The 10 Golden Rules Of Skincare

yourskineveryday1While America spends an alarmingly steep amount of money on skin and beauty products, many of the most effective ways to keep your skin glowing, even toned, and wrinkle-free don’t require that you break the bank.  Indeed, it’s fairly simple to maintain lovely composure just by following these ten simple guidelines.

Target your skin type: Your skin may be elastic, but when it comes to products, you should never adopt a policy of “one size fits all.” If you don’t know already, determine whether you have a dry, oily, or mixed skin type and tailor your entire regimen accordingly.

Don’t smoke: Unless you live with your head in the sand, you know that smoking is terrible for you.  It’s a surefire way to develop any number of cancers, of course—but it will also take a terrible toll on your skin, bringing on bags under your eyes, psoriasis, and premature wrinkles.

Exfoliate: Exfoliating, or cleansing away the excess layer of dead skin cells from your body, is essential to looking healthy.  While the avenues can range from a simple sea salt cleanse to high-end scrubs, the overall benefits are the same:  glowing skin, fewer wrinkles, and promotion of even color.  Additionally, exfoliating will allow your moisturizing products to penetrate more deeply.

Moisturize daily: While you only need to exfoliate several times per week, moisturizing should be something you do every day.  Some people think that having an oily skin type means you should skip this part of skin care, but this is simply not true.  No matter what your pH balance, your skin craves topical moisture—just be sure that you’re using facial lotions and hydrating body lotions that meet your needs.

Hydrate: Providing your body with an adequate water supply is something that needs to happen on the inside as well as the outside.  To keep your skin looking radiant, you need to flush out the many toxins that build up in your body, and to do this, you should drink at least 2 liters of water per day.  During hot weather or when you’re working out, drink even more.

Cleanse gently: Of course your makeup remover should be potent enough to get the job done, but harsh cleansers may end up drying out your skin.  Especially if you have sensitive skin, go for water-based rather than alcohol cleansers to clean out those pores.

Sun protection: It’s a misconception that we should wear sunscreen only on long days at the beach.  Routine walking, or even driving, can lead to more exposure to UV rays than we realize, so make sure to apply adequate SPF protection even for moderate stints outside.  If you do plan on a beach or pool outing, re-apply from time to time (or check to see the water resistance of your products).

skineveryday3Adequate sleep: They don’t call it beauty sleep for nothing.  Just as exfoliating removes unwanted dead skin cells, a full night’s sleep makes sure you grow new ones.  On the other hand, getting too much sleep can be just as bad.  The guideline is to try to sleep according to a regular schedule, so if your cycles are in need of some maintenance, consider melatonin or another natural regulatory aid.

Don’t treat all skin areas the same: Not all skin composition is alike, so pay special attention to especially sensitive regions such as the skin around your eyes and lips. The skin around your eyes is particularly prone to damage and much thinner than the rest of your face, so be sure to use more delicate products when cleansing in this domain.

Use hypoallergenic makeup: Even if you aren’t prone to food or pollen-based allergic reactions, your skin may still be affected by subtle allergic reactions.  To stay away from such risks, seek out makeup that’s hypoallergenic and in tune with your skin type.

Of course, some skin types and conditions may demand special treatments and products, but for the most part, having healthy skin is as simple as it is inexpensive.

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Today’s guest blogger, Marcela De Vivo is a health and beauty writer in Los Angeles who writes for Bellezza Spa, and has helped several individuals improve the look and feel of their skin. As a busy mom of three, she doesn’t always have time for a complicated beauty routine, and values tips that are quick and effective.

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Note:  All views expressed in this blog post are the personal opinions of the guest blogger. dermograph.com doesn’t favor any particular skincare brand or take advertising from any of them. The dermograph (TM) is the world’s first transdermal skin analysis system from the innovation rooms of mySkin Inc.
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