Alright, so we have talked about skin from the inside out, now let's talk about it from the outside in. First off,
avoid prolonged exposure to the sun or wear sunscreen if the sun is unavoidable. When I was in high
school the big thing was to bake yourself to a crisp in the tanning beds. I admit, I was right there with all of
my classmates roasting under the lamps. I loved the way that I looked with the healthy tan glow, a few
freckles across my nose, and a little of that extra oil dried up. But then I heard about skin cancer and saw a
few horrible pictures. My baking days were over. I still like the looks of bronzed skin, but if I don't have
a beautiful tan all summer long, I am totally o.k. with that because I know that I am saving my skin for
the future. It is important to wear sunscreen every day. Even on cloudy days in the winter. If it is brighter >
outside than in the middle of the night, the sun is putting out harmful rays. There are a lot of good
moisturizers out there with sunscreen in them to save you a step. You should be able to find different
brands at your local pharmacy store, grocery store or super store.
Another thing that comes from the sky is pollution. I live in the Midwest, so this is not
much of a problem in my area, but I know that there are many regions of the world
with extreme pollution problems. And though you can't stay inside forever, you can
help to wash away that pollution at the end of the day. Use a good soap or facial
cleanser to remove old makeup and other pollutants. Follow with an astringent or
toner. It will help to get rid of anything that the soap may have missed. Don't forget to
put moisturizer on to keep your skin from drying out.
We can all have beautiful skin; it doesn't have to be expensive. Sure there are skin
care items out there that cost a small fortune, but that doesn't mean that the less
expensive versions can't do a good job as well. In fact, one of the best facial soaps is a brand sold world
wide for just about a US dollar a bar. People with very sensitive skin are often recommended this soap by
dermatologists. Also, moisturizers vary in price greatly. I suggest finding one with the properties that are
important to you, such as extra moisturizing, normalizing, wrinkle reducing, sunscreen and so on.
Try different ones until you find one that works really well for you. There are also a lot of extra facial
emollients that are available to help with fine lines, big lines, discolorations, blemishes, pores, blackheads,
puffiness, etc. Once again, find what works for you, but remember-if it sounds too good to be true,
it probably is.
If after following all of my advice you still find yourself with a zit the size of Mt. St. Helens on your mug,
have no fear. Brush your teeth before you go to bed and before you put away your toothpaste put a dab
on the middle of that annoying blemish and get your beauty rest. In the morning it should be much better,
although you may have to repeat this several nights in a row. Don't do it in the morning though. It's nice
to have a minty fresh breath but not necessarily a minty fresh face! If, when you wake up, you still have
some redness from that imperfection pull out the eye drops, you know the ones that are known for taking
redness out of eyes. Put a couple of drops on the pimple and it should help with the redness. Let's face
it, you won't be needing the drops for your eyes anymore because there will be no more late nights out
drinking till dawn-bad for your skin!
Last but definitely not least. Get enough sleep! You know how crummy you feel when you are tired; that
is exactly how crummy your skin looks too. Try to get about 8 hours of sleep a night. Now I know that is
not possible for some people, but do your best to keep up on your sleep. So, stop reading this and go get more beauty rest!!!