When we think about beauty – having clear and glowing skin usually springs to mind. That’s because healthy skin is often associated with youth and good health. The truth is that very few people are born with near perfect skin – most have to work hard to keep their skin looking great. The good news is that with some experimentation and persistence, anyone can have beautiful and glowing skin.
First of all, it’s very important to know your skin type. This will be one of the main factors when deciding which skin care products and treatments to use. There are certain factors that can influence or even change your skin type over time. These include things like diet, exposure to sun, extreme stress, lack of sleep and aging. There are three main skin types:
- Dry skin – appears flaky, dehydrated.
- Normal skin.
- Oily skin – appears greasy and shiny most of the time.
And then there are people with a combination of both dry and oily skin. This is actually quite common and requires careful use of a mix of different skin care products.
Ok, let me give you some essential skin care tips that you should adhere to daily.
1. Don’t forget to properly clear and moisturize your skin.
Wash your face daily using warm (but not hot) water and cleanse it using a suitable cleanser. People with oily skin should use clear cleansers, while those with dry skin normally opt for creamy cleansing solutions. Don’t overdo it though – using a face wash once per day right before bed is usually enough.
If you have dry and flaky skin, using a good moisturizer can make a massive difference. Be careful not to over use it though, because that can clog up pores and cause various other skin problems, such as acne breakouts!
2. Protect your skin from the sun.
Sun’s ultraviolet (UVA and UVB) rays are extremely damaging to the skin. Most people don’t realize it, but these harmful rays can penetrate through clouds and are equally as dangerous both in summer and winter. Always wear adequate sunscreen when outside, and make sure that it suits your skin type well.
3. Quit smoking and eat healthy foods.
It’s well known that tobacco smoke speeds up the aging process of the skin, creating wrinkles and facial lines. Smoking is also extremely damaging to your health in general.
Eating a lot of foods that are loaded with antioxidants can help your body repair and prevent the damage done by free radicals. Some of the best food sources for this are green, leafy vegetables and all kinds of citrus fruits.
It’s important to remember that proper skin care requires consistent effort. There are loads of fun and enjoyable ways to look after your skin – check out Club Cleo for some more innovative ideas.