Are you too busy to devote your time to intensive skincare? It’s possible to pamper yourself with the basics. Healthy lifestyle choices and good skin care can prevent skin problems and delay the natural aging process. These five simple tips will help you get started.
1. Protect your skin from the sun
Protecting your skin from the sun is one of the best ways to care for it. Exposure to the sun for a lifetime can lead to wrinkles, skin damage, and skin cancer.
The best sun protection is available:
- Use sunscreen. Broad-spectrum sunscreens with at least 15 SPF are recommended. Use sunscreen liberally and reapply every 2 hours if you are swimming or exercising.
- Shade is what you should seek. Avoid the sun between 10 am.m. to 4 pm, when the sun’s rays can be strongest.
- Protective clothing is recommended. Wear tightly woven, long-sleeved, tightly woven shirts and long pants to cover your skin. Consider laundry additives that give clothes an extra layer of ultraviolet protection after a certain number of washings or special sun-protective clothing, which are specifically designed to block UV rays.
2. Don’t smoke
Smoking can make your skin look older, and it can cause wrinkles. The tiny blood vessels that run through the skin’s outermost layers are narrowed by smoking, which reduces blood flow and makes the skin paler. It also reduces the skin’s ability to absorb nutrients and oxygen that are essential for skin health.
Smoking can also damage collagen and elastin, the fibers that give skin strength and elasticity. Additionally, wrinkles can be caused by repetitive facial expressions such as puffing your lips while inhaling or squinting your eyes to catch smoke.
Smoking increases your risk for squamous-cell skin cancer. Stop smoking to protect your skin. Ask your doctor about tips and treatments that can help you quit smoking.
3. Treat your skin gently
Your skin can be affected by daily cleansing and shaving. To keep it gentle:
- Limit your time in the tub. Your skin oils are removed by hot water, long baths, and showers. Use warm water instead of hot.
- Avoid strong soaps. You can get an oily skin from strong soaps and detergents. Use mild cleansers instead.
- Take care when shaving. Before shaving, use a cream, lotion, or gel to protect your skin. A sharp, clean razor is the best choice for a close shave. You should shave in the direction that the hair grows.
- Pat dry. To retain some moisture, pat your skin dry using a towel after you have finished washing your face or bathing.
- Dry skin. Use a moisturizer that suits your skin type if your skin is dry. Consider a moisturizing cream that has SPF for daily use.
4. Eat a healthy diet
A healthy diet can help you look and feel your best. Get plenty of fruits, vegetables, and lean protein. Although the relationship between diet and acne is not clear, some research suggests that a diet high in fish oil or supplements and low-fat or processed carbohydrates may promote younger-looking skin. Hydration can be maintained by drinking plenty of water.
5. Manage stress
Stress can cause skin irritations, such as acne breakouts, and make it more sensitive. Manage your stress to promote healthy skin and a healthy mind. You can get enough sleep, have reasonable limits, reduce your to-do lists, and find time for the things that you love. You might see more dramatic results than you think.
6. Multi-Masking to Meet Your Skin’s Needs
When you multi-mask, you apply different face masks to certain parts of your skin to cater the products to the area’s specific needs. Combining a detoxifying formula on oily areas with a moisturizing one on dry parts of the skin is a favorite combination.
7. Exfoliate Regularly (And Gently).
For glowing skin, exfoliation is key. Your complexion will appear brighter if you remove any dead skin cells. You should not scrub your skin if it appears dull. This can cause skin damage and will not give you the results that you want.
8. Never wear makeup to bed
Even if your day has been exhausting, don’t forget to remove your makeup. If you are prone to falling asleep with your makeup on, it could cause clogged pores and breakouts. Before you go to bed, wash your face with a gentle cleanser. This will remove any dirt, bacteria, and impurities.
9. Use a facial mist
If you’ve seen someone spritzing their face midday and want to get in on the skin-care trend, know that misting is most beneficial when you use a specially formulated facial spray. Many of these products are rich in skin-benefiting minerals, like the Vichy Mineralizing Thermal Water. We also love the Maybelline New York Face Studio Glass Finishing Spray for a dewy glow.
10. Keep Micellar Water and Face Wipes in your Gym Bag
Whether you’ve started to head back to the gym or are still doing at-home workouts, it’s important to wipe any sweat off your face post-sweat. If you don’t wash your face immediately after sweating, dirt, and makeup can build up on your skin’s surface. We always recommend carrying facial wipes like the Garnier SkinActive Clean + Purifying Oil-Free Cleansing Towelettes or a bottle of micellar water for when you need to cleanse on the go.