- Daily Routine: Keep it Simple!
While you should wash your face daily, try and keep your routine simple.Wash your face at least once a day with a mild soap or cleanser. When shaving, men should either shave as part of the wash or just after – the important thing is to keep the skin moist to avoid razor burn and skin irritation. Following cleansing, apply oil or cream to smooth, moisturize and protect your skin – this will also help your skin retain its natural elasticity. Choose products that have natural vegetable oils in them, as these have anti-aging properties and health benefits for your skin.
Pick products based on your skin type. For example: If you have oily or acne-prone skin, use products that are water-based rather than oil based, and go easy on rich moisturizer. If you have dry skin, avoid harsh exfoliating cleansers that will strip your skin of the natural oils, and always apply rich moisturizer following your cleansing process.
Before you go out into the elements, make sure your skin is protected. Sun causes noticeable damage that can be difficult to reverse. Make sure to apply sunscreen on exposed flesh, particularly on the face. Consider using a moisturizer that has SPF added to it – there is also foundation and other makeup that contains SPF. Be sure to wash your face in the evening before applying your night cream, as the oils from the sunscreen will clog your pores.
Keep your basic washing care simple. Over-washing will strip your skin of its natural oils and dry it out. It can also cause irritation and redness. Avoid using too much makeup – or at least be sure to always remove it and clean your face. Makeup can damage your skin by clogging your pores; certain ingredients within makeup can also aggravate the skin.
- Protect your skin!
As mentioned, sun damage causes noticeable aging of the skin. A daily dose of sunshine is good for you, as it provides much needed vitamin D – your skin will also appear healthier. However, too much sun can cause extensive damage, from pigmentation, toughness and dryness of skin, wrinkles, and even skin cancer. Limit your time in direct sunlight – at peak hours, seek shade. Make sure you are protected as much as possible by using sunscreen and applying every 2 hours you are outdoors. Also consider wearing long clothing, and always wear a hat to protect the delicate skin of your scalp, and shield your eyes from harmful UVB rays.
- Take Lecithin
Lecithin is a fatty substance that provides numerous benefits. It is composed of glycerol, fatty acids, cholin, ethanolamine, inositol and serine – these last four are key components in tissue regeneration. Lecithin also aids in the function and regeneration of nerve tissue. Furthermore, it even has cleansing effect upon the skin, helping the sebaceous gland to produce sebum, or healthy, cleansing oils that help clean the skin and keep it moist.Consider taking a daily dose of a lecithin supplement or product, to aid skin regeneration and revitalization.
- Eat Fish and Seafood
Fish and seafood have essential fatty acids and omega-3s which help keep the skin moist and firm, as well as helping against sun damage to the skin. Choose fish that are particularly rich in these fatty oils, or “fat fish”: these fish also have high contents of vitamin A and D – skin-friendly vitamins.
- Use Plant Oils
A lot of skincare products, particularly natural ones, contain certain plant or essential oils which work wonders for the skin, improving skin regeneration and smoothness. These oils include flax seed oil, borage oil, wheat germ oil, olive oil and evening primrose oil – this last one is particularly rich and great for mature skin. You can use products that have these oils among their ingredients or even use a small amount of the pure oil as a moisturizer, following your cleansing procedure. You don’t need much – a small amount, just enough to saturate the skin, will be sufficient and help with smoothness; too much will clog the pores.
- Consume Olive Oil and Other Natural Oils
Just as you can receive the benefits from plant oils directly through the skin, consuming these oils will also help the skin from the inside out. Use olive oil when cooking – it contains high amounts of vitamin E and mono-unsaturated fatty acids, which helps keep your skin supple and soft, as well as helping it to regenerate. Don’t rest on olive oil alone: you will also need poly-unsaturated fatty acids, so consider using other oils or taking supplements which contain these oils. Such oils include evening primrose, flax seed, soy, wheat germ and borage oils.
- Take Conjugated Linolaeic Acid (CLA)
An important fatty acid to skin regeneration (therefore helping it maintain a youthful look) is CLA, or conjugated linolaeic acid. It is produced in cows by helpful bacteria. This means that consuming milk and other dairy products will give you CLA, and help improve the general health of your skin; however, great amounts of dairy products, as they are fattening, can harm circulation and put your heart at risk. Consider taking CLA as a supplement which will allow you to control your weight and give you those skin benefits.
- Don’t Smoke
Smoking is an all-around bad habit for your health, and this includes having negative effects on your skin. Especially over time, smoking will cause discoloration of the skin, wrinkles, and a loss of skin elasticity.