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The Right Way To Take Care Of Your Skin

Aug 17, 2007
Most women are obsessed with taking care of their skin. They spend hundreds and thousands of dollars to make their skin look young, healthy and vibrant. The cosmetic and skin care industry has been having a heyday because no matter how the economy goes down, women will always spend for beauty to maintain that youthful look.

Advancement of technology has, too, been contributing a lot in improving the skin care industry by coming up all sorts of machines for skin treatments and medications. There are ways for predicting facial lines and wrinkles, pimples and treatments to prevent them from coming out or for medicating acne problems. Products like moisturizers, creams, facial wash, exfoliants and toners are continuously popping out of the market to somehow offer answers to different skin problems.

But most women these days cannot afford such hi-tech medications and treatments and just rely on their own skin care regimen hoping the products they have can at least solve half their skin problems away. Actually, you do not have to spend so much as celebrities do.

Your simple skin care routines at daytime and nighttime may just be the right choice. You just have to be guided on the products you use and of course your basic knowledge of your own personal skin type. It is important to know if you have very sensitive skin or not because anything that you might apply on your skin may lead to a high or a disaster. It is always best to take care of your skin using natural organic ingredients and products. You may even have them inside your kitchen rather than going to skin shops that often offer hi-end products.

Accurate information from credible sources can also be a great help. Skin care for young and aging women vary because as your skin matures, it becomes more and more vulnerable to physiological changes and environmental factors. Therefore, you need to be very careful in your application of treatments and medications.

Taking care of a 20-year old skin

After the adolescence stage, your acne problem has diminished leaving the skin of a young lady with a youthful glow, healthy, acne-free and vibrant. This is the stage when your skin is at its lovely peak. But this is no reason for you to lax in your skin regimen. It is at this stage that your skin needs most care because it is maturing meaning skin cell renewal drops to 28%, your dead skin cells does not come off easily and your skin becomes more vulnerable to external conditions making it a little bit drier.

The best way to take care of your skin at this stage is to regularly exfoliate your skin to eliminate old skin cells and start growing new ones. Also, avoid direct sunlight. It is better to inform you that exposure to sunlight accounts for most of the aging problems. If you cannot avoid going out in mid-day, be sure to bring an umbrella with you to cover up your skin and use a good natural moisturizer and apply it before and after your exposure.

Be cautious, too, of your smoking habits because this also contributes to the dullness of your skin. Smoking does not allow oxygen to get into the outer layer of your skin thus causing a premature aging effect meaning unwanted wrinkles around your mouth and god knows where. If you cannot quit smoking, be sure to counteract its effects by a regular cardio-vascular exercise.

Taking care of a 30-year old skin

If at 20, you are cautious in taking care of skin, much more during this stage because the external factors like pollution, smoking and sunlight start affecting the dermis making skin cell renewal even slower, collagen fibres loosening thus wrinkles are starting to appear.

At this age, it is very important that you have already regularized your skin care regimen which includes exfoliating, cleansing, moisturizing and protecting your skin from direct sunlight. It is also good to maintain a well-balanced diet - regular intake of vegetables, fresh fruits, grains and fish, foods that are rich in antioxidants like Vitamin A, B, C and E. An abundant supply of these nutrients help the skin rejuvenate, repair itself, produce collagen, moisturize and stay healthy. Maintain your food as natural as possible and avoid those that are processed.

If you are drinking, try to lessen your habit already because alcohol has a bad effect on your skin. Alcohol deprives your skin of the needed nutrients and can cause the appearance of the red spider veins on your cheeks.

One of the most inexpensive skin care regimen that can be advised to you is drinking lot of water in a day at least 3 liters. It maintains your skin's moisture. Try to also be cautious of your water intake. Only take filtered water to avoid excessive impurities like chlorine enter your body system.

Exposure to sunlight

Since direct exposure to sunlight is the primary cause of premature aging, it is best to know how you can protect yourself while outside under the sun.

- Avoid sunlight exposure after 10 am as the heat becomes fiercer at mid-day.
- Always bring with you your sunscreen and apply it whenever you are outside, sunbathing or skiing.
- Keep in mind to wear clothes that will protect you from the harmful UV rays.
- Always drink plenty of water.
- Do not strain yourself too much with strenuous activities especially on a hot day.
- If you do get over-heated or sunburned, do the following procedures:
- Cool yourself under a lukewarm bath
- Apply a cold compress on your head and neck
- Have a glass of cool water beside you and sip frequently
- Take a rest
- Loosen tight.

If you religiously follow all these skin care regimen, then you do not have to worry of wrinkles soon. In fact, you may allow growing old gracefully and accept that your youthful skin will fade naturally and slowly enough to enjoy your life as a young woman and welcome your aging happily.
About the Author
Lee Dobbins writes for http://naturalskincare.unique-articles.com where you can find more articles on skin care.
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