Don't overlook these important skincare tips
The skin is the largest organ in the body and performs a variety of important physical and physiological functions. Your skin is also constantly changing as old cells are shed and replaced by new cells. Over time, or with poor care, however, the new cells aren’t quite as good as their counterparts, which leads to the appearance of wrinkles and other problems. While there is plenty of advice available on how to best take care of your skin and plenty of anti-aging products on the market, people seem to forget the very basics. Here are the top skin care tips that we tend to forget!
Use A Quality Makeup Foundation
If you are using foundation and other makeup, make sure that you are choosing good quality products. Some makeup still contains ingredients that are considered questionable for your skin’s health such as parabens and formaldehyde. In addition, your skin type may get along better with some foundations than others, so make sure you choose a foundation for oily skin or for dry skin if those are your issues. When in doubt, go for trial and error or ask your dermatologist for recommendations. While you are looking, you should also make sure that your foundation offers a bit of sun protection even if you aren’t planning on spending too much time outdoors.
Wear Sunscreen To Protect Your Skin
It is well known that unprotected exposure to the sun is dangerous, especially in tropical climates. Yet, many people seem to forget to apply and reapply sunscreen when they head out for their outdoor adventures. Even worse, some individuals skip the sunscreen entirely and go for tanning oil which offers little to no SPF protection and can worsen a sunburn. A single exposure can leave you with red, flaky skin while getting into the habit of skipping sunscreen leads to leathery skin, sunspots or even skin cancer.
To protect yourself, make it a point to wear sunscreen whenever you go outside for long periods of time even if your skin is naturally dark. If you are hiking or at the beach, bring extra sun protection such as a hat or umbrella. It’s also worth noting that some areas of your body such as your face need extra protection from the sun, so make sure you reapply your sunscreen as you sweat or swim.
Hydrate Inside And Out
Whether you have dry or oily skin, hydration will help it stay healthy and delay the aging process. Drink plenty of water throughout your day and increase your intake if you are planning to be out in the sun or will be drinking alcohol. Likewise, you should invest in a skincare product that has a good hydrating agent such as hyaluronic acid.
Eat Well For Your Skin
Eating a balanced diet will help improve your overall health and it will also help ensure that your skin remains in good condition. Remember that your skin is constantly shedding and remaking cells and the fuel and material for this process come from the foods that we consume.
Take Off Your Makeup Before Bed
This is another tip that is pretty much universal. However, the list of excuses that people have for not complying with this important guideline can often rival the list of reasons for why this particular practice is so beneficial. In most cases, the major problem is consistency. To truly care for your skin, you need to commit to taking off your makeup before you go to bed every night —not just sometimes. This includes all of your foundation, your eye makeup, and even your lipstick or lip stain. Leftover makeup can mingle with skin oils and clog your pores which, ultimately, leads to breakouts and overall dirty skin.
Traveling, especially if it’s for vacation, often gives people a break from their daily routine. While switching things up and getting time off work is great, the change isn’t always good for your skin. If you are traveling, whether it’s for business or vacation you want to keep your skincare routine as close to regular as possible. It is also helpful to bring a small bag with essentials including makeup wipes and moisturizer with you as you travel — especially if you are planning to fly.
Remember, it’s never too early or late to start taking better care of your skin.