The Four Standards of Healthy Skin Care

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The skin is the largest organ on your body, and it’s the first thing people notice when they look at you.

No one wants to have bad skin, but the truth is everyone is different and has different skin types. Even people with great skin aren’t happy with it sometimes.There are people with oily skin, acne-prone skin, dry skin, bumpy skin…the list goes on and on. When you aren’t happy with your skin it can cause a great deal of mental stress stemming from self-esteem issues.

These self-esteem issues are the number one driving force for marketing companies to promote the plethora of products for basically every type of skin problem. Do they work? Maybe some of them do, but do you actually know what you’re putting on your skin?

There are a lot of great products out there for skin care, but too many people overlook the basic and fundamental truths to quality skin. This article will list the four standards everyone should make habits of to improve skin conditions and create longevity for the skin. Practice these and it’s only a matter of time before you see terrific improvements to your skin.

1) Wash the face with lukewarm water, not too hot or too cold. 

Your face is exposed to every sort of natural element imaginable during the day — sun rays, wind, snow, rain, pollution, etc. Washing your face in hot water can strip the natural oils that create moisture in your skin right off, causing dryness and flaking.

Those natural oils also are the number one defense for your skin against the elements, so when you strip them away, your skin is much more vulnerable to damage from exposure to elements. Dryness combined with damage from natural elements creates a synergistic effect causing the skin to look rough, bumpy, or even more oily because your body is trying to compensate for the moisture lost from the hot water damage.

2) Use a moisturizing lotion, especially in the winter.

Men and women both benefits greatly from using a moisturizing lotion or gel on  their faces. Men experience damage to the skin during shaving and exposure to the elements, especially during the cold, skin-drying winter months. There are plenty of men brand moisturizers available and should be applied directly after shaving or showering to preserve the moisture in your skin before it has the chance to dry up.

The same thing goes for women. There are so many moisturizers available in the forms of creams, lotions or gels and you just need to find one that matches your skin type and works for you. Make it a habit to apply the moisturizer to the entire face after washing in the morning and before going to bed at night.

Look for moisturizers with natural ingredients that soothe the skin and make sure they are dermatologist tested and “non-comedogenic” which means they won’t clog pores and cause breakouts.

3) Don’t overdo the washing, or the scrubbing.

Many people with bad skin feel the need to wash their face more often or try scrub harder with their facial wash to remove the impurities. As tempting as it may be, this is just a quick fix and not a permanent solution.

Yes, your skin will feel better immediately after washing it, but it is important to understand that every time you wash your face you are drying it out, even if you aren’t using hot water.

You don’t want your skin to become dependent on constant washing in order to feel clean. Instead, just wash it twice a day — once in the morning and once before you go to bed at night. If you can’t stand the way your skin feels mid-day, use a facial tissue to remove the oil and grime from your skin.

Washing your face less allows your sebaceous glands (the glands that produce the oil) to even out, or normalize, their oil production. When the skin is constantly washed these glands go into overdrive and they produce more oil to compensate for the moisture that was lost.
4) Don’t touch your face throughout the day

This one may sound like the most obvious of the four, but believe it or not it is one of the hardest habits to break. Each day, your hands come in contact with millions of germs. Touching your face triggers breakouts because these impurities clog up your pores and create blemishes.

“Bacteria, viruses and allergens transfer from fingertips onto the skin. Also, repeatedly rubbing the skin can do some real damage,” says Dr. Ava Shamban, certified dermatologist and author of Heal Your Skin, in a Huffington Post article.

Touching your face can be a hard habit to break, but think about a dollar bill for example. Visualize all of the places that one dollar bill has been, all of the hands it’s touched, all of the tables its been on before it winds up in your wallet. Now think about taking that dollar bill out of your wallet and rubbing it all over your face; it’s the same concept as touching your face with your hands, especially if they haven’t been washed!