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Tips for Healthy, Youthful Skin

Skin care covers the different practices involved in enhancing the appearance of the skin. This can be achieved by using cosmetics, exfoliating the skin, and following many other regular skin regimens. One thing is for sure: good skin care and a healthy lifestyle are paramount when it comes to delaying the natural aging process. Before discussing the tips for achieving good-looking skin, it is important to first know what type of skin you have. Having the right information about this will help in selecting the right products and the right skin care regimen. Here is an easy way to find out your skin type and what kind of product you need to enhance your skin.

Steps to Knowing Your Skin Type

First of all, you would need to remove your makeup and wash off the day's oil and dirt. Wait for about two hours. While you wait, make sure not to apply anything on your face. Allow your skin return to its natural state then get a clean piece of face wipe or toilet paper to examine your skin type.

Normal Skin: There will be no debris on the face wipe as there will be no sign of flaking or oiliness on your skin. Normal skin will feel smooth and supple. For this skin type, it is best to get lightweight formulas when selecting you moisturizers and other skin care products.

Oily Skin: If you belong to the oily skin category, your skin will look and feel shiny and when you wipe your face with the wipe, you will notice that your forehead, cheeks and chin areas will be oily. This skin type is prone to breakouts and when selecting skin care products, it is best to stick to gel and liquid formulas. It is also important to avoid heavy emollient textures.

Dry Skin: This type of skin will feel tight and will have flaky areas. The wipe will definitely have traces of residue. This skin type ages easily and the best types of products to stick to are lotions and creams. Make sure to avoid harsh ingredients as these can be detrimental to the skin.

Combination Skin: This skin type combines all the above skin types in one skin. It has an oily T-Zone and then normal to dry skin in other parts of the face. In caring for the combination skin, make sure to target oily areas with gels and liquids; use light lotions and serums on dryer areas.

Now that you can tell your skin type, here are basic skin care tips which everyone irrespective of skin type can benefit from.

Protect your skin from the sun: This is one of the most important ways to take care of your skin. Exposing your skin to sun rays can cause wrinkles, spots and other skin blemishes. A long term sun exposure can also cause skin cancer. In order to protect your skin from harsh sun rays, it is important to use sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15. Make sure to apply generously and then reapply every two hours while you are out. Moreover, seek shade and make sure to avoid the sun between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. as that is when the sun's rays are strongest. Also, make sure to wear protective clothing such as hats, long-sleeve shirts made of lighter materials, etc.

Get rid of unhealthy habits: To achieve healthy, beautiful skin, there are certain habits you would have to do away with. Smoking is a very unhealthy habit; it damages your lungs, blood vessels, and most importantly, it damages collagen and elastin which are important skin fibres for skin strength and elasticity. Moreover, do away with going to bed with make-up on. Make sure to wash off all make-up and dirt from the skin before going to bed.

Eat well: Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, proteins and whole gains. While at it, drink plenty of water. This helps to nourish skin cells.

Treat your skin well: Make sure to use mild soaps and bath gels, use warm water rather than hot water when taking a bath or shower, moisturize your skin daily and pat dry your skin after a bath.

Basic Skin Care Products to Have

Cleanser: This is a gentle, water-soluble cleanser which removes debris, oil and make-up. When you use a cleanser as part of your skin care regimen, it goes deep into your skin to wash off all dirt and this was, it is easier for other products you use on your sin to work even better. Use cleansers every morning and evening for maximum result.

Toner: Toners smoothen, soften and calm the skin. A skin toner does all these while removing the last traces of make-up and adding vital skin repairing ingredients after cleansing. It replenishes the skin's surface and help reduce dry patches.

Exfoliant: Exfoliants are used to remove dead skin cells that have built up over time. They also unclog the pores, reduce blackheads and breakouts and they reduce wrinkles, build skin collagen and improve uneven skin tone. When they do this, they reveal new skin and this new skin looks healthy and beautiful. Exfoliators should be mild and harsh on the skin.

Skin lighteners: Skin lighteners are used to reduce the over-production of melanin which is the skin pigment that makes up brown spots and discolourations. Once you have chosen your preferred skin lightener, use at least once a day. They work by gradually reducing and eliminating brown spots and skin discolourations.