Top 10 Most Important Tips To Take Care Of Your Skin
Healthy skin is essential for our overall health and wellbeing. However, many people neglect their skin care routine, leading to premature aging, wrinkles, and other skin problems.
Fortunately, there are some simple things you can do to keep your skin looking its best.
I’m here as an esthetician to give you advice on how to take the best care of your skin.
The list of skin care tips has been restricted to 10 because anything more than that would not only be difficult to remember, but also shadow the more important skin care tips.
So check out these top ten skin care tips:
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1. Knowing your skin type
Knowing your skin type is one of the most important skin care tips.
This is important because not every skin care product suits everyone.
Most people don’t know their skin type. As a result, they end up using the wrong products or not using any products at all! Not knowing your skin type can lead to you using the wrong ingredients your skin needs to be healthy.
Which then leads to your skin reacting negatively, which we definitely don’t want.
There are four main skin types: normal, dry, oily, and combination. You can usually find out your skin type by paying attention to how your skin feels and looks.
If your skin feels dry and tight, especially after washing it, you probably have dry skin.
If your skin feels oily and shinier than usual, especially in the T-zone (forehead, nose, and chin), you probably have oily skin.
If your skin feels dry in some areas and oily in others, you probably have combination skin.
And if your skin looks and feels healthy, with no major concerns, you probably have normal skin.
2. Drink a lot of water
I know you’ve probably heard this a million times already, but that’s because it really is extremely important.
Drinking water is great for your skin because it helps to keep it hydrated. When your skin is properly hydrated, it looks plumper and younger and it can dramatically improve the texture.
Drinking plenty of water also helps to flush out toxins from your body, which can give your skin a clearer appearance and a healthy glow.
This will not keep your skin moist but will help in overall upkeep of your health (and in turn your skin). It might seem a bit awkward to some, however, this is an important skin care tip.
3. Cleanse your skin regularly
This one seems obvious but the actual tip is to NOT skip cleansing.
Even I have been guilty of this and I definitely end up regretting it.
Cleansing is important for all skin types because it helps to remove dirt, oil, and makeup from your skin and is especially important when you have been out of your house (and hence exposed to pollutants, dust etc.).
It’s important to cleanse before bed because our skin repairs itself while we are sleeping. It can’t do it’s best work when it’s got makeup, dirt and oil clogging up your pores.
If you are overtired one night and just can’t bring yourself to go through your whole cleansing routine then at least use something gentle like one of these makeup removing towels to take off any makeup or residue you may have picked up throughout the day.
Also try your best to use lukewarm water for cleansing (hot and cold water, both, can cause damage to your skin)
4. Be gentle
Try your best to be gentle with your skin because it’s a sensitive organ. That means that it can easily be irritated by harsh chemicals, scrubbing, and anything else that’s too harsh.
When you’re gentle with your skin, you help to keep it healthy and looking its best.
After all it’s your skin. Don’t scrub/exfoliate too hard or too often. Similarly, don’t apply too much or too many skin care products.
5. Keep your skin moisturized
This is one of the most important skin care tips. Don’t let your skin get dry. Dryness causes the outer layer of your skin to break, leading to a rough and unattractive appearance.
Even oily skin needs to be kept moisturized. If you skip it, your skin will only produce more oil to make up for it which will end up clogging your pores.
Trust me. Don’t skip the moisturizer.
Choosing the right moisturizer for your skin type is important because the wrong moisturizer can actually make your skin problems worse.
If you have dry skin, you need a moisturizer that will hydrate your skin without making it greasy.
If you have oily skin, you need a lightweight moisturizer that won’t clog your pores.
And if you have combination skin, you need a moisturizer that will hydrate your dry areas without making your oily areas oilier.
6. Avoid Harsh soap
Harsh soaps can strip your skin of its natural oils, which can lead to dryness, irritation, and even breakouts.
That’s why it’s important to choose a gentle, soap-free cleanser for your face that’s designed for your skin type.
Soap should only be used below the neck. A small but still important skin care tip.
7. Always Use sunscreen
Wearing sunscreen is important because it protects your skin from the harmful rays of the sun. Too much sun exposure can cause wrinkles, dark spots, and even skin cancer.
So be sure to apply sunscreen every day, even if you’re just going for a walk or sitting in your car. The more natural the better, to avoid any extra chemicals on your skin.
Even if it’s not very sunny out, just put on the sunscreen.
To make it easier on yourself you can use daytime moisturizers with sunscreen built into them. just be sure to reapply if you’re going to be outside all day.
UV radiations are known to cause skin cancer, so follow this skin care tip without fail.
Exfoliating is extremely important because it helps to remove dead skin cells from your skin.
Your skin sheds at a different rate depending on your age, so generally, the older you are, the longer your skin cell turnover rate is (hence the reason why babies have super soft skin).
If you don’t exfoliate regularly, that dead skin is just going to sit on the surface and start clogging up your pores and making your skin look dull.
When you exfoliate, you help to keep your skin looking brighter and smoother.
You should exfoliate at least once a week, but people with oily skin or who are prone to breakouts may need to exfoliate more often. I tend to exfoliate about twice a week.
9. Getting Enough Sleep
Another tip you’ve probably heard over and over again but that’s because it’s a big one.
Getting enough sleep is important for your overall health, and that includes your skin. Like I mentioned before, your skin repairs itself at night so you need to give it enough time to do its job.
When you don’t get enough sleep, your skin can look dull and tired, not to mention the dark circles under your eyes. So try your best to get at least eight hours of sleep every night!
If you struggle with getting a good night’s sleep, there are some things that may help you wind down in the evening.
Some of my favorites are:
~ chamomile tea or lavender tea
~ a hot bath or shower
~ using a Young Living Tranquil essential oil roll on
~ diffusing lavender essential oils
~ winding down without electronics.
Another favorite of mine is Mary Ruth’s Nighttime Multimineral, which helps me sleep much better while replenishing nutrients.
10. Beat the stress
The harmful effects of stress are known to everyone, however, sometimes stating the obvious is essential too (and hence this skin care tip found its place here).
Yes, stress harms skin too. So, take a break or indulge in a warm bubble bath or just get good sleep.
Stress can cause a number of problems for your skin, including acne, wrinkles, and even hair loss.
That’s why it’s important to find ways to reduce stress in your life. Some things that may help include yoga, meditation, and spending time with friends and family. I also like using the Young Living Stress Away essential oil, which you can diffuse or use a roll on.