The Basics of Healthy Skin Care
Do you find yourself overwhelmed by all the commercials that claim their lotions will make your skin look and feel so much better? Do you scratch your head in confusion at all the choices in the skincare aisle? If so, you are not alone.
The simple truth is that good skincare involves three basic steps:
- Cleansing your skin to safely rid it of grime, chemicals, and toxins
- Moisturizing to hydrate and replenish the skin
- Applying sunscreen to protect the skin from harmful ultraviolet rays
Most of us know that cleansing is a significant part of good skincare. The purpose of a cleanser is to surround, loosen, and facilitate the easy removal of dirt, debris, germs, and excessive oils on the surface of the skin. However, some cleaners are better than others.
- Bar soaps are the most common cleansers but generally the most irritating.
- Liquid cleansers offer a wide variety of tolerability but often result in oiliness.
- Facial cleansers are among the mildest cleanser but may not remove all oil and dirt.
The bottom line is that when it comes to choosing their cleanser; start with the mildest possible choice. It only needs to remove dirt, debris, and excessive oil without stripping away the natural moisture on the skin.
The Basics of Moisturizing
Moisturizing is a necessary step in good skincare. A well-chosen moisturizer will stop the dry skin cycle from spiraling into cracked, thick, and flaky skin.
- Replenish the skin to help maintain its natural structure, pH balance, etc.
- decrease damage from free-radicals
- Help skin cells function more usually
The final step in a good skincare program is often the most forgotten. Sunscreen protection is today a must-have component of any daily health routine.
Excessive exposure to UV radiation can cause damage to the skin (including sunburn and photoaging) and increased the risk of skin cancer. And it’s not just about avoiding suntans or longs walks in the outdoors.
- The SPF (sun protection factor)
- Whether it is every day or out-in-the-sun sunscreen
- Whether it contains a moisturizer, which can help prevent the skin from drying out
It is also significant to understand UV-index when making your choice. The index can vary from day-to-day or region-to-region, with a higher index suggesting a higher SPF product.
Even after applying sunscreen, it’s essential to avoid excessive exposure and to cover those parts of your body that tend to get burned. Reapplying sunscreen is also important if you swim or sweat excessively.
You’ve worked hard to take care of your skin by cleansing and moisturizing it. Don’t undo it by leaving it exposed to the effects of the sun.