When it comes to skin, you do not have to know everything – you just have to know what skin type you are and your concerns. A licensed dermatologist is the best person to bring any questions you may have on your skin. A couple of note worthy websites to check into are www.justanswer.com/medical/dermatology (a paid advice site) and www.webmd.com, under the Healthy Living/Skin and Beauty Community. You can even go to your favorite product’s website. For example: www.stivesbeauty.co.uk (St. Ives) Neutrogena and Oil Of Olay have skin consultations for their product lines. Oher great product sites are: www.dermalogica.com and www.pcaskin.com, perfect for your much needed answers.
In other words, it is time to get to know your skin. Take the time to look at your skin at different times of the day, looking for oiliness, dry patches, break-outs and the areas they occur and red splotches. Prevention is key when it comes to the skin. Generally, most of us never worry about our skin until we notice things that we do not like about its suface; then it becomes about repair.
One beauty rule: Cleanse the face once in the morning (unless you forget to double cleanse the night before, we all do it on occassions) and twice in the evening before bed. If you work an evening position, then of course reverse this process. The reasoning is that if you are in for the evening then there is no need to re-cleanse your face as harshly as at the end of your day. You are just wiping off the excess oils of the evening with a mild cleanser then apply your products, then your moisturizer with sunscreen. Why the double cleanse at night? Well, the first have to remove the surface dirt, oils or make-up before you may actually cleanse your skin. The second actually cleanses the skin and your pores in preporation for the products.
For perfect blemish-free skin there are products for different types of skin such as oily, dry, sensitive and combination skin, find one with Benzoyl Peroxide. First, remove of the days grim from your face then use a Benzoyl Peroxide wash to cleanse the entire face and neck surface also use as a spot treatment on the more pronounced blemishes. Number one rule “STOP PICKING AT YOUR FACE!” Your hands touch all sorts of germs throughout the day. When you touch your face they stay there and multiply to cause all sorts of problems.
Aging skin is a similar to the rest products go by skin type. Start preventive skin care around thirty or thirty-five depending on the genetics of how your family ages. Find one that suits your skin type and your budget. Note: you only need about a dime size of product at the time of use, so that should also configures in the pricing. Except for treatment products then it is less per application. Example: a bottle of my favorite cleansers it is roughly $35 and $51: they last about 3 months so that puts me at about $11 and $17 a month. That is about the same as most otc products.
Now for some of things the box does not tell you: Cleanse twice, a lot of product, about the size of a dime or a nickel will do (just add a little water to work it around your face and neck). Some people even use a cheaper cleanser first because it just has to remove the dirt and grime of the day. Then use the better product for the second cleanse. Use a facial scrub at least 3x and a mask 2x a week. Use a heavier moisturizer at night than during the day, again only a dime size will do. Ladies use a nickel amount because you have to apply to the upper chest area.
In this life sunscreen should go on the entire body. No one thinks to put it on their legs when wearing a skirt or shorts but the sun still shines on them as well. No less than 30 SPF put on multiple times a day. Personally, when I put lotion on my hands, I spread some on my arms that are not covered by clothes and my legs as well. All my lotion has a SPF of some kind in it, if not when I buy it then I mix it with my SPF at home.
If you’re a smoker or sun-aholic then healthy skin is just a little harder to obtain, but with the use of daily Moisture esp. after tanning it is possible. Both dry the skin out, smoking also suffocates your skin, so the best idea is to stop. I was a smoker and I love the outdoors so I am out in the sun as well, I cannot seem to stop myself. So, using a scrub on the whole body and moisturize while the skin is damp so that it will hold all moisture possible.
Words to the wise: Slather on some sunblock every day. Sleep at least 6 hours a night. And for the ladies; let the skin breathe once in a while. You are beautiful even without make-up. Maintain a healthy diet; these things are a must in order to attain the healthy glowing younger looking skin everyone craves. You only get one skin so the better you take care of it the better you will look in the long run and it is never too late. We spend the first forty years exploring and learning about life, the next forty is spent repairing the damage done in the process of growing up.