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.
*This page is provided as an information resource and is in no way intended to be a substitute for professional or medical advice.