The Basics of Skin Care

December 16, 2019

The Basics of Skin Care

Our skin reflects our health. Having a great skin is not only a matter of DNA, it involves good, healthy daily habits and proper skin care. Ace the basics and get started with these tips.
Keep it clean. Stop touching your face. Our hands are covered with bacteria, so keep it away from your face especially when you have a zit or infection. Popping a pimple wouldn’t do any good. Wash your face twice a day, one in the morning and one before bedtime. When washing our face, avoid strong soaps as it can strip the natural oil of our skin, leaving it dry and dull. Also, limit your bath time. Long showers or baths also remove oils from our skin. Gently pat dry after bathing with a towel so that you get to keep the moisture on your skin.

Protect your skin from the sun. Block the sun. Limit your time outside or if your encounter with the sun cannot be avoided, make sure to wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen and a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or greater. Seek shade and wear protective clothing. Long sun exposure can cause skin problems, wrinkles, age spots and can increase the risk of skin cancer.
Moisturize. It is inevitable that as we age, our skin becomes drier. Moisturizer traps the water from our skin, so it gives us a more youthful appearance. Skin repairs itself overnight, so retinol and moisturizers are best to be applied in the evening.

Keep a healthy diet. Savor on variety of fruits and vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins. These will help you look and feel best about yourself. Studies also suggest that a diet rich in fish oil helps promote a younger looking skin. Of course, staying hydrated by drinking plenty of water should never be forgotten.
Do not smoke, or quit if you do. Smoking depletes the skin of nutrients and oxygen. It makes our skin dry and pale because it narrows the blood vessels in the outermost layers of skin which then decreases the blood flow. Smoking also contributes to wrinkles and damages the fibers that give our skin elasticity, these are the collagen and elastin.

Get enough sleep. Doze off. When we sleep, our body is at its perfect time to refresh and renew itself. Having enough sleep will encourage a healthy state of mind and skin. It also helps manage stress. Uncontrolled stress has a tendency to make your skin more sensitive and trigger breakouts and skin problems. Take time to for yourself to reduce, if not manage stress. Make time to do the things you enjoy and gives you happiness.

No one has a perfect skin. Each of us has their own unique skin type. Our skin color doesn’t define nor make us as a person. It is how we take care of it that matters. Keep in mind, our skin is the largest organ of our body. It should be given the proper attention it deserves.
Smile, smile often. Nothing beats a happy heart and mind. Laugh, because laughter is and will always be your best medicine. A happy heart and soul will radiate glow. Rememb