People spend hundreds and thousands of dollars each year on skin care products. Skin is usually one of the first things someone notices about you when they meet you. Dry and flaky skin can therefore cause a bad first impression. It can also be itchy and irritating a lead to host of other problems including scarring and rashes.
However, you don’t necessarily have to spend hundreds of dollars to take care of your skin. Doing simple things like drinking plenty of water each day can make a big difference. Also remember to wash your face a couple times a day and remove all makeup before going to bed. Use a gentle toner on your skin after each time you wash. Consider some other cheap ways to make sure your skin stays healthy.
If you are a smoker, it will be difficult to keep a good skin quality. It causes wrinkles and generally makes you look older. Smoking has the effect of narrowing blood vessels throughout your body. When this happens in the outer layers of the skin, blood can’t transport oxygen and other essential nutrients to keep your skin fresh and healthy. If you have smoked for a long time, you will start to notice wrinkles on your face due to the facial expressions you make when smoking. If this is a problem for you, one of the best things you can do for your skin is to kick the habit. Not to mention the benefit to your mouth and lungs.
What you put in your body can have a large effect on what shows on the outside. Make sure to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. These provide essential vitamins including vitamins A, B, and C. Also try to get plenty of exercise. In addition to leading to overall good health, exercise helps reduce stress. Stress is one of the leading causes of breakouts and other skin problems. Take time to relax and release stress throughout each day.
Treating your skin harshly can lead to a number of problems. You might think you are helping by washing your face ten times a day, but this will actually do more harm than good. Limit the time you spend in the shower or bath, because long exposure to hot water can remove important oils from your skin. When you do take showers, don’t use soaps or deodorants that are too strong. When you get out of the shower pat dry instead of rubbing yourself down. This allows some moisture to stay on the skin.
It’s also important to shave correctly. Before your daily shave, use some type of cream or lotion to lubricate the skin. Also, shave in the direction the hair grows. Shaving incorrectly can irritate the skin and lead to breakouts or rashes.
Of course if you suffer from dry skin, find a moisturizer that works for you. You may have to ask around or experiment with different types to find one that your skin agrees with. Also consider moisturizer with SPF to protect you from damage that can be caused by the sun.
About the Author: Paisley Hansen is a freelance writer for LiveTRu and expert in health and beauty. When she isn’t writing she can usually be found reading a good book or starting a new craft