by Olesya Novik
Do you have naturally flawless skin? Or are you one of the lucky ladies who has to put some effort into creating it?
We’re all beautiful, delicate, and strong — all at once. But we still have to work on protecting our beauty from breakouts, clogged pores.. and most of all, wrinkles.
Below are just a few quick basics each one of us can incorporate into our daily routines in order to not only preserve our beauty, but also improve the long-term health and integrity of our skin.
The first thing you’ll need to do, is have a thorough understanding of your skin type. No single anti-aging treatment can work wonders for every skin type. If it works for a girl with dry skin, then it most likely will be completely inappropriate for someone oily — so before even looking into any specific products or treatment ideas, learn more about your skin type!
If you’re dry, hydration becomes a priority, and oils found in products will often be your friend. If you’re oily, you’ll want to look for gel-based moisturizers, as heavy products will often clog your pores and result in breakouts (and being that many anti-aging moisturizers are heavy, you’ll want to pay special attention to product ingredients and the way it feels going on your skin).
One of the most depressing skin problems is the appearance of wrinkles. Lines can appear on any skin type, and ladies in their early 20s will often start seeing them on their foreheads.
While your specific skin type will dictate the exact treatment you’ll want to seek out, the following tips are ones that should be take into consideration — no matter what your skin type (or age, for that matter).
Quit smoking forever.
Yes, I realize you’re fitness nuts around here, but even second-hand smoke can clog your pores and damage the outermost layer of your skin! So, stay away from not only cigarettes, but anyone holding them as well!
A good sunscreen with SPF is essential for us all.
Skin care is incomplete without a product that will block out most of those damaging UV rays. Got sunscreen in your foundation? Great, but you’ll STILL need a sunscreen underneath!! It’s only effective when applied liberally, so don’t make the mistake of going over your face with a tiny dab — that’s nothing more than a waste!
One product that works miracles for all the skin types is water.
Drink at least six to eight glasses of plain water daily for nourishing your skin. Women take this little tip for granted until they start to actually follow it — once they see the difference hydration makes in their skin, they’re seen carrying that water bottle no matter where they go!
Water moisturizes from the inside out — so those of you with dry or dehydrated skin take note! You have no right to complain about the condition of your skin until this simple requirement is fulfilled.
Look for antioxidants in all you put into your body, and onto your skin.
Colorful veggies, fruits, and berries are brimming with antioxidants your body needs for optimal health. Guess what? Your skin depends on these nutrients too!
Low carbing? That’s no excuse — colorful veggies are aplenty, so don’t skip ’em!
Vitamins that are especially important for skin health are E, C, A and K. Vitamin E protects the skin from the harmful free radicals that are present everywhere in the air, and this one in particular is present in most skin care products, as well.
If you’re planning to buy an anti-wrinkle cream, then you must cross check first that the cream you are purchasing has the following skin care ingredients.
For any skin care product or an anti wrinkle cream the presence of this skin care ingredient is useful in gaining that flawless, dewy look to the skin. This ingredient is a natural wax (no, it won’t clog your pores!), and is used for softening and soothing the skin. It is very efficient in creating a barrier of moisture around the skin so that no germs and dirt can attack the skin and the skin remains soft for a long period of time.
As mentioned above, vitamin E is another ingredient which must be present in the skin care product. It’ll be present in the form of alpha tocopherol, so keep an eye out for it.
Your skin is precious; it’s worth the extra effort. Take the simple steps above and you’ll be on your way to healthy, younger-looking skin in just a few short months.