As we age, our skin changes, it tends to get drier, become less elastic, and wrinkle. Keeping your skin healthy can slow down some of the noticeable signs of aging and help you stay physically healthier because it will be more difficult for bacteria to enter through your skin and make you sick.
Selecting the right skin cleanser
The condition of your skin will determine which cleaner will work best for you. If you have oily skin that is prone to acne or blackheads, then you may benefit from skin washes that contain salicylic gel, which works to help correct abnormal skin shedding. This helps with mild cases of acne because salicylic gel helps unclog pores. However, this does not impact the production of natural oils from the skin or kill bacteria.
Benzoyl peroxide is another good choice for those with oily skin. Benzoyl Peroxide is a topical medicine used to treat acne. It works by reducing the amount of acne-causing bacteria by causing the skin to become dry and peel (this helps get rid of dead skin cells, oil, and bacteria that may be trapped beneath). You can also use a foam cleanser for dry skin. If you have oily skin, cleaners that contain Glycolic may be useful. Glycolic is an acid that works by removing the outermost layer of dead skin cells (exfoliation), to help reveal the more vibrant skin underneath. Products with the ingredient in it can also be used to treat scarring, discoloration of the skin, and signs of aging. A milky cleanser may also be beneficial for those with dry skin.
Exfoliate your skin
On average, we lose approximately fifty million skin cells a week, and as they can stick to the surface of our skin, which can lead to a duller complexion, exfoliating can be tremendous. It is recommended that you exfoliate two or three times a week if your skin is healthy, however, if you have sensitive skin or skin that gets irritated easily, then you should exfoliate once per week. When exfoliating, use a product that has a neutral PH, so it doesn’t dry your skin as you exfoliate. You can use either an exfoliating product or get an exfoliation cloth. Just remember, don’t over-exfoliate. Exfoliating every day, for example, can lead to breakouts and cause chronic skin irritation.
Avoid heat exposure
Direct heat is bad for your skin, and we’re not just talking about heat from the sun; heaters, fireplaces, and other direct heat sources can dry out your skin, cause inflammation, and even lead to the breakdown of collagen. It is recommended that you stay a few feet away from a direct heat source when possible and take measures to protect or replenish your skin.
Don’t skip moisturizing
The most optimal times to moisturize your skin is right after you bathe or shower and before you turn in for the night. Avoid lotions and other moisturizers that contain heavy fragrances or ones that can irritate your skin. If you want to learn more about choosing the right moisturizer for your skin type, check out our previous blog, What’s the Difference Between Water Based Moisturizers and Oil Based Moisturizers? Lastly, remember that the properties of our skin can change, so it’s not unusual to have to switch up products from time to time.