Whether you are on the street, watching television, reading the papers or surfing the net you are bound to bump into a skin care product advertisement. Ads tell you that your skin will be healthier, smoother, softer and clearer overnight with the help of these products. However, the truth is skin care goes beyond lathering on lotions, oils and creams on your skin.
The fundamentals of skin care are actually not very sophisticated. In fact they are quite easy to carry out. The best news is you don’t have to shell out a lot of money by buying almost every skin care product that you see advertised when caring for your skin.
There are 4 founding steps in caring for your skin. These are cleansing, moisturising, protecting the skin from the sun and living a healthy lifestyle. Let us go deeper and discuss these 4 steps one by one.
- Cleansing – The very first step is ensuring that the face is clean. In cleaning your face you have to make sure of 2 things and these are to have a mild cleanser for the face, body wash for your body and the second thing is that you should ensure that the cleanser and body wash you pick out are formulated for your skin type.
- Moisturising – It is best to moisturise the skin after taking a bath or shower. You should never skip on applying moisturiser to prevent your skin from drying out. Everyday your skin loses its natural oils and moisture from washing and sweating. Moisturising helps bring back the natural and essential oils of the skin. A great pick in skin moisturisers is the Argan oil. It is packed with Sterols, Vitamin E, Linoleic acid, Ferulic acid, essential unsaturated fatty acids, Prostaglandins, Carotenoids and Polyphenols. These components of the Argan oil moisturise the skin as well as prevent skin aging. The skin is also protected from the harmful effects of UV rays and free radicals because of these components. One thing you have to remember in picking out a moisturiser is that you pick out the moisturiser that is especially formulated for your skin type.
- Daily Sun Protection – The sun emits UV rays that are actually damaging to the skin. Not only are UV rays responsible for the appearance of wrinkles on the skin they are also known to cause skin cancer. It is important that we keep our skin protected from the damaging effects of UV rays. Most people don’t know this but lathering on sun protection lotion should be a daily regimen and not just when you are off to the beach or out to play outdoor sports. If you are expecting to go out of the house lather on sunscreen lotion at least 15 minutes before doing so. You should also see to it that you use a sunscreen lotion with a minimum of SPF 15. Reapply after heavy sweating or swimming.
- Healthy Living – There are bad habits that damage the skin such as smoking and heavy alcohol drinking. Bad habits are not just limited to smoking and frequent alcohol intake. Lack of physical activity and lack of sleep contribute to skin damage. Unhealthy eating habits and too much stress also damage the skin.
These are the 4 fundamentals of skin care and the great news is they are quite easy to follow.