The skin is the largest organ of the body. It is also the only organ exposed to all the extremities of the world ranging from toxic gases, heat, sunlight, UV rays, chemical, etc. With the skin keeping internal organs and parts protected, it too needs some love and proper care. Making it a habit of taking adequate care of your skin is the first step to maintaining a smooth, radiant, and youthful skin for longer.
To many people, merely taking a bath or washing your face every morning and evening is enough for their skin. While this is necessary, you need to do more than take a shower to ensure your skin maintains its youthful look. Eating right, applying sunscreen, and bathing are some of the essentials of healthy skin. Outlined below are a few tips and ideas on how to look after your skin.
1. Wash Your Skin Properly
There’s more to washing your skin than just splashing it with water. You need to do it right to remove dirt, excess oils, and dead skin from the same without scrubbing too hard. This is particularly important when washing your face, hands, and legs.
You need to wash your skin at least twice every day. This however doesn’t include when you need/have to use a facial cleanser to wipe your face clean. In addition to facial cleansers, experts recommend using makeup removers to help get rid of your make-up at the end of the day. As a rule of thumb, you should never sleep with make-up on. A moisturizing compound and toner will also come in handy in helping maintain a smooth and even skin tone. Do not forget to work on your neck and shoulders as well.
Your face requires lots of tender care as compared to the rest of the body. To be on the safe side, consider washing your face with lukewarm water. Lukewarm water is recommended for it reduces chances of washing away natural body oils and moisture. Never use hot water to shower or wash your skin to avoid dry skin in the long run.
2. Post-washing Habits
What do you do immediately after washing your face or taking a shower? Most people will use their towels to scrub the face and the rest of the body with. Although this helps wipe off the water fast, this is not the right way to do it. Instead of using the regular towel to dry your face, go for softer clothes or gently pat it with the towel. Pat-drying is not only gentle but also enables the skin to absorb some of the moisture, hence stay moisturized for longer.
Once done drying the skin, apply a moisturizer, facial cream, and lotions. These products help enrich the skin with a few vital/essential nutrients as well as moisture. Remember to apply a fresh layer of sunscreen if/when heading out. Some of the best lotions on the market today come with sunscreen included.
Dead skin tends to build up over time giving you a dull look. Dead skin can also clog skin pores, one of the reasons you need to exfoliate once in a while. Exfoliation helps remove dead skin and dirt from skin pores. You can use loofah, scrubs, or creams to exfoliate. Be careful to use the appropriate exfoliating agent or method for your skin type. You’ll also need to be extra careful when working on your face.
3. Proper Nutrition
Proper nutrition is not only crucial for your health and well-being but also plays a huge role in skin health.
Most of the nutrients contained in the foods you eat (proteins, antioxidants, vitamins, etc.) are used up by skin cells to maintain a radiant skin. Switching to a nutrition and healthy diet plan is therefore recommended for the good of your body, and especially the skin. Some of the foods you need to add to your diet plan include green leafy vegetables, lean meat, fresh fruits, root tubers, and nuts.
Water is needed for a healthy skin. You need to take at least 8 glasses of water every day to help keep body cells well hydrated throughout the day. You may even need to drink more water on hot summer days. Water is also needed to flush out toxins from body cells through sweating and other methods.
Foods high in antioxidants are recommended for healthy skin cells. Antioxidants play a crucial role in fighting toxic compounds from skin cells. Some of these toxins may be as a result of pollution, dirt, and if leading a stressful life. Adding oranges, berries, kale, spinach, carrots, pumpkin, tomatoes, blueberries, etc. to your diet plan would help keep body cells hydrated and free of toxins.
Essential fats and oils are also needed for proper skin cell development. Although many people try to avoid fats and oils in their foods, focusing on the right fats is good for you. Healthy sources of fats include fatty fish, nuts, eggs, avocado, olive and such.
4. Avoid Skin Care Products With Harsh Chemicals
Don’t just use any popular skin care or beauty product you can find. Some of the products are loaded with harsh chemicals that do more harm than good. This includes products that claim to be ‘all-natural’ and organic. The only way to determine what is safe, and what is not, is by reading the fine print. You however need to discern which ingredients are safe, and those that aren’t.
Some manufacturers will claim that their products are organic but still use harsh chemicals to make them ‘more effective.’ Checking the ingredient’s list, reading reviews, and looking for organic-only products is one way to stay safe in this industry. If the product and ingredient base overwhelm you, you can always seek help from a certified dermatologist.
The reason you need to stay away from beauty products with harsh chemicals is that these chemicals are absorbed directly into skin cells, which at times changes the cell structure and health. Simply applying a product with heavy metals in it introduces the same to the bloodstream. The effects of these chemicals are felt many months after using the product.
Going for skin care products made from pure organic and natural ingredients is your best bet. Natural products are not only safe for your skin but also promote good health. Some of these products contain the essential nutrients and elements needed for healthy skin cell development.
Skin care products made of pure ingredients are considerably more effective than those made of chemicals. Attempting to heat or cook some of these products renders them less effective than they were in their purest form. You also need to be careful with preservatives added to some of the skin care products on the market today. Only pure and unrefined skin products are recommended for a healthy, radiant, and smooth skin.