Taking care of your skin should come second nature to most. It is the largest organ humans possess and a good portion of it is completely visible at all times. This mainly relates to your hands and facial skin, but the same rules can be applied to most parts of the body that require the care. When caring for your skin, you must be sure to wash it in warm water, instead of hot or cold water. Water that is too hot or too cold, has been shown to cause damage to the skin cells. The most common type of damage from hot water is excessive dryness, while cold water can cause wrinkles. Make sure your skin stays moist at all times. If your skin starts to dry out, use some moisturizer or lotion to help bring it back to life. Dry skin can be damaging and can leave your skin looking scarred. Drinking plenty of water can also help you keep your skin moist and healthy. Eating a healthy diet is a very important thing that you can do to take care of your skin. For example, eating foods that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon and avocados, can help decrease clogged pores, dry skin, and inflammation, and improve skin’s youthfulness and elasticity. It is okay to moisturize. Although excess oil can be the cause of acne, many acne medications overly dry out the skin and moisturizers are the best way to remedy this. Just be sure to buy face-specific moisturizers that are labeled “non-comedogenic,” which means that they will not clog your pores. When removing makeup from the face and eye area, take care to avoid excessive rubbing or pulling of the skin. Over time, aggressive makeup removal can damage the skin’s elastin, which is a stretchy, resilient fiber that creates a firm, healthy, and youthful appearance. Instead, use water soluble cosmetics, which can be easily removed without distressing the skin. If you want to pamper your skin on a budget, you should try an at-home facial. The steps in the process are first to cleanse, exfoliate, open your pores, and apply a mask for about 10 minutes. While the mask is on, relax and treat your eyes with either cucumber slices or freshly steeped tea bags. Finally,
rinse the mask and then apply moisturizer to you skin. If you suffer from oily skin, you want to avoid products that add additional oil, and you want to keep your face from making additional oil. Read the ingredients on makeup and face creams to make sure they’re appropriate for your skin type. Also, avoid drying lotions like alcohol-based products, which can stimulate your skin to create excess oil. By taking proper care of your skin you are keeping your body clean and your appearance improving. There is nothing wrong with getting a little dirty, but you need to be able to clean yourself off at the end of the day and feel confident about yourself as you turn off the lights.