Good skin is a combination of genetics, a good skincare regime, and healthy diet habits. Pollution, excess caffeine, and processed foods wreak havoc on the skin and result in acne, pigmentation marks, and wrinkles. Following lifestyle changes may help you to treat your face naturally:
- Face washing: Wash your face twice every day and after sweating. Use a gentle, chemical-free mild cleanser.
- Moisturizing: Use a moisturizer every day according to your face type. Even oily skin needs moisturization. Use a face serum or water-based moisturizer if you do not like greasy faces.
- Water: Plenty of water intake hydrates your skin and prevents wrinkles and breakouts. Make sure you drink 8-10 glasses of water daily.
- Use sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) 30 every day on your face to protect from ultraviolet (UV) rays. It reduces the risk of early wrinkles, age spots, and other skin problems such as skin cancer.
- Use shades and a wide-brimmed hat during sunny days to protect the face from harmful sun rays.
- Diet: A fresh, healthy, and well-balanced diet provides a natural glow to your skin. Have plenty of fatty fish such as salmon, avocados, walnuts, sunflower seeds, vegetables, fruits, and whole grains daily. Cut make on processed foods.
- Exercise: Exercise most days of the week to improve circulation and boost the immune system.
- Sleep: Good sleep is called beauty sleep for a reason. Make sure you have 8 hours of daily uninterrupted sleep.
- Cosmetics: Customize your skincare products according to your skin type. If you have oily or acne-prone skin, use oil-free cosmetics to prevent clogging of skin pores. If you have sensitive skin, use mild cosmetics to avoid skin irritation. Avoid using cosmetics with strong fragrances and chemicals that may irritate your skin.
- Stress: Stress can make your skin susceptible to acne or other skin problems. Manage your stress with enough good sleep, meditation, music, and a positive approach toward life.
- Stop smoking and limit alcohol: Smoking narrows the blood vessels that leads to less blood flow in the outermost layers of skin. Additionally, it depletes the oxygen and nutrients that are important to skin health. Moreover, it damages the collagen and elastin, which contribute to wrinkles and dull sallow complexion. High alcohol intake may damage your skin and dehydrate it.
How should I wash my face?
Dermatologists may recommend the following tips for washing your face:
- Wash your face twice a day (morning and night) and after sweating heavily
- Use cleanser to remove dust, pollution, or makeup from your face
- Use a non-abrasive, non-alcoholic cleanser to clean your skin without irritation
- After wetting your face with lukewarm water, apply the cleaner with clean fingertips
- Avoid using a washcloth/sponge or scrubbing your face that may irritate your skin
- Rinse your skin with lukewarm water
- Gently pat dry or blot your skin with the towel
- Apply moisturizer after washing your skin if your skin is dry or itchy every time
How should I treat my skin as I age?
Following tips may help to keep your skin healthy in older ages:
- Stop using harsh bar soap and replace it with a gentle, creamy, fragrance-free cleanser that contains a mild surfactant.
- Use lukewarm water for washing your face. Hot water may increase skin dryness.
- A puff or bath brush can irritate your skin; therefore, use a soft cloth to wash your skin.
- Apply moisturizer to help to rehydrate your skin.
- Use retinol- or vitamin C–containing lotions and serums available over the counter (OTC).
- Humidifiers may protect your skin from getting dry and itchy.
- Apply sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) 30 or higher while going out to protect from getting more wrinkles, age spots, and skin cancer.
- Stop using skincare products containing fragrance such as perfumes and colognes to lessen the risk of dry, itchy skin.
- Use AHA or BHA-containing serums or face washes for glowing skin.
- Wear gloves while working in the garden or during housework to avoid direct exposure to chemicals and irritants.
- Small wounds on the skin must be identified early and get treated well if you have diabetes.
- After 50 years of age, consult a dermatologist for skin cancer examination for possible early detection and treatment.
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