When it comes to skin care, the basics that everyone knows are: Daily face cleansing, Toning, Moisturizing and weekly exfoliation.
However, if you are looking for effective care for your skin, there are some little known facts you should be aware of:
Skin Care Fact #1
All skin types need Hydration. Drinking plenty of water is great for your internal organs and helps to hydrate your skin from the inside out but it is not really accomplishing much alone. Solely drinking lots of water will just make you pee a lot. Drinking tons of water AND eating foods rich in Omega 3 fatty acids really does the job of keeping skin hydrated and supple.
Skin Care Fact #2
When your skin gets dry and cracked, moisturizing helps but exfoliating and THEN moisturizing yields just better results.
Let us put it this way, will you coat a cracked wall with a layer of paint? Of course No. The paint would peel off in no time. Instead, you would want to smooth down the walls cracked surface before painting it. A similar principle goes down with treating dry, cracked skin. First get rid of the old/dead skin cells to reveal the fresh layer of skin before moisturizing it.
Skin Care Fact #3
In winter months, your skin is prone to dehydration due to exposure to indoor heat; especially at night when skin loses the most amount of moisture. Using a humidifier in your bedroom to add moisture back into the air really helps. Also, keep the thermostat or radiator temperature down.
Skin Care Fact #4
Cream moisturizers and lotion moisturizers are both effective but there’s a difference between the two. Creams prevent your skins moisture from evaporating while lotions help your skin look more radiant. Choosing a moisturizer that suits your skin type and colour is must. There is no harm in having both cream and lotion type moisturizers. However, creams retain your skin’s moisture and are most helpful in summer months.
Skin Care Fact #5
An effective Moisturizer must contain water as the first ingredient followed by a light oil as the second ingredient. Mineral oils are too heavy and only sit on top of the skin but lighter oils like Olive oils penetrate the skin layer and moisturize the skin.
Skin Care Fact #6
During all season of the year, keeping your skin protected from sun’s harmful rays is the best way to have healthy skin. Sun might have Vitamin D but the harmful UVA and UVB rays are emitted from sun at all times even during cloudy, windy days. So a sunscreen lotion or cream of high SPF, say SPF30 or SPF 40 has to be applied on the skin at regular intervals. The best sunscreen during summers will be moisturizer based sunscreens which will keep your skin hydrated as well as sun protected.
A healthy skin does not come without cost. Some people are born with it, but environmental factors, hormones changes in females, habits and age work against your skins health and appearance. Slight changes to your lifestyle and skin care routine based on the above mentioned facts, will help you to get healthier, more radiant skin.