How to Have Perfect Skin
If you want to know how to have (near!) perfect skin, you are not
alone. No one likes to look in the mirror in the morning to see a new
pimple, dark circles under the eyes, or a new wrinkle. Here are some
suggestions that may help you avoid some of the common skin problems.
Dermatologists say that they see more problems related to
over-cleansing than to anything else. Because of all the cleansers and
exfoliating products on the market, many people think they need to
“super-clean” their faces. According to dermatologists, the rule of
thumb is to use a cleanser only when necessary.
Most cleansers cause dryness that leaves the skin unprotected and
more vulnerable to irritation and infection. Even people who feel they
have oily skin should avoid using cleansers and other products that
cause dryness. Alcohol-based cleansers are some of the worst but there
are other “bad” ingredients.
Whenever possible, just use plain warm water and a clean soft cloth
for washing your face. Occasionally, you can use a deep cleansing mask.
But you should exfoliate no more than once a month. Daily cleansers with
exfoliating beads are popular but not a good choice.
After every bath or shower, you should moisturize your whole body.
People with oilier complexions don’t like this piece of advice but it
helps to keep the skin healthy, beautiful, and more youthful looking.
One of the keys to being satisfied with your moisturizer is to choose
one that contains the right ingredients. Plant-based oils such as grape
seed or olive oil are better choices than petroleum-based ingredients
like mineral oil and petrolatum. They also smell better naturally.
Plant-based oils are quickly absorbed because they are more similar
to the oils produced by the skin. They do not leave a greasy feeling.
They simply leave the skin feeling and looking smoother.
Get Some Sun
A little bit of sun helps relieve many skin conditions, including acne
and psoriasis. It also gives you vitamin D. However, too much sun exposure
increases your risk of wrinkles, dark spots, and skin cancer. There are
many benefits to sunshine but check with your dermatologist to determine
how much time you can safely spend out in the sun.
If you are fair-skinned, spend about 10 minutes a day in
the sun. If you have darker skin, you can stay out a little longer.
Check with your dermatologist to find out how long you can safely stay
out in the sun.
Eat More Antioxidant-Rich Foods
Antioxidant-rich foods help to protect your skin from the inside out.
All fruits and vegetables are good sources of antioxidants. Salmon
provides a unique antioxidant called astaxanthin that seems to be
particularly beneficial for your skin.
You might also consider taking some good dietary supplements. Your
skin is an organ of your body. With good nutrition and gentle skincare
products, you can have flawless and “perfect” skin.
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This information is in no way intended to be a
substitute for professional advice. Consult your dermatologist before
beginning any skin care regimen.