May
2
2011

Be Kind To Your Skin

We all want gorgeous, perfect skin that glows with health and we put ourselves through a sometimes rigorous beauty regiment in order to get that flawless look. But did you know that some of the things that you do to make yourself more beautiful might actually be harming your skin? Here are some do’s and don’ts to keep in mind when you are planning your own beauty treatment.

Don’t

Go to bed at night without cleaning your face. Hey, we’ve all done it: You get home late and throw yourself across the bed without washing your face. This, however, gives your makeup a chance to clog your pores all night. If you can’t muster up the energy to do a full wash every night, keep some pre-moistened makeup removers on your bedside table and wipe off with those. Your skin will thank you.

Pick your face – unless you want to wind up with scars, of course. Picking your face only spreads infection and makes things worse.
Smoke. It’s just one more reason to quit – your skin can become dull and dry from the toxins in cigarettes causing decreased oxygen flow to your skin. Also, you can get wrinkles from the repeated action of inhaling. Crow’s feet, wrinkles around the mouth, and frown lines are more prevalent in women who smoke.

Over dry your skin – if you have oily skin, you’re probably using products to rectify that. But what you may not realize is that dry skin can also cause breakouts and clogged pores. Use a gentle cleanser daily and any harsher products every other day or a couple of times a week.

Do

Use moisturizer. A good facial moisturizer can work wonders on your skin, and you will take years off. Keeping your skin hydrated is one of the best things that you can do to maintain luscious-looking skin. And don’t skip this even if you have oily skin; there are moisturizers available made specifically for your skin type.

Wear sunscreen every day. This is the single biggest mistake many women make, and I know you’ve heard this advice before. Use a broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection product, even if it’s cloudy. And don’t think that the protection in your makeup is good enough – it’s not. It’s a light covering that tends to slide during the day, and you need something to really protect you. Don’t forget your chest, either – women typically forget that area, and it’s as prone to sun damage as your face is.

Exfoliate – but do it gently. Stay away from harsh exfoliatants and use something gentle because over-exfoliation can actually cause your skin to look worse. You don’t want to end up with dry, reddened skin, and it shouldn’t burn when you do it.

Give your products a chance to work. Many women get frustrated with their skin care and stop when they don’t see it working immediately. But just like many other things, patience comes to those who wait: Unless you’re experiencing breakouts, extremely dry skin or other problems, wait at least six weeks to see if it’s working before switching to something else.

It’s not complicated; these are just a few smart things you can do to make your skin look years younger for years longer. These simple tips can give you flawless, radiant skin. What are some of the smart things you do daily to ensure that your skin stays beautiful? Let us know in the comments below.

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