The Wonders of Good Skin Care
Try as we might to educate the masses on the importance of skin care and prevention of skin-related diseases, people will do what they are used to. What are people used to you, you ask? Well, first off, most people apply the same moisturizer they’ve been applying since they were teens. It’s easy really – wake up, wash your face, moisturize, and off you go. But, as we age, our skin ages, and with that comes a whole host of needs that we must tune into. As our body changes, so must our skin care routine.
Moisturizer is an indispensable resource when it comes to maintaining healthy skin. The important thing to keep in mind is to find the right cream for your skin type. Oily skin is no exception… everyone needs moisturizer! Our bodies produce its own natural lubricating system, but even so, the conditions out there are harsh, you have to cream up. A good moisturizing routine can protect against the sun and other weather-related conditions, as well as continue to hydrate your skin throughout the day. Best applied while the face and neck are still damp, moisturizer locks in that hydration creating a barrier between your face and the elements. If you’ve noticed the elasticity of your skin is starting to slack, it’s important to get an anti-aging moisturizer. It’s not all hype, there are essential ingredients in targeted creams that help rebuild and regenerate cell growth. Ask your dermatologist or esthetician.
Another vital step is a good eye cream. It’s not an over-sell, it’s legit. A little eye cream goes a long way and here’s why: the regular use of eye cream will preserve the skin’s natural elasticity and improve against (even prevent) the loss of collagen!
Our skin is the largest organ – the better we take care of our it, the better it does its job of protecting everything below the surface. So, here is where the PSA comes in: SUNSCREEN. Sorry for yelling, but the daily application of a good sunscreen helps to prevent the development of wrinkles, fine lines, and imperfections, not to mention the prevention against certain skin cancers. It isn’t a marketing tactic, it is real life: sunscreen should be a basic part of your everyday routine.
In that same vein, let’s talk summer pool-side tanning. Yes, relaxing by the water is everyone’s favourite way to spend a sunny day. But, there is a difference between baking in the sun slathered in oil versus mindfully, and responsibly, chilling out well covered in sunscreen.
But what about that bronzed summer glow? Here’s a tip: try self-tanner. It’s safer and has glowing results! Not convinced? Sun damage is one of the biggest factors in visibly aging skin (think leathery skin, sun spots, and all that fun stuff). Rather than soak up those dangerous sun rays, spend some time thinking about how radiant your skin will be with a little SPF.
Your skin is the largest barrier against infection – so take good care of it!
For my last pro tip, I’ll leave you with this thought: try to find a moisturizer that has an integrated sunscreen. Two birds, one stone ensures you never miss a beat.
Summer is well underway and as Northerners we thrive on these much-needed sunny months. So, lube up that skin and keep that face looking fresh and young with a healthy dose of a sun-kissed glow.