1. Protect yourself from the sunWe all know, one of the most important ways to take care of your skin is to protect it from the sun. Excessive sun exposure can cause wrinkles, age spots and other skin problems — as well as amplify the risk of skin cancer.
For the most complete sun protection:
- Use sunscreen. Sunscreen protects your skin from ultraviolet rays. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15. When you're outdoors, try to reapply sunscreen every 3 hours — or more often if you're swimming or washing body or perspiring.
- Seek shade. As the sun rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., try to avoid them at that time.
- Use umbrella. Try to take an umbrella with you when you are going out.
- Wear protective clothing. Cover your skin with tightly long-sleeved shirts, long pants and wide-brimmed hats/caps. Also think laundry additives, which give clothing an extra layer of ultraviolet protection for a certain number of washings, or special sun-protective clothing — which is particularly designed to protect ultraviolet rays. Use sunglasses to protect your skin around the eyes from being wrinkled.
2. Don't smokeSmoking is full of faults. Smoking (nicotine) makes your skin look older and contributes to wrinkles. Smoking narrows the small blood vessels in the outermost levels of skin, which decreases blood flow. This reduces the oxygen and nutrients of skin that are essential to skin health. Smoking also damages collagen and elastin — the fibers that give your skin its potency and softness. The recurring facial expressions (you think heroic) you make when smoking — such as pursing your lips when inhaling and squinting your eyes to keep out smoke — can contribute to wrinkles gradually.
The best way to protect your skin is to quit smoking. Remember, nobody ever found a single positive side of smoking. You may read my post 10 Healthy Habits & Tips to Follow Them.
3. Treat your skin gentlyDaily cleansing and shaving can take a charge on your skin. To keep it gentle you can:
- Limit bath time. Excessive warm water and long showers or baths remove oils from your skin. Limit your bath or shower time, and use mild warm rather than hot water.
- Avoid strong soaps. Strong soaps and detergents can strip oil from your skin and make your skin harsh. Use mild cleansers.
- Shave carefully. To protect and lubricate your skin, apply shaving cream, lotion or gel before shaving and wait for few minutes. Use a clean, sharp razor. Shave in the direction the hair grows but not against it.
- Pat dry. After bathing or washing your body, gently pat or blot your skin dry with a towel so that some moisture remains on your skin.
- Moisturize dry skin. If your skin is dry, use a moisturizer that fits your skin. For daily use, consider a moisturizer that contains proper SPF.
4. Eat a healthy dietPerfect medicine. A healthy diet can help you in many ways. Diet has a close relation to skin. Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and foods with proteins. Some researches suggest that a diet rich in vitamin C and low in unhealthy fats and processed or refined carbohydrates may promote younger looking skin. You may read my posts related to diet.
5. Manage stressOver stress can make your skin more sensitive, older looking and trigger acne breakouts and other skin problems. To encourage healthy skin and a healthy state of mind, take affirmative steps to manage your stress. Set reasonable limits, reduce your to-do list and make time to do the things you enjoy. The results might be more fabulous than you expect. Exercise daily as it helps reduce stress. Try to have a nice sleep keeping all your tensions outside the bed.
Good skin care can keep your skin healthy,attractive and glowing for years to come.
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