Taking care of your skin is not as difficult as you may imagine it is. It is all about doing the right things so that your body takes notice. There are many tips available that can show you how to have great skin without spending a lot of money.
Some lotions and moisturizers can actually be responsible for making your skin condition worse! The key is to be aware of your individual skin type and only use lotions or oils that are specifically tailored towards your needs. Know how oily or dry your skin can get and make your choices based on that information.
If you have severely dry skin on your hands, it can and should be treated with an antibiotic cream, like you would use on cuts and scrapes. In many cases, extremely dry skin crack open and bleeds. If these cuts are ignored they can become worse – leading to scarring or even an infection. Care for them early by applying an antibiotic cream before applying moisturizer.
If you are having skin problems, try to avoid eating foods that come from cans, such as canned tomato sauce. Cans can contain trace amounts of aluminum and other metals that can flow through your bloodstream and be secreted out of your pores while you sweat. These metals sometimes get stuck in your pores as you try to sweat them out, causing blockages.
Apple cider vinegar can be a natural, and effective, treatment for acne. Use half apple cider vinegar and half water as your toner daily to help your skin maintain the proper pH balance. A proper pH is essential in keeping skin healthy and preventing acne break outs.
For beautiful, magazine-model skin, skip those extra alcoholic drinks. Research shows that drinking more than one beer, glass of wine, or cocktail per day can increase your skin’s oiliness and make your pores look larger. Plus, drinking too much alcohol can dehydrate you, causing skin flakiness. Additionally, alcohol’s ability to dilate blood vessels will increase redness.
Prolonged use of oral steroids may cause capillaries under the skin’s surface to dilate, which leads to noticeable redness and flushing. Care for your skin during therapy, by adding oatmeal to a warm bath and applying nourishing lotions and creams to your skin that contain chamomile, vitamin K or extract of licorice or lavender.
Although you should normally pick skin care products for your skin type, you may have been buying the wrong products for so long that your skin has become denatured. So, in order to truly know what your skin type is, sometimes you have to go back to square one. Start with a simple routine, a gentle, non-drying cleanser morning and night, toner if your skin is truly oily, and a moisturizer (again, unless you have very oily skin). After a couple of weeks of this normalizing routine, you should be in a much better position to evaluate your true skin type and can buy products that meet your skin’s true needs.
In conclusion, there are many factors that may contribute to bad skin. It is your job to keep an eye out and figure out which one is affecting you. Once you figure that out, the rest is easy, and you can start working on making it well and keeping it that way.
He is a fitness coach, musicologist and ethnomusicologist. He is a National Fitness Trainer, in Indonesia, and University Professor, Emeritus of the Department of Composition and Theory, the College of Music of the University of Jakarta Indonesia.