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Better Skin With Three Simple Skincare Tips

Mar 26, 2008
Skincare is a subject that confuses and baffles those of all ages and walks of life. From acne-prone teenagers to wrinkle-prone adults, and everywhere in between: a skincare regimen never rests. But with the buzz surrounding skincare, there are three basic tips that one needs to follow to ensure a spic-and-span complexion.

Step One to Better Skin: Exfoliation

Exfoliation is the process of removing oils, dirt, and dead skin cells from one's face. This leaves a fresh layer of skin that is both vibrant and radiant. Depending on how expensive one would like to go, there are several levels of exfoliation one can achieve.

In cheaper exfoliation scrubs, the beads present in the scrub may be of lesser quality. This may cause redness, small tears in the skin, and irritation. More expensive scrubs feature refined beads that do the job with more precision and less irritation.

For those who take their skincare more seriously, chemical peels can do a much more efficient job- albeit at a higher price. Chemical peels are generally done less often, as compared to daily facial scrubs. In that sense, they are also more efficient- as some only are required on a monthly basis.

Step Two to Better Skin: Cleansing

Cleansers act much like the exfoliation process, although they act to do so in a much more gentle process. Skin cleansers also typically include some ingredients, such as Salycic Acid, seeks to help prevent blemishes and blackheads that are associated with teenage acne.

Cleansers may also attempt to balance the oil levels of one's skin to ensure the best complexion. This requires that the skin type be known- whether it be oily, combination, dry, or anywhere in between. Only then can a proper cleanser be obtained to help balance oil levels on one's face.

Step Three to Better Skin: Moisturizing

Lastly, we have the often forgotten part of skincare: moisturizing. Moisturizers will help lock in water into the skin- giving it the natural glow and radiance that is so sought after. Moisturizers should be selected carefully, however, as some comedogenic lotions will make acne worse. In this case, look for a non-comedogenic moisturizer to get the best of both worlds.

Moisturizers also commonly come with sun blocking reagents, so as to help block skin from harmful ultraviolet rays that catalyze the process of aging and skin damage. In extreme cases of sunburn, one's skin may become extremely damaged and wrinkly as a result- for this reason, daily use of moisturizers are a big plus to maturing skin types.

Other Benefits and Routines That Aid Skincare Regiments

Skincare isn't all about physical interaction with one's face. In fact, drinking plenty of water each day is sometimes more important than moisturizing or cleansing the skin altogether. Sleep, in the same way, can affect one's skin- and lack thereof can produce bags under one's eyes. (Something that has become more apparent in today's world of decreased average sleep each night)

Keeping the three steps in mind will ensure a life-long satisfaction with one's complexion. Some disorders and ailments do require the aid of a dermatologist, although even in these cases a good cleansing routine may help reverse the condition. Also attempt to get increased bouts of sleep, taking naps if you have to- and drink plenty of water where possible, staying away from sodas and energy drinks. (Eight glasses of water a day will keep the dermatologist away, after all!)
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