Look for cleansing products that are free of harsh chemicals and do not contain deodorants. Use a moisturizer after cleansing to restore the moisture that all cleansers strip from the skin.

Alcohol

Excess alcohol consumption will dehydrate your skin and block circulation which robs your skin of important nutrients. It can also damage the small capillaries of the nose and cheeks, leading to unsightly red spots and streaks. Women must be especially careful because their skin is thinner and more fragile than men’s.

Smoking

The many toxic chemicals in tobacco cause tremendous damage to the skin, just as it does your lungs or anything else. Carbon monoxide mixes with nicotine in the circulatory system, robbing oxygen and vital nutrients from the skin. Have you ever noticed the pale, gray complexion of smokers? They are sucking the life right out of themselves.

Exercise

Exercise is very beneficial for your skin, just as it is for the rest of your body.  People who are in top shape look and feel great. Exercise increases blood circulation throughout the body, relaxes you and aids in sleep. Sleep is when the body releases the most growth hormone and repairs damage to the cells, causing you to age more slowly. Exercise improves your appearance, builds self-confidence, increases lean muscle mass, burns fat,  and increases tolerance for stress.

Skin Care Tips

Because of constant exposure to the sun, and because it is so thin, the skin on your face is the most delicate and vulnerable on your body. The skin on your face needs special care to stay young, healthy, and free of wrinkles.

Here are some skin care tips that will give you the youthful, glowing skin you desire.

  • Use sunscreen if you will be getting direct sunlight for more than 30 minutes, in order to help prevent sun damage and lower your risk of skin cancer.
  • Use an anti-aging eye cream with advanced antioxidants. Yes, they are ridiculously expensive, but worth it if you have the money. The skin around your eyes is very thin and susceptible to sagging and wrinkles. A good skin cream for the eyes will reduce wrinkles, help it stay moisturized, reduce dark circles (with good sleep). tighten and firm while reducing sagging, leaving you looking younger.
  • Face creams with Retinol (derived from vitamin A) helps reduceh wrinkles and discoloration.
  • Use a good moisturizing cream for your entire body.
  • Be sure to wash away the cosmetics before you sleep at night. As mentioned, they can irritate and damage your skin if overused. Use non-allergenic cosmetics without the harsh chemicals.
  • Exercise 30 minutes a day, which increases blood flow to the skin, bathing it in oxygen and nutrients. It is important to wash away the perspiration after you exercise so the pores do not become blocked with oil buildup.
  • Make sure your pillowcase is clean.
  • Eat a healthy diet with lots of fruits and vegetables. The vitamins, minerals, fiber, water and antioxidants found in natural, organic foods can rejuvenate and hydrate your skin. Avoid processed foods and trans fats.
  • Do not try and reduce your acne by picking at it. You will only succeed in damaging your skin and causing scars. See our other articles on acne treatment.
  • Exfoliate your skin by rubbing away the dead skin cells. This will give your skin a healthy glow and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Skin rubs are very healthy. See our other articles on skin rubs.
  • Removing stress from your life will be reflected in your face. A relaxed person tends to have healthy looking, smooth skin. A stressed person who frowns a lot tends to form wrinkles. And smile lines look a lot nicer than frown lines, unless you’re a creative genius.

Acne Treatment and Acne Control.  Prescription Acne Medication

If you struggle with acne, there are different options available if you are looking for an acne medicine. You can choose an antibiotic for acne, which I would not recommend as antibiotics are very unhealthy. Other medicines treat acne topically. The best is to find natural cures for acne. See our other articles on acne skin care.

What Type of Skin Do You Have?

There are essentially 3 types of skin: oily, dry and normal. This is determined by how much oil your skin produces. Your genetic predisposition, diet, stress levels, any medications you may be using, and your daily skin care regimen all factor together to determine your skin type.

Oily skin

Oily skin shines with excess oil which enlarges the pores. Because oil attracts more dirt and dust and tends to block pores, oily skin is more susceptible to acne than normal or dry skin. Oily skin contains excess sebum.

Oily Skin Care

Wash your face regularly with warm soap and water to open the pores and loosen the dirt, then rinse with cold water to close the pores tight and protect against additional dirt. Use special skitoners and astringents containing alcohol and a light, non-greasy liquid cleanser.

Dry skin

Dry skin has white, flaky dead skin particles that are always sloughing off, and often feels tight, especially after cleansing. There may also be noticeable fine wrinkles and red patches. It has too little protective sebum which proides the moisturizing oils. Dry skin is less prone to acne than oily skin, but is uncomfortable in hot or cold weather.

Dry Skin Care

Use rich, creamy moisturizing lotions several times a day, and mild, alcohol-free cosmetics. Do not over-clean.