Happy Fall Skin Ravers!
Today I want to share some reminder tips to help keep your skin looking its best. With work, family, school, life gets hectic and we sometimes neglect our skin as a result. By remembering some simple steps in your regimen, clearer, glowing skin can be yours.
- Maintain A Good Cleansing Regimen With Appropriate Products For Your Skin Type
Clogged pores filled with dirt, oils, bacteria, pollution and make-up can lead to break outs so it is important to have a good cleansing regimen to keep those pores CLEAN so they visually appear small. Cleansing at least once a day is a good general rule of thumb to follow, but if skin is excessively oily, you might need to find a cleanser specific for oily skin, wash twice a day, or even consider using a toner to help remove excess oils. Be mindful of the products you use and how they affect your skin. Is that new eye cream you’re layering on the cause of your milia or acne outbreak?
With the change in seasons, you may notice skin changes along with it. Get to know your skin. Is it oily, dry or both? Adjust your products to match what your skin needs.
- Incorporate Gentle Exfoliation
Skin cells are always cycling and maturing and as we get older, this process slows down. Even if you do this once a week, gentle exfoliation in your skin care regimen will help remove dead cells and clean pores, allowing for better absorption of your nourishing skin care products.
- Stick To Your Prescribed Regimen
If you have a skin care regimen specifically prescribed by your dermatologist or skin therapist, it's best to follow it through step by step and in its entirety (meaning all of the products). If you skip out on one cleanser and add your own moisturizer, the regimen that's supposed to help clear your acne just might not.
- Use Daily Sun Protection
If you already have fabulous glowing skin, protect it! Daily sun protection is a must for fighting the harmful effects of Ultraviolet light radiation (UVR). Not only does UVR damage cells and cause DNA mutations, it can ultimately lead to skin cancer and sun damage including wrinkles and sunspots! (Oh no!). The American Academy of Dermatology recommends generously applying a broad spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or more to all exposed skin, reapplying it every 2 hours and wearing it even when it’s cloudy outdoors. Leave a tube of sunblock where you get ready in the morning or in your purse for times when you’ve already run out the door to stay protected.
- Leading A Balanced Life
Okay for those saying “C,mon, give me a break?”…you know this to be true. Leading a more balanced life with less stress, more sleep, a healthy diet and exercise will lead you to clearer, beautiful skin. Stress can wreak havoc on your skin via the release of hormones. It can aggravate skin conditions such as Psoriasis, Eczema, Seborrheic Dermatitis and the horrible one, acne! Not sleeping enough also causes the body to feel stressed which can jump start the stress - hormone cascade. Maintaining exercise helps to keep the heart and blood flowing throughout your body and to the largest organ, (your skin) as well as relieve stress and promote sleep.
- Be Mindful Of Your Diet
Eating a diet that’s healthy, with a variety of fruits and colorful vegetables helps to obtain the necessary minerals, nutrients and antioxidants to keep the body and skin layers strong. Buy and consume organic when possible to reduce the amount of chemicals that enter your body. Cut out processed foods if possible and try to maintain sugar levels to avoid spikes. Drink enough water and fluids to stay hydrated as well as to flush toxins out. Reduce your sodium intake. As Americans, we consume waaaaaaayyyy too much salt. Too much sodium can result in water retention which can translate to puffiness around the eyes and face.
- Cut out the smoking
Nicotine constricts blood vessels thus reducing blood flow to the cells of your body and reducing nutrients and oxygen to the cells. Some of the chemicals in tobacco compromise collagen production which directly affects wrinkle formation and sagging of skin. If you wish to cut out premature aging and wrinkling, then leave out the smoking. It can make you look years older!
What's one thing you do to maintain clearer, glowing skin.
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Have a great weekend Skin ravers!