With winter soon giving way to the warmer months, you want to begin the healing process for your dry skin. Constantly using heat from your furnace and other heating systems can decrease your skin's moisture, giving your face, arms and legs an ashy appearance. Obtain beautiful, radiant and healthy skin with these 7 tips.
1: Are You Cleansing Each Day?
Your skin type will determine how many times a day you should cleanse. For most people, once each evening should suffice. The best practice is to use a cleanser that isn't irritating to the skin such as our Hydro-Minerali Deluxe Radiant Cleansing Cream by Borghese .Those with oily skin may need to cleanse more times as directed by their physician. Use a cleanser and warm water for the best results. The key is allowing the cleanser to sit on your face for a minute or so to give it a chance to break down the makeup, dirt, and oil. In the morning, simply splashing like-warm water on your face should suffice.
2: Increase Blood Circulation
Rejuvenate your skin through exercise to keep it smooth and glowing. Exercise increases your heart rate and blood flow. Increased blood flow delivers oxygen and vital nutrients to the skin while removing unwanted waste at the same time. This overall will improve your complexion.
3: Retinoids Can Work Wonders
Using a retinoid cream every night can make a difference in promoting smooth, glowing skin. Retinoids can either be bought over the counter (as retinol) or obtained through prescription (as tretinoin). They work by boosting collagen (which reduces fine lines) and speeding up cell turnover (which evens out complexion). Beware-those with sensitive skin may experience irritation from using these Vitamin A derivatives, and using a moisturizer prior to applying them can help. First apply the moisturizer and let your skin absorb it for 30 minutes or more. Afterwards, apply the retinoid cream.
4: Sunscreen is Your Skin's Best Friend
The number one way to prevent skin aging is to apply sun screen. No matter how much of a rush you are in, you should place sunscreen on exposed skin if you plan to be out in the sun for several hours. A good idea would be to apply a morning moisturizer with an SPF of 30. For a great quality SPF moisturizer that is paraben-free and fragrance-free, try our La Roche Anthelios 60 Cooling Water Lotion Sunscreen SPF 60 . Here, however, is the key. Plan on re-applying any moisturizing sun-screen every 2 hours that you are outdoors. If you only apply it once, you will lose the protection of the sunscreen after a few hours.
5: Eat Right for Your Skin's Health
Fruits and vegetables contain antioxidants which fight the free radicals your body creates (and that you pick up from the environment). Fish such as salmon are rich in Omega 3 fatty acids. Fatty acids are important because our cell membranes are composed of them. Omega 3's can fortify our skin cell membranes which act as a barrier to keep harmful things out. The overall effect of antioxidants and Omega 3's is to improve conditions such as acne, eczema, and psoriasis by making the skin smoother and more radiant. So be sure to eat a well balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and fish.
6: Hydrate Yourself
Your skin is an organ (like other organs in the body). It is made up of cells which contain water. Without adequate water, it does not function properly. Dehydration can cause the skin to become inflamed, leading to more blemishes, signs of aging and eczema. Drinking water improves your circulation which can remove toxins and lead to more radiant skin. You should drink 8 glasses of water a day-more when you are exercising or when you will be outside in warm weather for long periods of time.
7: Sleep, Sleep, and More Sleep
Sleep has many benefits such as improving alertness, clarity, and focus. It's main benefit on the skin is through reducing the hormone Cortisol which can lead to skin aging and acne.