Skin care goes a long way. When you take care of your skin, youíll look younger for longer.
Cleansing your skin
Never use soap on your face. Most soaps contain harsh chemicals, which dry out skin. Itís far better to use a gentle facial cleanser. You might even want to think twice before using a cleansing cloth. Cleansing cloths are alcohol based, which dry out your skin.
The right moisturizer
Before buying just any moisturizer, know your skin type. To do this, press a tissue to your face. If you see no marks at all, you have dry skin. If you see plenty of marks you have oily skin. If you see marks by the forehead, nose and chin, you have T-zone skin. Buy a moisturizer especially formulated for your skin type.
Hand and body lotion
Using hand cream after your hands have been in contact with water will not only keep the skin supply and younger looking; this type of skin care will also benefit your nails and cuticles.
Body lotion should be applied after every bath or shower.
Ingredients to look for
Whether youíre buying moisturizer, hand cream or body lotion, pay attention to the ingredients on the label. Steer clear of products with a high content of glycerin or petroleum jelly. While both feel rich to the touch, they actually draw moisture to the surface, as such robbing your skin of what it so desperately needs.
What you eat and drink will greatly influence the condition of your skin too. Youíre not doing your skin any favors by eating a lot of fast foods and drinking lots of alcohol. For your skinís sake, eat three healthy meals a day, thus providing your skin with the vitamins and minerals it needs. If you feel like a snack, reach for fruit or nuts.