We all want clean, clear skin, but most of us know it takes a lot of work to get our face looking model-fresh.
Your skin isn't just a barrier to the outside world. Like your heart and lungs, your skin is an organ, and it is the largest on in your body.
First, consider feeding it with a healthy diet. Plant-based, antioxidant, fish oil-rich diets like the Mediterranean Diet don't just nourish our skin. Some believe a healthy diet may also help prevent deadly skin cancers.
Keeping skin healthy doesn't just impact how your look, it also impacts how you feel. Long hot showers feel great, but they deplete oils. Shorter, cooler showers work best. Use gentle skin cleansers, instead of harsh soaps.
To combat dryness, apply moisturizers to damp skin. There are so many on the market. You can save money by choosing products that do more than one thing!
The American Academy of Dermatology suggests a sunscreen containing moisturizer with antioxidants, plus Dimethicone, grape seed oil or petrolatum.
Acne prone patients should avoid heavy oils that can clog pores, like cocoa butter or coconut
Remove dead surface cells once a week. At-home fixes often contain lactic, glycolic or salicylic acid. Salicylic acid foaming washes have a double benefit because they also help control breakouts.
For anti-aging, look for Vitamin A products like retinols and alpha hydroxy products.
To reduce age spots, pigment blocking products with hydroquinone are also over the counter
And here's another price buster: petroleum jelly. Use it for cracked dry skin, or to protect your baby from chafing.
Bottom line: do something nice for your skin at least twice a day. Don't feel like you need to spend a lot of money to get the best boost. As much as we love to mix and match, dermatologists say keep it simple and avoid repetition. Limiting the brands you choose will save money and space.
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