Your face is made up of forty-three different muscles. From the moment you wake up in the morning to the time you go to bed at night, these muscles work overtime to express emotion. One of the most important parts of your face (and your entire body for that matter) is your skin. Your skin is your body’s largest organ, protecting your other organs, tissues, and bone from exposure to the outside world – kind of like a peel does for a banana, but more complex. To keep your skin from getting bruised and beat up like a banana skin does, you need to take care of it.
Skin care is universal and gender neutral. Everyone should practice skincare. Some people get overwhelmed when it comes to skin care because of the variety of products and practices there are, but we’re here to make it easy for you. In this article, we’ll give you 5 easy tips to keep your skin healthy, young, and strong.
Clean Your Face
The skin on your face needs to be washed, and regularly. While there isn’t a standard for how often you should be washing your face, the general rule is one to two times a day, but specifically after you workout. If you have oilier skin, you can also choose to wash it in the morning and at night. If you have dry or sensitive skin, it’s better to stick to washing just once (usually at night). A lot of people think that washing your face is synonymous to removing your makeup – it’s not. You should always remove your makeup before you wash your face, as many face washes don’t remove concealers and foundations that end up blocking your pores and resulting in acne or other skin problems. And never, ever sleep in your makeup! Cleaning your face is more than just washing. You can keep your face clean by bringing pads around with you to wipe your face down after you get down on the dance floor or work out to keep your face clean between washes.
Even on cloudy days, the skin on your face (and your entire body) is constantly being exposed to UV Rays from the sun. The only real way to protect your skin from the damage of these rays is by using some sort of sun protecting lotion. A lot of people associate sunscreen with the stinky, sticky stuff their moms slathered and sprayed all over their skin at the beach when they were young, but sunscreen isn’t like that anymore. There are hundreds of creams, lotions, gels, and sprays out there that you can pick and choose from based on your skin type and preferences. When you pick a sunscreen for your face, make sure you choose a product that is broad spectrum – protecting from both UVA and UVB rays, water resistant – so it stays on even if you sweat or swim, has a minimum SPF of around 15 to 30 (for daily use), and physical active ingredients like titanium dioxide and zinc oxide – these are better for you and the environment. For daily use, it’s easiest to find an everyday face lotion that also includes SPF protection so you don’t have to apply more than one lotion on your face a day.
Clean Your Skin From the Inside
Wash your face from the inside out. You can take the best care of your skin on the outside and still break out if you’re eating lots of greasy, sugary things or not drinking enough water to sweat out the toxins from your diet and lifestyle. Skin care starts on the inside. Your body is constantly losing water throughout the day through your breath, perspiration, and digestive system. Ladies, you should be drinking around 11.5 cups (or 2.7 liters) of water a day. Men, you should be drinking around 15.5 cups (or 3.7 liters) of water every day. Men have to drink a little more because their bodies burn more water through their higher muscle density and testosterone production. If you’re more active or live somewhere warmer, you should drink even more. A good rule is to drink one glass of water with each meal, another glass between each meal, and a glass before and after you exercise. If you’re thirsty, drink water! And if you’re hungry, sometimes you’re not – you’re just thirsty.
Read Your Product Labels
What you put on your face is important. While the type of cleaner (or makeup) you use: cream, lotion, foaming, etc., doesn’t really matter, what’s in it does. Make sure to read the labels on products to check their ingredients before you buy them or put them on your face. Stay away from skincare products that have fragrances, alcohol, parabens, or harsh soap. These substances can irritate or dry out your skin, making it break out and even age faster over time. For dry skin, you can choose to use products and washes with added moisturizers based on your personal preference and for oily skin you can choose to use foaming cleansers for a super clean feel. Additionally, you should always try to buy products that have natural ingredients!
Massage Your Face
You don’t have to pay money to get a face massage – you can give yourself one at home! Massaging your face is an important part of both skincare and self-care. The muscles in your face are constantly working – smiling, frowning, sneezing, etc., and they get tired just like your other muscles do. When you massage your face, you’re giving these muscles a much needed time for relaxation, along with stimulating lymphatic drainage to help remove toxins. Before you massage, make sure to prep your skin by washing your face with a gentle face wash. From there, use some sort of lotion, oil, or serum to begin massaging. You can do this with your fingers, or any type of facial massage tools that are available in stores and online. To increase skin firmness, use deeper motions. For oilier skin, stick to less pressure. The skin around your eyes is extremely sensitive, so stay away from that region of your face when you massage.
Self-care is important. But skincare is more than just self-care. Out of all of your organs, your skin has to deal with the most. If you’re looking at short term effects, proper skin care is good for preventing breakouts, but it’s more important because of its long term effects, aesthetic: preventing wrinkles, moles, blackheads, etc., and medical: lowering your chances for skin cancer and other skin diseases. When you take care of your skin, you’re setting yourself up for a better future!