Consistent, conscientious skin care is one of the best ways to prevent wrinkles and signs of aging. It’s no secret that taking care of your skin can even seem to turn back the clock.Unfortunately, skin care often falls by the wayside in the midst of life, other priorities, and the need to get out the door in time for work every morning; however, you’d be surprised how little effort great skin actually takes.
In fact, in under 5 minutes a day, you can give your skin all the care it needs for a fresh, youthful, lasting glow. Just follow these simple steps, and you’ll be out the door with radiant skin in no time!
A simple cleansing is by far the single most important task in your daily routine. Cleansing washes away excess oil, surface grime and forgotten makeup from the night before. Remember, though, that when it comes to cleansing, less is more. Avoid harsh chemicals or abrasive products or scrubbers. If you cleanse once per day, a gentle buffing with a good quality facial cleanser and warm water is more than enough to get the job done. The key is consistency.
Believe it or not, the most common problem you’ll face when it comes to exfoliation is overdoing it. Exfoliation is an important process for, but you should really only be exfoliating two to three times per week for a maximum of about 30 seconds, depending on your skin. To exfoliate, apply a small dab of your favorite exfoliating cream, and gently buff in concentric circles, paying particular attention to your nose, cheekbones, and forehead. Rinse with lukewarm water.
3. Apply Sunscreen
Now that your face is clean, it’s time to protect it. Regardless of your skin type, it’s important to apply a light coating of sunscreen to your facedaily. The skin on your face is particularly sensitive, and is easily damaged by UV rays from the sun. Select a sunscreen specifically formulated for everyday facial use – sunscreens intended for body use are too thick and oily, and will quickly clog your pores.
4. Use Vitamins
The right vitamins and minerals are critical to maintaining healthy, young-looking skin. The most essential vitamins are Vitamin A and Vitamin E, which reduce aging and limit the effect of free radicals on your skin. Eating foods rich in these vitamins is important; however, it’s also a good idea to supplement these naturally-occurring varieties with a concentrated cream.
5. Apply an Eye Cream
The skin under the eyes is particularly thin, and capillaries can easily become visible during times of physical stress. This gives rise to dark, tired looking circles under the eyes. A specially formulated eye cream will provide your under-eye skin with a shot of Vitamin K, the most important vitamin in preventing and correcting dark, saggy eyes.
6. Apply makeup – sparingly
If you apply makeup, make sure to do so in a way that’s healthy for your skin. Over-application of makeup can quickly become cyclical – excessive makeup clogs the pores and creates skin problems, making you feel even more inclined to add a little more. Use very light powder foundation, and avoid anything sticky or oily. Regardless of what makeup you use, always remove it thoroughly at the end of the day.