Good skin care is the basis from which all other beauty routines stem. Maintaining your skin can aid in the prevention of potential skin problems, as well as avert the side effects of natural aging. It’s never too early to start taking care of your skin. In fact, the sooner you start, the greater your skin will look down the line. Check out the Smart Style beauty guides’ tips on getting beautiful, luminous skin.
Moisture Matters – Regularly moisturizing skin will help keep smooth, touchable skin from turning into a scaly creature of the deep. After every shower or bath, pat skin dry rather than rubbing. This will allow water to linger on your skin for added moisture. Next, cover your body and face in your favorite moisturizing lotion to refresh and rehydrate skin.
Extraordinary Exfoliation -Exfoliate once a week to remove dead skin. Moisturizer replenishes and rehydrates most effectively when used on exfoliated skin.
Mild Mannered –Strong soaps have a tendency to strip oil from the skin. Instead, opt for mild cleansers, such as Aveeno Clear Complexion or Cetaphil, rather than scented soaps.
Super Soaker – Routine body cleansing and grooming are essential elements of beauty routines. However, if done daily, these actions can take a toll on the skin. If you love indulging in 30 minute showers or baths, try limiting these to once a week, as prolonged exposure to hot water removes essential oils from your skin. Shortening length of time in the shower or bath, as well as replacing hot water with warm can decrease removal of these essential oils.
Luscious Lips - Lips need just as much attention as the rest of your face when it comes to moisturizing. Apply and reapply lip balm throughout the day. Lip balm helps to seal in the moisture on lips and protect them from outside exposure.
365 Days of Sun Protection –Exposure to the sun can damage the skin causing wrinkles, age spots or dry skin as well as more serious side effects such as skin cancer. Applying sunscreen daily is a must. Apply it prior to your daily makeup regimen. Even better, opt for moisturizers and/or foundations infused with SPF protection to make guarding your skin from harmful rays easier.
Eat Right, Stress Less – A healthy diet and low stress level can help you look and feel your best. Fruits, vegetables, lean proteins and whole grains are great foods for daily consumption. A diet which is low in fats and carbohydrates and rich in Vitamin C, research suggests, can help promote younger, healthier looking skin. Additionally, a high level of stress has the ability to make your skin’s sensitivity increase, triggering skin problems such as acne. Maintain a balance in your life and make time for things you love so you can better manage your stress levels, and enjoy your beautiful skin as a result.
Smokin’ Not – Smoking is bad for your health and for your skin. It’s a major contributor to wrinkles which make skin appear older. The act of inhaling smoke results in the narrowing of blood vessels in the top layers of skin, decreasing the flow of blood and reducing the amount of oxygen and nutrients to the skin. Smoking also affects the strength and elasticity of skin by harming collagen and elastin which are the building blocks of young, healthy skin.