Suboptimal skin care can lead to all sorts of nasty outcomes like acne and dry skin. Proper skin care isn’t something that you typically learn in school, so you need to learn proper technique from somewhere. The tips in this article give practical advice for maintaining healthy, vibrant skin.
Always make sure to wash your face of makeup before going to bed. Not only can this get all over your bedding, but it can harm your skin and either cause acne or aggravate your existing breakouts. It basically clogs the skin’s pores. Your skin needs the night to breathe and repair itself, so this is counterproductive.
After washing your face with a mild soap you should apply a toner. Toners help clean pores and tighten them to prevent dirt and bacteria from entering. Lightly apply the toner with a cotton ball to areas of the skin. Some toners contain alcohol, so it’s best to check with a dermatologist to determine which toner is right for you.
You should apply a moisturizer to the skin after washing and toning. Moisturizers are lotions that lessen wrinkles, soften skin, and reduce dryness. Different skin types require different moisturizers. A person with oily skin should use a gel based moisturizer. A person with drier skin should use a cream or lotion based moisturizer.
If your current day cream or lotion does not contain ingredients to protect your skin from the sun, consider mixing in a lightweight sunscreen. Ideally, your facial products should offer SPF of at least 15. Seek out skincare with sun-loving ingredients like vobenzone, Helioplex, or micronized zinc. These ingredients offer broad-spectrum coverage without affecting the appearance of the skin’s coloring.
Given the number of environmental hazards to which we subject our skin every day, it is amazing we have skin at all. Beating the environment and keeping skin healthy does require some effort, but it need not be a full time job. The tips you just read are a great starting point for a comprehensive skin care plan.