Taking good care of your skin can be expensive and time consuming. And the same time, however, skin that is healthy and has an attractive appearance is something that all of us desire. If you do not have the time or financial resources to spend at the skincare shop, you can start making your way to better skin by focusing on the basics, like your overall health. Having a healthy lifestyle is something that all of us could benefit from, and it will delay the process of aging to keep you looking healthier and younger for a longer period of time. Here are a few basic things you can do take give your skin that boost it needs.
Protection from the Sun
One of the most fundamental steps you can take to preserving the appearance and health of your skin is to shield it from the sun. Over the course of your lifetime, spending time in the sun will give you more wrinkles and make you appear older. It will also significantly increase the risk of you getting some form of skin cancer. Always use sunscreen with an SPF of at least twenty-five. The higher the SPF, there will be more protection and less damage to your skin. If you are outside for a long time, put sunscreen on every two hours or so. During the hours when the sun is the strongest, between noon and about four, just stay inside or stay in the shade. If you can stand it, wear as much protective clothing as you can. Hats and long sleeve shirts are a good idea in the sun. You can even buy clothing that is especially designed to protect you from the sun.
Smoking and Skincare
Smoking will make you look older and cause your skin to have a more wrinkled appearance. Those little capillaries near the surface of your skin will contract and you experience less blood flow there, which in turn deprives your skin of nutrients and of oxygen. In the end, you will have skin that appears less healthy and older than it actually is. For smokers, there is only one way to protect your skin from the damage it causes. That way is to quit.
Make sure to treat your skin as gently as possible. All those showers and the shaving that is a part of your life take their toll on the appearance of your skin. You can treat your skin more gently by taking short baths or showers. When you are in the shower, you should also try to use warm rather than hot water. Hot water will strip your skin of important oils and dry it out. Some soap may smell good, but they are too strong for your skin’s liking. Soap with a strong fragrance can remove the essential oils from your skin as well. When you shave, be careful and make sure you generously apply shaving cream or some sort of lotion. Always use a very sharp and clean razor. And after you are done with all of that, you can pat your body with a towel to make sure you preserve some of the moisture.