Even if you’ve never taken care of your skin, You should start it now. It’s not too late. Your skin starts to age when you are only in your late 20s, though you may not see it. Your favorite products may not work as well any-more. Your daily habits, genes and the sun cause these changes. So don’t wait! Now you may want to ask a dermatologist how you can get smoother and softer skin, whatever your age.
Use a Gentle Cleanser
Choose a creamy one for the dry, or an oil-free, foaming one for oily skin. For sensitive skin, talk to your dermatologist about how to avoid irritation. You should always wash with warm or cool water. Hot water can strip away your skin’s natural moisture. Pat your face dry, don’t rub it.
Moisturizer for Your Face
Moisturizer improves and protects your skin. Even if you have oily skin or breakouts, you can use an oil-free, lightweight moisturizer every day. For dry skin, you may need to put on moisturizer multiple times a day. Pat it on while your skin is still damp to seal in moisture.
Wear Sunscreen Every Day
Your skin need sun protection during daylight hours, no matter if you’re staying indoors or it’s overcast. The sun’s rays can pass through clouds and windows and you’re always exposed. If yours doesn’t, look for a sunscreen with broad-spectrum SPF of at least 30. Don’t forget to cover your lips, too! And if you sweat or are outside for a long time, you should reapply sunscreen to stay protected.
Scrub Away Dead Skin
Exfoliate to help your skin glow. You should buff off dead skin cells gently with a spinning brush, soft washcloth, or scrubs with synthetic beads. For dry skin, exfoliate once a week. If you have oily skin, do it twice a week. If you have acne or sensitive skin, talk to your doctor first. Exfoliating might irritate your skin.
Reveal a Fresh Layer of Skin
Many skin care products have ingredients that get rid of dead cells to uncover the fresher skin underneath. Acne medicines and anti-aging products may have salicylic acid or retinoids, e.g. You can also get microdermabrasion or a chemical peel to slough off dead cells. Both are available from doctors and in at-home formulas.
Organic Is Not Always Better
There’s no scientific proof that organic or all-natural skin-care products and cosmetics are safer for your skin. Some time, they may irritate it, especially if you have sensitive skin. Like many skin-care products, “natural” ingredients may cause rashes or allergic reactions in some people. Test them first on a less noticeable area and then use.
Keep the Glow Going
Don’t smoke. It ages your skin and encourages wrinkling.
Eat lots of vegetables, fruits, lean protein, and whole grains for healthy skin.
Exercising helps your skin by increasing blood flow. And sweating flushes out dirt from your face.
Stress can make your skin more sensitive and worsen breakouts. Find ways to de-stress.
Stay out of the sun. Get a fake tan if you want more color.
by Abigail Mason
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