Tips to Maintaining a Healthy Face
Having a healthy face isn’t purely a genetic feature. Although skin issues such as acne, eczema, and rosacea can be passed down through one’s parents or grandparents, the most likely cause behind dull and generally unhealthy-looking skin is improper care of the skin. We are going to discuss a few of the major factors that should be remembered when trying to achieve a glowing, healthy face.
Let’s start off with the most basic—and the most obvious—solutions for achieving and maintaining healthy skin, which is daily cleansing. A good facial cleanser is the foundation element to a good skin care routine. All throughout the day our skin comes into contact with dirt, various temperatures, sunshine, and sometimes even chemicals. These elements can cause a buildup of dirt and damaged or dead skin cells. In order for the fresh, healthy skin underneath to retain its health and avoid becoming clogged and essentially polluted by this buildup, it must be cleansed every morning and evening. Cleansing in the morning helps to rejuvenate the skin and prepare it for a new day, while cleansing at night serves the important purpose of sloughing away the day’s dirt and grime. It is very important that a gentle cleanser be used as harsh soaps can dry out and even damage the skin.
Using a facial moisturizer is nearly as important as using a gentle cleanser. Every time the face is washed—even with the mildest of soaps—the skin loses some natural oils which are designed to keep the skin supple and strong against the elements it faces on a daily basis. The type of moisturizer one should use depends on their skin type. There are three main types of skin: dry, oily, and combination. There are many moisturizers available on the market that caters to each of these skin types. It really is important to choose the right moisturizer, as the wrong moisturizer could lead to a less healthy appearance and even worsen certain skin conditions. For instance, a person with oily skin shouldn’t use a moisturizer designed for people with very dry skin because the lotion will put way too much moisture into an already oily skin type. This would likely result in a breakout of acne. But a person with dry skin also shouldn’t use a moisturizer meant for someone with oily skin because their skin may not receive enough of the moisture it requires and end up become dry, irritated, and red.
Exfo—what? Exfoliating is the process of using coarse textures to remove the dead skin cells from one’s skin. We don’t mean sand paper, but gentle elements such as brown sugar or salt. When these slightly abrasive items are paired with a smooth liquid or gel, they can be used to smooth gently over the skin in circular motions. This gentle scrubbing should not hurt or cause any irritation; it should only be enough to lift the clingy bits of skin cells which haven’t managed to be sloughed away naturally or through daily washing. One should exfoliate about once every week, but problematic skin may require exfoliation two or three times a week. It is not recommended that one exfoliate on a daily basis, as this could cause lead to skin damage or dryness.
One can easily make their own exfoliating scrub by mixing one of the coarse elements mentioned above (brown sugar or salt, or even normal sugar or coffee grounds) with a liquid such as yogurt (for combination skin), olive oil (for very dry skin), or lemon juice (for oily skin). Simply wet the face and then scrub it with the mixture for about a minute. Be very careful not to let the scrub come into contact with the eyes. After scrubbing, the mixture should be washed away and an everyday moisturizer should be applied to the skin.
Having a healthy face doesn’t have to seem like a dream. Anyone can practice a good skin care routine, even if it means purchasing special products to cater to skin conditions, such as a moisturizer specifically designed for individuals with eczema. Severe skin conditions or heightened skin sensitivity may require evaluation by a dermatologist before a sufficient skin care routine can be developed.