Brighter and healthier skin is the key to a more confident look. Healthier skin gets noticed. People may think there is something different about you or say that you are looking well. They may not be able to put their finger on it, but it is your clear and bright skin that is giving you this fresh look. It can help you look younger too. Here are some essential skin care tips that anyone can use to look brighter, fresher, younger, and more confident.
Get To Know Your Skin
The skin is one single organ, each skin cell connected in a chain to all the others across your body. Get to know your skin, all of it. You may not have noticed a dry patch of skin that can affect its overall health. A small area of skin on one extremity of the body could be what is preventing you from having clearer and brighter skin on the face, scalp, or neck.
Psoriasis is a common dry skin condition and can be difficult to treat if it goes unnoticed. It will usually require a targeted treatment or even a change in diet to help clear up a case of psoriasis and improve the health of the skin as a whole. If you are suffering from patches of red, scaly, dry skin you may have psoriasis and should seek treatment. Severe cases may require a combination of medicated creams and a change in diet.
Have A Cleansing Ritual
Every day, sometimes multiple times a day, you should cleanse the skin on your face. How you do this and what you use to clean the skin may alter between washes, depending on the time of day. Find a base product that suits your skin type. Beware of soap bars, as these can leave the skin incredibly dry after use. Choose a liquid face wash in small amounts to wash and cleanse the skin without drying it.
Washing should always be followed by pat drying with a towel and then moisturizing. You can add other steps depending on the time of day or occasion. For deeper cleanses, use a skin toner to remove the last traces of dirt and grease before using moisturizer. Products that contain Vitamin E or C can have a brightening effect on the skin. Never use bleaches or acids. Even in small doses, these can both be incredibly harmful, especially when used repeatedly.
Make A Monthly Regimen
If you are going to take skin care seriously and put the work into it, you need to have a plan and a strategy. There are three regimens that everyone should have: daily, weekly, and monthly. Skin is like a sponge and stores moisture up long-term, as well as dirt, grease, and contaminants. Skin is also sensitive to the products you use. This is a blessing and a curse.
Over-washing and abrasive cleansing can easily damage the skin, but ingredients with benefits to the skin, such as aloe vera or Vitamin C can be absorbed and stored with ease. Daily skincare should include gentle washing and moisturizing in the mornings and at night. Tone in the evening but not in the morning. Deep cleansing and exfoliating with a gritty, scrubbing facial cleanser will help keep the skin clear long-term. For oiler skin types or when you have a breakout, add an extra weekly deep cleanse.
Once a month, you should have a longer regimen with a few extra steps. Face masks and peels should be used to get deep into the skin to remove grease, dirt, and contaminants. There should also be toning and moisturizer steps. This is a good excuse to try out new products that interest you and could find their way into your daily or weekly regimens.
Moisturize From Within
It cannot be emphasized enough that moisture is the key to healthy, bright skin. No matter what your skin type or age, the moisture levels of your skin determine its condition. There is only so much moisture that can be stored on the surface of the skin, the rest has to come from within. Keeping the body hydrated has many well-known benefits, including regulating your body temperature, helping organs to function, and even preventing infections.
Hydrating the body also hydrates the skin and helps keep it clean. When we exercise or have an elevated body temperature, we sweat. This is part of the body’s cooling mechanism. By keeping hydrated we are giving our bodies an alternative to sweating. Water cools our bodies, and our natural cooling mechanisms use it to reduce our body temperature. Less sweat means clearer skin, and more moisture in the body gives the skin a reservoir to draw upon when it begins to dry. Drinking water is skincare and self-care.
Follow these top tips, and you will see the difference in the mirror within a couple of weeks. Other people will notice too, and let you know about it. With bright, fresher skin, confidence comes naturally.