin appear older. Eliminate these by using a daily cream made especially for fading spots. Products that contain hydroquinone will make the biggest impact on clearing up your skin. Apply the product twice a day after washing your face, and you will start to see results in four weeks.
These tips have given you a better idea, both of the range of skin problems and their cures. Our skin is the part of our body, most exposed to pollutants and contaminants that are in our environment. It behooves us to be vigilant in protecting our skin, for it protects the rest of our body.