Healthy Younger Looking Skin Starts With 7 Simple Steps

In: Health and Fitness

26 Jul 2011

We all have good intentions when it comes to skin care. There’s no argument about what we need to do to take care of our skin – cleansing, exfoliating, toning, and moisturizing.

During the course of our daily routine, somehow our skin care falls to the bottom of our priorities. With this hit-and-miss approach to skin care, our once healthy youthful looking skin suffers. The results we see are disappointing to say the least. But, you can regain your bright glowing skin again by following these 7 simple daily steps:

1. Follow a Skin Care Regimen Every Morning – Believe it or not, many people start their day with a quick splash of water and little more. A good thorough cleansing means washing twice with a cleanser that compliments your skin type. Follow up with products for toning and moisturizing. Be sure to ask your dermatologist or esthetician about the products that best suit your skin’s needs.

2. Apply a Good Sunscreen Every Morning – We now know that sunscreen is not just for the beach but must be applied each and every day. Sun damage is cumulative; that daily exposure walking from your car to the office, driving, and all those little moments we spend each day outdoors adds up to sun damage. It is believed that 95% of skin’s aging comes from sun damage caused by these tiny doses of the sun’s rays. The easiest method to apply sunscreen every day is to use a good moisturizer with SPF built right in. Ask your esthetician for suggestions for products.

3. Drink Water Throughout the Day – Water has a dual purpose when it comes to skin care. The most obvious is that water plumps the skin from within. Your skin can’t stay moist, firm, and elastic without water supporting it from below the surface. Drinking plenty of water all day long also flushes toxins out of the body before they have a chance to cause damage to your skin. Don’t wait until you get thirsty to drink water; thirst is a sign that dehydration is already happening. Keep water handy all day and be sure to consume at least eight to ten big glasses before nightfall.

4. Include Fresh Fruits and Vegetables At Every Meal – Don’t let a meal or snack go by without adding the much needed antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and fiber that fruits and vegetables deliver. Give your skin a treat each morning with a handful of blueberries or other antioxidant-rich fruit. Make lunchtime the right time to promote your healthiest possible skin and body with a plate of fresh raw vegetables in a salad with a sprinkling of almonds or walnuts on top. Dinnertime is the perfect time to try your hand at grilling or roasting a variety of vegetables. And, when dessert is called for, don’t forget a bowl of mixed fruit will satisfy a sweet tooth and your skin at the same time.

5. Follow a Skin Care Regimen Nightly – Your skin has dealt with all those nasty elements out there all day long. It’s time to give it some special attention. Even if you don’t wear a lot of foundation or eye makeup, your skin needs cleansing and moisturizing. Talk to your dermatologist or esthetician about nightly skin care products that fit your skin type and your budget. With just a few items, you can soothe and quiet your skin and get it ready for rest.

6. Professional Cleansing and Healing Facials – Your skin care specialist is your best source for information about products for your particular skin type. Plan to include a regular deep cleansing, exfoliation, and healing facial in your routine professional skin care for optimum skin health. When you work with a profession esthetician on a routine basis, he or she will watch for changing conditions and will be able to advise you on techniques that will help you maintain healthier skin. A visit to your esthetician once a month is recommended, but if this doesn’t fit your schedule or budget, plan a visit at least every 6 to 8 weeks. Your esthetician can make sure you are on track with your home skincare regimen and will take care of any problems that may arise.

7. Relax and Relieve Stress – Stress is the secret cell destroyer. Not only does stress undermine the immune system, it thwarts all your best efforts at boosting antioxidants, both internally and externally. While you’re busily ingesting antioxidants and applying them to your skin, stress is laughingly overthrowing all your advances. Take the effects of stress seriously and plan your attack to relieve stress so your skin, and its supporting tissue, can rebuild and regain health.

Your skin won’t wait for you to make up your mind to start a skin care regimen – it will just go right ahead and keep aging. But, with the help of a skin care professional to guide you, you can choose the right products and skin care regimen that suits both your skin and your budget. Your skin will be at its healthiest and most youthful when you follow these basic methods. Start today and enjoy a lifetime of great skin!

 

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