Your complexion can be a fickle thing. One day your skin may be clear and smooth, and the next it may not. Worse still, after a lifetime of ideal skin, you could find yourself in the middle of an uphill battle trying to get back what you have lost! Don’t lose heart! Here are some tips to improve and keep your skin looking its best!
It’s important to exfoliate your skin gently but thoroughly on a regular basis. Exfoliation gets rid of dead skin cells and opens up your pores, which means that when you shave, you’ll be less likely to get razor bumps. Exfoliation also gives your skin a polished, new look.
Never use too much makeup! Powdered makeup products and foundations can clog your pores. This can make the acne you suffer with even worse. If you use make-up to cover the acne, it can cause an infection. Give serious thought to putting the makeup away until you have your acne under control. Do not be tempted to hide your pimples behind a toner or concealer.
To prevent premature sun damage to your skin, it’s very important to wear sunscreen. Choose one that blocks UVB and UVA rays. Pick an SPF factor high enough to continue to protect you after it begins to wear off. For example, an SPF of 10 will drop to a very low protection of SPF 5 after you sweat for a bit or wipe your face.
Avoid excessive eating of chocolate to ensure optimal skin. Most chocolate can cause acne when eaten in too large of quantities, causing the body (primarily the face) to overproduce oil. Some chocolate is fine to eat, but only eat the suggested serving size of the chocolate product you are consuming.
Before going to sleep, clean up your face from any trace of make-up. Apply a moisturizer a few hours before going to bed so that it has time to penetrate your skin and will not clog your pores while you rest on your pillow. Apply lip balm and hand cream before going to bed.
When it comes to fun in the sun with your baby, remember that less is more. Babies’ skin is thin and delicate, and cannot take either long exposure to the sun or harsh sunblocks. There are brands of baby-friendly sunscreen available, but the safest bet is put a very large hat on your baby and/or buy one of those “baby shelters” you can take to the beach or pool, so they will have place to keep cool and not get burned.
Oftentimes, skin care problems are caused by the very same products we buy to deal with other skin care issues. Do you really need to slather that heavy facial cream on every day if it ends up clogging your pores and causing chronic oiliness? If you use a heavy foundation day after day, you set yourself up for breakouts. You should be thinking long-term about what you’re putting on your face and whether it’s actually setting you up for more problems down the road.
Now that you have the intel on how to fight the battle for ideal skin, apply what you know. Skin care all comes down to proper maintenance and good daily habits. Keep that up, and not only will your skin’s condition improve, it will stay that way!