Here are a few of my own suggestions that I hope will help you along your personal journey to skincare confidence.
1 Keep It Clean
The most important thing you can do for yourself and your skin, is to keep it clean. Never touch your fingers to your face until you wash them first because of bacterial transfer onto the skin which can clog pores. Always wash all your makeup off before bedtime because that's the time your pores open up and excrete oils and dirt from your skin naturally. Always start your day with a fresh clean face before applying any creams, moisturizers, or makeup. Basic cleansers are the best, such as, Cetaphil® or Purity Made Simple® by Philosophy, which are available at most drug, grocery or makeup specialty stores as well as online.
No matter your skin type, dry, oily, or normal, the skin needs hydration. After you clean your face each night and morning, always apply a fragrance-free moisturizer to your face. It can have natural fragrance, such as, lavender or a rose scent. But steer clear of artificial fragrances that may cause skin irritation. Remember that your entire body needs skin care, so slather on your favorite moisturizer daily for smooth and nourished skin.
3 Reduce Stress
Most physicians agree that the major cause of skin irritations is stress. When we get nervous or anxious, we start touching our faces or rubbing our arms and this causes bacteria to form. Each day, take at least 15 minutes to sit still, either in a comfortable chair or on the floor on your yoga mat, and just shut your eyes. Either have it completely quiet, or put on soothing music to relax your nerves. Try to let your thoughts just pass through you, do not dwell on them. After at least 15 minutes of shutting your eyes and relaxing, you will find that any stress you are holding inside your body will be released. It is your own mental attitude and awareness on the inside that will reflect in beautiful, glowing skin on the outside.
Hollywood stars have always known for generations that the sun is what causes premature aging to the skin. Many products now contain sunscreen, but make sure they are fragrance-free and noncomedogenic, so it should not clog your pores. Our grandmothers and great-grandmothers knew to always wear a hat when outdoors and to never let themselves get sunburned. The damage can be cumulative and last your entire life. The sun can later cause blotchy skin that cannot be reversed unless you spend thousands of dollars on laser skin treatments. Remember to always cover up when outdoors and wear a sunscreen either in your lotions or many foundations now contain sunscreen. Take advantage of these products when going outdoors and your skin will thank you for it.
Beautiful skin comes from the inside out. What you eat and drink will affect the general overall health of your skin. Remember to drink water throughout the day even when you are not sweating and exercising. No need to drink gallons and gallons of water which may flush vital nutrients out of your body. Just take sips throughout the day or a few glasses of water and squeeze some fresh fruit in the water for taste. Pick your favorite fruit, like lemon, or drop some freshly cleaned strawberries in a tall glass of water.
Be sure and choose fresh produce to eat daily. Go down the produce aisle of the grocery store and pick a variety of colors of fruits and vegetables. Remember that when you buy fresh frozen fruits or vegetables, they will spoil within days of sitting on your countertops. Some root vegetables like potatoes or carrots may last a bit longer. Avocados can be purchased before they are ripe and can be left on the counter to ripen.
Experiment with different recipes so you are cooking your own meals. Many pre-packaged meals or restaurant food contain high levels of sodium and sugar and should only be eaten on occasion.
Remember that you are what you eat. So select your diet carefully to ensure you are benefiting from all the nutrients that you and your skin need to thrive.
6 Castor Oil
The benefits of using castor oil has been known for generations. You can mix a few drops into your favorite moisturizer, it can be used as a laxative when taken internally, but be cautious and only use it sparingly. Consult a doctor first if you are taking the product internally.
Castor oil can help improve the look and growth of brows and lashes especially as we age. You can purchase castor oil at any drug or grocery store and sometimes they come with their own brush wands for easy application.
Be cautious of using the product on lashes. Do not get the product in your eyes. You can use a small tip brush applicator on the lash line, but normally, I only use castor oil on my brows and it works very well to promote growth. Any spaces between lashes or brows can be filled in using a waterproof eyeliner to match the color of your brows and lashes.
To help relieve stress and improve your overall mood and health, remember to get a daily dose of exercise. Whatever you do on the outside, will affect you internally and will result in glowing skin if you take care to move your body each day. Take a walk around the block, take a break from the computer and stretch out your muscles, do yoga, put on an exercise tape inside your home at lunchtime and follow up with fresh fruit and water to cleanse your system. Exercise will improve your mood and when you feel good, it will reflect in your outward appearance. What's on the inside will manifest itself on the outside. You want to make a good impression so you are ready for all the amazing opportunities that await you.
8 Consult a Doctor
If persistent skin irritations occur, unexplained blotchy skin or a rash, then it's time to consult a doctor. Sometimes it can be diet-related, so start eliminating some foods from your diet and the condition may disappear. For example, I found I was allergic to bananas causing me to have itchy skin. I eliminated all bananas from my diet, including bananas included in any pre-packaged frozen fruit mixes, and the condition went away. But, never be afraid to consult a physician if you have any issues or concerns about the appearance and health of your skin. Some laser treatments can eliminate brown spots as we age or any moles that may be cancerous. So, never hesitate to see your doctor for any health concerns and to help ensure that you live a long and healthy life.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2022 Nancy M