It’s never too early to start taking care of your skin. But, with so many skin care products and “experts” to confuse us, how do you know what the best skin care routine is? Unfortunately, the best skin care is not a one-size-fits all approach. It’s dependent on a few variables, including age, skin type, and the kind of lifestyle you lead. Yet, there are a few good tips that everyone should live by, and a simple, by comprehensive skin care regimen is usually what provides optimal results.
What Does a Comprehensive Skin Care Regimen Involve?
When I say “comprehensive,” it doesn’t mean a detailed, specific routine. Instead, it refers to an all-encompassing approach to beautiful skin. For this reason, the following tips will provide a holistic means of achieving great skin for a lifetime.
5 Tips for a Lifetime of Great Skin
1. Daytime Moisturizer Must: Sunscreen
First and foremost, every skin care routine should begin with light moisturizer that features a sunscreen containing both UVA and UVB protection. Too much time in the sun can cause pre-mature aging of the skin, but it also does more than that: a good sunburn may burn, crack, peel, and scar your skin, as well as cause skin cancer. Most moisturizers designed for the fact already contain them, but don’t forget about your body, too.
2. Treat Acne with the Appropriate Care
Cases of acne range from very mild to severe, but if you are treating the entire face instead of spot treating where needed, you may end up with overly dry skin, an uneven skin tone and texture, or even cause additional breakouts. When the rest of your skin is doing just fine, it becomes imbalanced when over-dry and tries to compensate by producing even more oil. If a few blemishes tend to sneak up on you, simply spot treat them and cleanse the rest of your skin as normal.
3. Lifestyle and Nutrition
A good skin care routine will consider lifestyle and nutrition as a part of it. Drinking plenty of fluids (water) will help to keep your skin hydrated and clear, flushing out all the toxins from your body and reducing the incidences of outbreaks. In addition, eating plenty of fruits, vegetables, and a little “good fat” is a great way to keep your skin in great shape. Antioxidants, vitamins, and the essential fatty acids that come from the healthy fats (” (like omega-3s and omega-6s) are key ingredients in a recipe for keeping the skin in tip top shape.
4. Cleanse and Exfoliate
A light cleanser should be used daily to remove makeup, dirt and oil from the skin before applying any kind of night cream or treatment. Plus, you should be exfoliating your skin at least twice a week to remove dead skin cells, reduce the chances of blemishes, and give your skin a fresh new glow. Exfoliation may be performed with more expensive skin care systems (with a rotating device that deep cleans), or you can just pick up some apricot scrub for a more wallet-friendly version.
5. Remember That the Eyes and the Face Are Considered Two Different Things.
If you want to get the best results from your skin care routine, you need to keep in mind that different parts of your body require different things. The skin around your eyes is much thinner than on the rest of your face, and the appropriate type of moisturizer must be used to be most effective. Use eye cream for the eyes, and a face moisturizer for the rest.
Regardless of what anyone will tell you about having a good skin care routine, the best skin care regimen is really just one that you can stick to. People spend a lot of time and money seeking great skin, but if you only do it for a week, it won’t help you.
By Jane Lovely