Aug 23, 2017 | Face
Our skin can’t always be as beautiful as it was when we were in our 20s. As we grow older, our faces, neck and chest begin to display signs of aging such as wrinkles, uneven skin tone and dryness. Luckily, modern cosmetic advancements and aesthetic treatments have made looking years or even decades younger an attainable possibility. With a comprehensive skin care routine aimed at reducing the appearance of aging, you can reclaim the firm, healthy-looking skin of your youth.
Though many people enjoy a refreshing facial cleansing in the mornings to wake themselves up, evenings are actually the best time of day to attend to your skin’s needs. Throughout the day, your face, neck and chest collect dirt and toxins from the air and are dried out by the wind and sunlight. By exfoliating and cleansing in the evenings, you can ensure your skin is perfectly clean before it begins its overnight rejuvenating cycle when you go to sleep.
The first step to beautifully smooth skin is exfoliation. This process removes dead skin cells from the top layers of skin and prevents them from collecting inside your pores. This dramatically reduces the prevalence of blemishes and promotes a fresher appearance. However, exfoliating can become harsh on certain skin types. It’s recommended you only exfoliate once or twice per week to prevent irritation or redness. Those who want a more thorough facial exfoliation can seek out chemical peels at their local skin care professional’s office.
If you’re looking for a daily solution to oily skin, cleansing face washes can provide deep cleaning power without the harsh abrasion found in exfoliators.
Once your face is clean as a whistle, it’s time to ensure it locks in all that moisture. Invest in a quality moisturizer for your face, neck and chest to maintain a firm appearance with a more even skin tone. Some skin types may suffer from chronic dryness following a face wash or exfoliation, meriting the use of professional-grade moisturizers.
Every face is different, however, and may require unique moisturizers to achieve the best results.
Perhaps one of the most important elements of your skin care routine is the consistent application of quality sunscreen. Many of us may have unpleasant memories of seemingly overbearing mothers forcing sunscreen upon us as children. However, daily sunscreen usage can do wonders for your skin as you age. The sun causes more damage than just the occasional sunburn. With repeated UV exposure, your skin begins to develop age spots, uneven tones, wrinkles and more.
Sunscreen prevents UV radiation from permeating your skin, thus reducing the appearance of skin imperfections in the future. Sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 should be applied daily 20 minutes before being exposed to sunlight and re-applied every two hours for best results.
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