skin careThere is no need to spend a small fortune on skin care products. The fact is that your skin is designed to take care of itself. All you need to do is make sure that you are not abusing and mistreating your skin. You need to be sure that your skin is maintained as well as the rest of your body. So here are a few tips for people who are too busy to wrap themselves in mud every night.

Hydration is key to perfect skin.

Young and adult alike,  you need to stay hydrated. Even if you are a lazy person who feels no need to sweat, you should still stay hydrated as much as possible. We are all over 70% water, and the moment we start losing water (becoming dehydrated), we start drawing it from our skin. Skin is the largest of our body’s organs and is a storage place for most of your water, so be sure to keep it topped up if you do not want crows feet, dried skin and a blotchy complexion.

High salt must be matched with lots of exercise.

If you already do lots of exercise then salt is your best friend. It will seep out in your sweat, help to stop you over heating, and will even help to clear up your spots. If you eat too much salt and do not exercise, then the salt in your blood stream will draw the fluid from your skin cells. Your skin will look older and sag sooner. On the other hand, if you exercise and do not have salt in your system you will feel tired quicker, will feel warmer, and will have greasier skin.

High sugar must be matched with lots of vitamins and minerals.

Having a high sugar diet will not make you look older or nasty, unless you are not exercising away the sugar. If you sit around all day eating sweet stuff then your skin is going to suffer (amongst other things). If you do eat a lot of sugar then you can help to keep your skin looking great with more exercise and eating the vitamins and minerals present in fruit and vegetables. Multivitamins in pill form are okay, but they do not compare to the benefits you will feel from fruits and vegetables. If you have a sweet tooth, then you will just have to suffer eating fruits and vegetables if you want good skin.

Do not shower every day in winter.

Showering every day is going to remove essential oils from your skin (especially if you take hot showers), but it is better than being smelly and nasty all day. But showering every day in the winter and then letting the cold hit your face is going to break blood vessels under the skin. These are going to be difficult to heal and shift. In addition, you get to keep the essential oils in your skin for a day or two, which is good for your skin in the long term.

Do not take any advice if there is a price tag somewhere.

There are very few protected terms in the dermatology field. People can call themselves almost anything, and so you need to be very aware of the fact that the skin care industry is a massive cash cow. If there is price tag involved anywhere, then you are being exploited. If they are not charging for advice then they are going to point you towards buying a certain product. When somebody says, “It is good to moisturize after a hot shower” then take it under advisement. You are being exploited if they say, “After a shower you should moisturize with X brand moisturizer.”

There are no secrets to keep people looking young in their 50s, and there is no secret ingredient of keeping your skin spot free or keeping your skin looking bright and refreshed. Every product you use will give something and take something. For example, anti-aging creams have AHA or HA, which is actually a form of hydrochloric acid. It irritates the skin and makes it plump up, which is fine, but if you stop using it then you start to sag and look nasty from the months of acid irritation.

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