January 31, 2019
How to Take Care of Your Skin: Follow These 5 Tips
1. Use Skin Protection in the Sun
- Aging and sun spots
- Textural changes
What Kind of Sunscreen Should I Choose?
2. Quit Smoking
- It causes eye bags: Studies have shown that smokers typically sleep less than non-smokers. This could be due to periodic nicotine withdrawals that occur during the night. The result? Bags under the eyes.
- It makes you age prematurely: Smoking narrows the tiny capillaries that keep your facial skin fresh and rejuvenated. When these capillaries are too narrow, your skin becomes less oxygenated. Then, your skin has a harder time recovering from the day-to-day environmental exposure and damage.
As a result, premature textural skin changes that can make you look older than your years, including roughness on your face, and a “chicken-skin” appearance on your neck and arms.
- It damages collagen levels: Collagen is what gives your skin its elasticity and prevents sagging and wrinkles. There are over 4,000 chemicals found in tobacco smoke. These chemicals work together to sabotage your skin’s collagen fibers, giving you premature wrinkles such as crow’s feet (and smoker’s lines, as expected).
- It causes hyperpigmentation: Smoking also causes hyperpigmentation, which is caused by your body producing more melanocytes (pigmented skin cells) than it normally should. The result can be flat, brown “age spots” on vulnerable areas such as your arms, neck, and face; or a blotchy, red pigmentation on the face.
Can You Undo Skin Damage Caused by Smoking?
3. Choose Gentle Products and Routines
What Skin Care Ingredients Should You Avoid?
- Sodium lauryl sulfate
- Artificial or unnamed fragrances
What Are Some Gentle Skin Care Ingredients?
- Hyaluronic acid
- Fatty acids
- Give Your Skin a Break! Constant chemical exfoliation can cause redness, irritation, dehydration, and even scarring if you over-irritate your skin. Exfoliating your skin once per day is more than enough. In fact, many people exfoliate two or three times weekly instead.
Ultimately, your exfoliation routine should depend on your skin type and sensitivity levels, but avoid over-exfoliating at all costs.
- Minimize physical exfoliation. What’s the problem with physical exfoliation? Well, physical exfoliation causes micro cuts on the surface of your skin. These micro cuts are essentially tiny wounds that are constantly healing and re-opening every time you exfoliate.
Common methods of physical exfoliation can be too harsh, such as scrubs with apricot pits, and rough loofahs. Instead, choose a gentle exfoliator (such as a microfiber cloth) and keep it on an as-needed basis.
- Use cool water. Hot water is damaging and drying to the skin, and it can strip away your natural oil barrier. The result? More bacteria penetrates your skin, which means more acne.
On the other hand, cool water causes your skin to tighten up and retract temporarily, giving you a brighter look to start the day—without causing any damage.
4: Exfoliate on a Schedule
How Often Should You Exfoliate?
5. Use Skin Supplements
What is a Good Skin Supplement?
- Vitamin A (also known as beta-carotene)