Skin care is a tricky area. Some basic care is necessary for good hygiene and basic health. More advanced skin care falls into beauty treatment. And no matter how much money is spent on skin care, there always seem to be even more expensive treatments and products out there. Review these tips to pick up some basic, effective skin care knowledge.
If you use sunscreen to protect your delicate skin, try making your own, by adding pomegranate extract to your diet. Surprisingly enough, there are compounds in pomegranate that can help your skin protect itself from sun damage, even without an extra layer of sunscreen. You can increase your skin’s protection against the sun up to 25 percent, by consuming about 60 mg of pomegranate extract daily.
Avoid fragrances in your skin care products. Many products contain all sorts of chemicals that companies do not have to disclose due to loopholes in laws governing cosmetics. Fragrances are not required to declare their ingredients, and therefore can have any number of toxic chemical mixtures within their formula.
Exfoliate longer, not harder. You should never scrub when using an exfoliant, as these cleansers are made to work without pressure. Doing so can actually damage your skin. Instead, use very gentle pressure, and if you feel the need for extra exfoliation, cleanse for a longer period of time with constant, gentle pressure.
If you have oily skin, then there are products out there for your specific skin type. You should opt for a gel cleanser to absorb oil and use a light moisturizer or serum with included sunscreen specifically labeled for oily skin. At any point in your day, you can also use oil blotting sheets to blot away excess oil to make your skin look and feel less oily.
Make sure you never put on wet gloves or socks. These can be annoying skin irritants and also cause health problems, such as eczema, to re-surge.
To prevent wrinkles and age spots due to sun damage, limit your exposure to the sun. If possible, always apply a SPF 15 sunscreen that will protect your skin from UVB and UVA sun rays especially between the hours of 10 AM and 3 PM. Wear hats and long sleeves whenever possible to limit sun exposure.
Add sunglasses with certified UV protection to your wardrobe, and your eyes will thank you. Sunglasses shield the sun’s rays from damaging the delicate and vulnerable skin under your eyes that sunscreen can’t reach. Plus, wearing sunglasses reduces glare, which makes for less squinting and less wrinkles. Protect your skin and channel your inner Paris Hilton by wearing sunglasses with UV protection as much as possible.
If you are looking for matte skin, follow these simple steps. First, start off your day with a facial cleanser that lists sulfur as its main ingredient. This will keep oil at bay during the day. Second, spot-treat your oily T-zone with over-the-counter blotting sheets. Third, if you use makeup, use powder makeup instead of liquid-based foundation. These oil-bashing tips are especially effective in the summertime.
You get as much out of skin care as you put into it. That applies not just to money – it applies less to money than any other factor, maybe – but to time and research. There are plenty more tips and tricks like these out there, just waiting for you to learn.
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