If you suffer from skin conditions like acne or rosacea, or you are starting to notice a few more wrinkles when you look in the mirror, it may be time to reevaluate your skincare routine and lifestyle choices. Without dumping a paycheck on an expensive skin care system, there are a few things you can do to improve the look and feel of your skin.
- Wash in the morning and before bed with cold water and a gentle cleanser. The cleanser will get rid of oil buildup and dirt that has accumulated without stripping your skin. Try an exfoliating scrub once or twice a week for a deeper clean that will stimulate the growth of new cells.
- Apply a moisturizer to damp skin after every time you wash. If your skin is prone to breakouts or is sensitive, opt for a water-based product.
- To keep your skin looking hydrated, drink at least eight glasses of water a day and limit caffeine and alcohol, which have dehydrating effects.
- Consider adding a retinol cream at night to fight off wrinkles. Retinol boosts cell growth and collagen production, so even if you are in your 20's, it's a good habit to get into.
- Eat a well-balanced diet with a lot of fruits and vegetables and limit sugar intake. Sugar causes inflammation and can lead to skin problems.
- Wear sunscreen daily on your face. Even if you don't plan on spending the day at the beach, daily exposure to the sun's UV rays will speed up the aging process by slowing down collagen production and cell growth.
- Try to sleep at least eight hours consistently to give your cells time to repair. Your skin will look better, and you will feel better.
- Limit stress, when possible, to lessen breakouts and ward off wrinkles. Exercise to relieve tension, or practice yoga to calm your mind.
- Absolutely ditch the cigarettes. Smoking will cause your skin to age before its time. It also discolors it and makes it look sallow.