Facial Skin Care Tips

Sometimes finding the right skin care products and routine can be daunting.  There are so many products and remedies available; it’s hard to know where to start.  Many women feel overwhelmed by the amount of information available regarding skin care, and the huge selection of products.  Good daily skin care does not have to be complicated, or expensive.  Here are some facial skin care tips that can help you choose the right products and routine for you and get you out the door in the morning with smooth, clean, younger-looking skin.

Facial Skin Care Tips:

  • Stay away from harsh soaps.  Bar soap is often much too harsh for delicate facial skin. Sodium lauryl sulfate is especially drying to skin.  Use a gentle liquid cleanser to avoid stripping too much oil from the skin.  Products containing ceramides work well to preserve moisture.  Glycerin and plant oils are also good choices.
  • If you have acne blemishes or oily skin, look for products containing salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide. Salicylic acid helps to remove dead skin cells on the surface, while the benzoyl peroxide unclogs pores and works as an antiseptic.
  • Exfoliate your skin twice weekly.  An accumulation of dead skin cells makes it difficult for moisturizers to penetrate the outer layer of the skin.  Scrubs containing oatmeal, sugar or almonds are all good exfoliant.  If your skin is sensitive, stick to mild scrubs containing oatmeal.  Do not exfoliate more than twice a week.
  • Now that you have exfoliated, it’s time for moisturizers.  The skin on your face is constantly barraged by air and pollutants that take the moisture from your skin and accelerate the look of the normal aging process.  There are numerous products available.  Good products have a combination of humectants to add and retain moisture, and emollients to smooth the skin and soften signs of aging.
  • The most important of all the facial skin care tips is to protect your skin from the sun.   Not only does sun exposure increase your chances for skin cancer, it is also the biggest cause of visible aging.   Limit your time out in the sun, particularly during mid-day when the sun rays are the most damaging.  Wear a wide-brim hat if you must be out in the sun.  Women should also make a habit of using sunscreen daily with an SPF of at least 30.  Even incidental exposure to the sun can be quite damaging.  Using a good sunscreen daily will make a big difference in the health of your skin.
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