Acne, skin discoloration, and dullness can rob our skin of its beauty; the good news is, many of the problems that commonly plague the complexion can be reduced simply by treating your skin to tender loving care on a regular basis. If you want to have a healthier complexion, these 4 secrets can help your skin look its best.
- All skin types require hydration. Many women believe that only dry skin needs moisturizer, but nothing could be further from the truth. Even oily complexions require healthy moisture to remain soft and smooth and to maintain elasticity. The trick is to use a moisturizer that is geared toward your skin type. For a normal to oily complexion, look for formulas that are noncomedogenic and use humectants like hyaluronic acid to supplement moisture.
- A daily regimen is essential for healthy skin. Every day, your skin needs three basic things: cleansing, toning, and moisturizing. Cleansing removes makeup residue, excess oils, and impurities from the environment to fight irritation. Toning corrects the pH balance of delicate skin tissue, which normalizes oil production (this is effective for both oily and dry skin types). By doing these three things twice a day, you can address common problems that affect our skin and improve the texture and appearance of your face.
- We need sun protection, too. Whatever the pigment of your skin, burns do happen, and protection from UV rays is of utmost importance. The Skin Cancer Foundation reports that incidents of skin cancer in the entire Latino community have risen by 20 percent in the last decade–and often, this disease is preventable. Applying makeup or skin care products with broad-spectrum SPF 30 sun protection on a daily basis can decrease your chances of developing the most deadly form of skin cancer, melanoma, by 50 percent.
- Facials are a must. Many women think of facials as pure pampering, but undergoing facials on a regular basis actually goes a long way toward improving and maintaining skin health. During a facial, an esthetician can remove blockages from your pores (that you can’t extract with topical products), exfoliate dead tissue, and treat your skin to facial masks to address your specific skin concerns. You’ll be amazed at what a difference regular facials make, particularly when you aim to have one at least once every three months.
Remember that it’s never too early or too late to begin taking good care of your skin. Starting on a healthy regimen and getting regular facials when you’re in your 20s can help you decrease skin imperfections later in life. If that ship has sailed, fear not! Adopting a regimen for the first time in your 50s can help you address any skin abnormalities while lowering your chances of developing further damage. At any age, the key to beautiful results is consistent skin care efforts.