Nothing makes you feel as confident as having glowing, radiant skin. Great skin makes you look younger and feel healthier no matter what your age or physical condition. Plus, many ways of taking care of your skin give you the opportunity for some serious pampering. So go ahead–make your skin glow. You deserve to look and feel fabulous.
Exfoliate your face gently. Exfoliation removes dead skin cells, impurities and excess oil while preparing your skin for cleansing and toning.
Pour some toner onto some cotton batting. Rub the toner over your face until no excess dirt remains. Apply a good moisturizer with natural oils such as rosemary or almond. Massage the cream into your skin for hydration and a dewy look.
Use the same family of products. If you use 1 brand of cleanser, choose your toning and moisturizing products from the same brand. Taking a unified approach is often better for your skin, because mixed brands don’t always interact well with one another.
Avoid taking long, hot showers. Sure, they feel great, but they also strip your skin of essential moisture. Especially in the winter, limit your showers to 10 minutes and keep the water lukewarm.
Use facial cleansing creams on your neck and chest. These areas are just as vulnerable to wrinkles, dryness and signs of aging as your face is. After cleansing these areas with a facial cream, rub in a facial moisturizer. You can also use a facial mask on these areas once per month.
Skip soaps with heavy deodorants. Instead, go with a soap that contains added fat, like Dove, Neutrogena or Oilatum. The added fat leaves a moisturizing layer on your skin after your shower is over.
Smear a thick moisturizing cream or balm over your hands and feet at night. Then, cover your hands with thin cloth gloves, and put some socks on your feet to allow the moisture to hydrate your hands and feet. Always use a loofah when you wash your body. Loofahs get rid of dead skin cells and also prevent bumps from ingrown hairs. To make your skin even more smooth, you can sprinkle your loofah with some drops of a cleanser containing AHAs.
Spread powder on the areas of your body where skin meets skin. Under your breasts, under your arms and on your inner thighs are good places. The powder prevents chafing, bacterial growth and itching.
Pour soy milk on your cereal or take soy isoflavones. If you choose the supplement, go for 160 milligrams per day. Soy proteins are essential to building collagen and protecting collagen from free radical damage.
Take rose hips. These supplements are rich in Vitamin C and will keep your skin looking youthful.
Have a good multivitamin daily. Look for vitamins containing 100 percent of your recommended daily allowance for Vitamin A, Vitamin C and the B vitamins. Also, choose foods that are rich in these vitamins:
Eat garlic. Garlic has a number of potential benefits for your skin. Your skin cells last longer and look more youthful. Garlic may also prevent the growth of cancerous skin cells.
Add omega-3 fatty acids to your diet. Fatty fish like salmon and mackerel are great sources of omega-3s. You can also get omega-3s from walnuts and olive oil. Drink tea. Tea is full of antioxidants that fight free radical damage to your skin. People who drink tea, according to studies, are also less likely to develop squamous cell skin cancer.
Have 8 8-ounce (235 ml) glasses of water each day. Water keeps your skin hydrated and flushes toxins out of your body.
Smear olive oil over dry skin patches including your face, the backs of your arms, your elbows and your knees.
Prepare your own homemade toner.
Take a nourishing bath. Try some of these add-ins to help itchy, dry skin:
Wrap ice in a towel and apply it to dry, itchy skin patches. The ice will draw blood to the area to improve circulation and deliver moisture. Just make sure that your skin doesn’t get cold or numb.
Use aloe vera on extra-dry skin. You can either purchase bottled aloe vera gel or cut the leaf off of an aloe vera plant and rub the gel on your skin.
Use grapefruit on rough elbows. Exfoliate your skin in the shower. Then, cut a grapefruit in half. Sink your elbows into each half and soak the area for 15 minutes. The acids will help to smooth your skin.
Add 1 teaspoon of grapeseed oil to your bottle of toner. Grapeseed oil counteracts aging by helping your skin cells to repair themselves. Spritz your skin with water and essential oils. In a small spray bottle, mix a few drops of bergamot, rose or sandalwood oil with some water. Close your eyes and spray the mixture onto your face whenever your skin feels dry.
Make your own face mask from ingredients that you may have in your kitchen. Try any of the following ideas:
Whisk 1 tablespoon of plain yogurt with a few drops of sesame oil. Apply the mixture to your face, throat and upper chest and leave it on for 15 minutes.
Use baby lotion every night. Put it on arms, legs and stomach. Put it on after every shower.