Your skin is your coat of armor, something you must properly care for and look after throughout life. Yet, in your youth, you might not have looked after it as well as you could have done. Your past skincare routines or lack thereof become more noticeable as the signs of aging start to appear. The first signs of crow’s feet and brow lines and you find yourself looking for the best creams, beauty regimes, and skin care practices all in a desperate attempt to keep looking fresh and youthful. While it is true that the earlier you start looking after your skin the better, it is certainly never too late to start caring for your skin, and here are a few tips that you should follow regardless of your age.
Never Sleep In Your Makeup
Removing all of your makeup each night is essential. Failing to do so can cause clogged pores, and acne breakouts, as well as exacerbate fine lines and wrinkles. Sleeping in makeup can do damage to the skin. It not only affects your skin it can also cause eye and vision problems. You need to be aware of how eye makeup can affect your ocular health and what you need to do to keep your eyes and skin healthy as long as possible.
Properly removing your makeup is essential to your health as well as to combat signs of aging. To properly remove your makeup and help to unclog your pores you need to use a natural oil-based cleanser such as coconut oil, or grape seed oil. Not only does using oil to cleanse your skin unclog pores and easily remove makeup without all the tugging and scrubbing that damages the skin, but it also serves to hydrate aging skin. To learn exactly how to properly oil cleanse your face, I recommend this video.
After oil cleansing your skin, you want to use a facial cleanser that has ingredients such as niacinamide and retinol. If you have sensitive skin that is prone to rosacea and redness opt for a mild foaming cleanser that has tea tree or buckthorn oil. When using a cleanser make sure you cleanse your face in circular motions for at least 60 seconds. This gives the active ingredients time to actually sink into your skin. You can use your fingertips or reusable make-up remover pads that are machine washable and easier on the skin than hard synthetic clothes.
Moisturizing is Essential
After you have removed your makeup and cleansed your skin you might want to apply your serums and then your moisturizing creams. Generally speaking, serums are designed to target specific issues which are typical tell-tale signs of aging skin. Serums can be targeted to specific areas such as crow’s feet or smile lines or for issues such as skin discoloration and age spots. There are numerous serums on the market to choose from including antioxidant vitamin C serums to matrixyl 3000, argireline, and hyaluronic acid. Serums are generally applied right after cleansing while the skin is still a bit damp. Remember to give the serum time to soak in before applying moisturizing creams or lotions.
After applying serum you then need to moisturize your skin to ensure that it remains hydrated. Creams are used to moisturize the skin and provide much-needed deep hydration to keep the skin looking plump and young. Poor hydration in the skin is one of the biggest causes of fine lines. You should moisturize your skin morning and night opting for a heavier cream at night and a lighter lotion in the morning.
Remember, when applying your serums and moisturizers pat it into your skin as opposed to rubbing it. Rubbing and tugging on your skin will only add to more looseness and wrinkles. Be gentle with your face, especially around the eye area.
Always Apply SPF Sunscreen
If you want to keep your skin looking as youthful as possible then you want to protect it from the sun as much as possible. UV rays are one of the biggest causes of fine lines, wrinkles, and dark spots. We are not saying you should stay inside and avoid the sun at all costs, quite the opposite. Vitamin D exposure is vital for your wellbeing. When you do go out be sure that you have a sun hat that can cover your face and sunglasses to protect your eyes and of course sunscreen. When looking for sunscreen find the highest SPF values you can. To ensure that you are adequately protecting your face from the sun find a moisturizing lotion that also includes sunscreen and make it part of your daily morning skincare routine. This ensures that you never forget to apply sunscreen to your face before venturing out. Also, if you regularly wear makeup look for a brand that includes an SPF sunscreen.
We have talked at length in this post about your facial skincare needs but don’t forget your body. All of your skin needs to be hydrated, moisturized, and protected from the sun in order to keep it looking youthful longer. Also, make sure to drink your water. The best way to hydrate your skin is from the inside out. Drinking the right amount of water each day does wonders to keep your skin looking healthy and young.