Maybe you don’t have time for extra skin care, but there are rules that take no more than just remember them!
1. Protect yourself from the sun
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. Always use sunscreen with an SPF at least 15. Reapply every two hours. No matter you use sunscreen always seek shade if you are out between 10 am and 5 pm. You can’t hide your face, but you can protect other parts of your body by wearing long sleeved shirts and long pants. Remember that hats aren’t just for fashion, they protect you, too.
Vitamin C is great antioxidant and protects your skin from free radicals that form on your skin with UV rays. Use vitamin C face cream, or eat more fresh fruit. If you are lack of these two, take vitamin C tablets.
2. Get rid of cigarettes
Yes, this is the hard part. At least you can decrease the number of daily smoked cigarettes (but we all know this is impossible).
Smoking makes your skin look older and contributes to wrinkles. It narrows the tiny blood vessels in the outermost layers of skin, which decreases blood flow. This 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.
Best way to preserve your youth is to quit!
3. Treat your skin gently
Daily cleansing and shaving can take a toll on your skin. To keep it gentle:
- Limit exposure to water, especially hot water. Hot water and long showers remove oils from your skin and leave her unprotected from outer influences. Limit your bath or shower time, and use warm — rather than hot — water.
- Avoid strong soaps. Strong soaps can dry out your skin and can strip oil from it’s surface.
- Gentle dry. After washing or bathing, gently pat or blot your skin dry with a towel so that some moisture remains on your skin.
- Moisturize dry skin. If your skin is dry, use a moisturizer that fits your skin type. For daily use, consider a moisturizer that contains SPF.
4. 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. The association between diet and acne isn’t clear — but some research suggests that a diet rich in vitamin C and low in unhealthy fats and processed or refined carbohydrates might promote younger looking skin.
5. Manage stress
Being on the verge of nervous brake down doesn’t get you anywhere, but it’s a recognizable fact that you should calm down. What about those little stresses that you are not aware of, but fulfill your days?
Uncontrolled stress can make your skin more sensitive and trigger acne breakouts and other skin problems.
6. Sanitize your smartphone
According to a Stanford University study, your phone you can’t keep your hands off of can get more germ-infested than a toilet in a public toilet. The glass touchscreens on mobile devices are very good at spreading viruses and all those germs land right on your cheek and jawline every time you chat away, causing spots and irritation. To keep your phone (and face) bacteria-free, wipe it down with an antibacterial wipe a few times a day.
7. Exclude dairy from your diet
Dairy products—even those that are organic—contain cow hormones that stimulate your oil glands and your pores, leading to acne. Beware of hidden dairy in foods like salad dressing, protein bars, and shakes. And if you have to go there, stick to skimmed milk, Because hormones are concentrated in the fat.
8. Retinol cream
Dermatologist strongly advice to use retinol because it helps skin cell turnover, and boosts collagen production to keep skin firm and youthful. It has great anti-inflammatory effects, which is why it’s as effective at treating acne as it is at treating wrinkles and other signs of aging.
9. Take the beauty sleep
We know, you’ve heard it all before, but it’s called beauty sleep for a reason. Sleep deprivation lowers circulation, which is why you look pale and washed out if you only get a few hours. It’s also the best time to rejuvenate your skin. At night cellular renewal is activated and provides your body nutrients and hydrating ingredients.
Extra advice: if you can’t get enough sleep
For sleepless nights and early morning keep a soy milk in your fridge. Dunk two cotton balls, squeeze the excess and hold them over your eyes. The natural anti-inflammatory reduces swelling while soy proteins hydrate skin to soften the look of crow’s feet. The cold temperature helps shrink swelling and constricts veins to make eyes look less bloodshot.
10. Exfoliate to reduce the enlarged pores (without scrubbing)
Enlarged pores are one of the most common beauty complaints. Pores appear larger when they’re filled with dirt, oil, dead skin cells, and keratin, a protein that lives on the surface of skin. Remove those plugs, and they seem to shrink. To clear out the gunk, start exfoliating regularly with daily applications of salicylic, lactic or glycolic acid. To keep pores from getting even bigger as you age, practice safe sun. Sun damage breaks down collagen, which can affect pore size as well.
With aging the natural enzymes in your skin work less effectively at removing dead skin cells, so they hang on and prevent your skin from reflecting light. That why you may look ashy and gray. Speed up your skin’s cellular turnover and smooth its surface with alpha-hydroxy acids (AHA) like glycolic or lactic acid. Expect some initial stinging at first; it should subside as your skin gets used to it.
11. Neck and chest treatment
Skincare doesn’t stop at your chin. Neglected neck and chest take vengeance by wrinkling, sagging, and displaying dark spots that beg to be hidden by a turtleneck. The skin on these areas is thinner, and doesn’t have a strong blood supply, so it doesn’t heal well. Plus it’s an area that we often forget to protect with sunscreen. When ever you treat your face, treat your neck and chest, too.
12. Remove makeup before bed
Leaving makeup and dirt on skin doesn’t just clog pores; it can cause excessive dryness and even skin dandruff. Don’t forget to thoroughly remove eye makeup too. It can lead to bumpy rashes around the eyes or small white bumps called milia cysts. Try Rinse-Off Eye Makeup Solvent, a gentle, oil-free cleanser that quickly melts away everything from waterproof liner to mascara.
13. Be extra gentle when defuzzing your face
Women with darker skin are especially prone to scaring and spots after waxing and tweezing. Prep your skin before hair removal by washing the area with an antibacterial wash. And to avoid discoloration, make sure to have an aftercare plan that includes anti-inflammatory ingredients to quickly calm skin and help it heal.
14. Good quality sunglasses
If you need an extra reason to buy a new pair of sunglasses, here it is: sunglasses provide more protection against undereye wrinkling and aging than sunscreen. While your eyes are equipped to handle sunlight, the area around them is comprised of the thinnest skin, where most of the signs of aging are. To keep the wrinkles away, choose a pair of polarized glasses that’s wide enough to fully cover the eye area.
15. Drink water
Water helps clear the toxins that cause inflammation and blemishes. It also assists in transporting nutrients and oxygen to skin cells, and preventing dehydration, which can cause premature aging. It can even make skin appear fuller since the hyaluronic acid that naturally exists in skin will pull in and hold the water for a wrinkle-plumping effect.
16. KEEP YOUR HANDS OFF!
After you stop touching your face it may clear up on it self, without using any medications. Picking—even lightly—can permanently damage skin. Every time you press against a pimple, it causes inflammation and distress to the skin. At the same time, bacteria is pushed deep inside the pore, and the oil glands burst, causing even more trauma. The result? More acne, plus discoloration and scarring. If you’re really hooked on popping, leave it to the pros and schedule regular monthly extractions with an aesthetician who knows how to do them safely and gently.