Friday, August 21, 2009
Skin Care Tips
Skin Care Tips Radiant, healthy skin is not impossible! Follow our great skin care tips to get soft, glowing skin every day of the week. Drink plenty of water and eat well There is nothing more important for healthy skin than a healthy you. Keeping your body hydrated will in turn moisturize your skin and give it that radiant look we all want. Leafy green vegetables, fresh fruit and grains will all contribute to healthy skin. And remember, eating oily foods will only make your skin oily too, so try to avoid them! Take care of your skin A daily beauty routine is vital for maintaining healthy skin. Whilst you should be careful not to overdo it and hence dry out your skin, ensuring that your pores are clear and your skin is hydrated should be a regular occurrence. Use a light exfoliant daily, followed by an alcohol-free toner and a good moisturizer. Dead skin cells are what cause your skin to lose lustre and radiance. Regular exfoliation removes dead and damaged cells, revitalizing skin and bringing life back to it. Toner then acts as an antiseptic, cleaning open pores and reducing the risk of infection and a continuing build up of dirt and oil. Moisturize Having a great moisturizer is just about the best skin care tip you will receive. Choose one that is thick and creamy, but also contains zinc oxide and is SPF 50 to protect your skin against aging and damaging UV rays and sunburn. A slightly tinted moisturizer can be a great way to encourage a healthy glow during the summer months. Be sun savvy Sun damage is the number one sign of aging, especially in women. Increased exposure to the sun's harmful rays can cause irreversible wrinkles, dryness and cracked skin. Be liberal in applying a protective moisturizer or sun screen every day, even if you are not planning to be outside. UV rays are extremely penetrative and will burn your skin without you even realizing! There is no such thing as a healthy tan. Protect your skin and stop premature aging. Remove the day to day before bed Leaving makeup on after a long day of perspiring and dashing about can undo all of the good work you've already done! Besides unsightly panda eyes, powder and concealer will clog pores and cause blackheads and a build up of excess oil underneath the skin, leading to breakouts and that awful shiny appearance. Use a cleansing wipe or face wash to gently remove face and eye makeup, making sure you moisturize or apply a night cream afterwards. Voila, a perfect canvas for the next morning! Avoid unnecessary stress and pressure on your body Skin responds to stressful situations, responding with a tendency to break out in pimples or become dry and flaky. To ensure the health of your skin (and you, of course!) try to reduce or remove the stress in your life as quickly as possible. Your skin will also thank you if you refrain from smoking or heavy drinking. Both of these activities will rapidly increase signs of aging and cause some serious long-term damage to otherwise radiant skin. If you can't remove the stressful situation, make sure you are doing everything else in your power to keep your skin healthy. Don't stress out about it though, that gets kind of redundant! Sing! Get active! I say this not only because singing is a great love of mine, but because oxygenating the skin is incredibly beneficial to its glow. In the same way that you feel run down if you don't get enough fresh air or exercise, skin suffers if the flow of oxygen is decreased and begins to look flat and unhealthy. Regular exercise will help to increase the amount of oxygen that is carried around the body, renewing skin cells more often and contributing to fresh and firm looking skin. Make sure you get enough sleep Similarly, your skin needs time to rejuvenate each day. Relaxing the muscles in your face during sleep gives your skin a chance to rebuild elasticity and readily renew cells. Sleeping builds up oxygen levels in your body, and is the cheapest, easiest and most relaxing way to get great looking skin! And remember, we all have days of less than perfect skin. Whether it's because we're pre-menstrual, run down or just feeling a bit lazy, our skin responds to changes in the weather, in routine and in our general wellbeing. It does not need to mean the end of the world. If you do have a bad skin day, just continue with your existing beauty routine and the scary ogre look will pass! Written by Anna for is your premier online source for salon products. This article may be published/reprinted with our permission if you agree not to change the title or content of the article in any way and agree to make all links so that they are active and linkable with no syntax changes.