Don’t have time for intensive skin care? You can still pamper yourself by acing the basics. Good skin care and healthy lifestyle choices can help delay the natural aging process and prevent various skin problems. Get started with these five quick and easy tips:
1. Protect yourself from the sun
One of the most important ways to take care of your skin is to protect it from the sun. Sun exposure can cause wrinkles, age spots and other skin problems — as well as increase the risk of skin cancer.
For the most complete sun protection:
- I generally use the Maybelline New York dream BB Fresh Cream that has SPF 30 but you can use sunscreen too if you like. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 and apply the sunscreen/BB Cream generously.
- Avoid the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when the sun’s rays are strongest. Protect your eyes with sunglasses that filter UVA and UVB rays. When UV light is strongest are between 10 am and 3 pm (standard time) or 11 am and 4 pm (daylight saving time).
- Try to plan outdoor activities for early morning or late afternoon when the sun’s rays are less intense. But, if you can’t avoid the sun between those time then wear long sleeved clothes. Try to wash your clothes with a UV -repellent laundry detergent .
- Drink plenty of water
2. Don’t smoke
Smoking makes your skin look older and contributes to wrinkles. Smoking narrows the tiny blood vessels in the outermost layers of skin, which decreases blood flow. This depletes the skin of oxygen and nutrients that are important to skin health.
Smoking also damages collagen and elastin — the fibers that give your skin strength and elasticity. In addition, the repetitive facial expressions you make when smoking — such as pursing your lips when inhaling and squinting your eyes to keep out smoke — can contribute to wrinkles.
If you smoke, the best way to protect your skin is to quit. Ask your doctor for tips or treatments to help you stop smoking.
3. Treat your skin gently
Daily cleansing and shaving can take a toll on your skin. To keep it gentle:
- Hot water and long showers or baths remove oils from your skin. Limit your bath or shower time, and use warm — rather than hot water.
- Avoid strong soaps. Strong soaps and detergents can strip oil from your skin. Instead, choose mild cleansers.
- To protect and lubricate your skin, apply shaving cream, lotion or gel before shaving. For the closest shave, use a clean, sharp razor. Shave in the direction the hair grows, not against it.
- After washing or bathing, gently pat or blot your skin dry with a towel so that some moisture remains on your skin.
- If your skin is dry, use a moisturizer that fits your skin type. For daily use, consider a moisturizer that contains SPF.
4. Eat a healthy diet
I know it is hard, trust me I deal with this battle everyday. But try to find something that motivates you to eat better. Start cutting things out and eating smaller portions. It is all about starting somewhere.
For example: Lately I’ve been drinking soda a lot but I don’t eat candy anymore.
A healthy diet can help you look and feel your best. Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins. The association between diet and acne isn’t clear — but some research suggests that a diet rich in vitamin C and low in unhealthy fats and processed or refined carbohydrates might promote younger looking skin.
5. Manage stress
Uncontrolled stress can make your skin more sensitive and trigger acne breakouts and other skin problems. To encourage healthy skin — and a healthy state of mind — take steps to manage your stress. Set reasonable limits, scale back your to-do list and make time to do the things you enjoy. The results might be more dramatic than you expect.
- Focus on the positive things that is going on in your life now
- Live your life for yourself
- Eliminate the negative people out of your life. Your space, your bubble, and etc is very important. Choose wisely who you let in.
- Smile and laugh
- Get social support, Talk about your problems
- Meditate, yoga
- Use your time wisely
- Eat a healthy diet
- Make time for hobbies
- Take a breather and relaxed
- Take control
- Get more sleep
- Avoid caffeine, alcohol, and nicotine
- Start Writing, it doesn’t have to make sense. Writing helps me to heal and it makes me a very happy girl.
- Soothing bath
- Develop healthy responses
- Establish boundaries
- Drink a cup of water
- Ditch the “should”
- Go for a walk
- Take a break from technology, Take a break from people
- Use positive self-talk
- Focus on right now