Achieving Youthful Skin: Habits to Avoid and Adopt
by MedPlus Team, April 22, 2014
“The finest clothing made is a person’s own skin,” said Mark Twain and Gwyneth Paltrow noted, “Beauty to me is about being comfortable in your own skin”. To be comfortable in it your skin needs to be glowing and youthful. There are many more safe, accessible ways to achieve youthful skin than you might have thought. Read along to learn the tips and let us know through comments what you do to achieve near-perfect skin.
Avoid the Pitfalls
Some of the skincare techniques we adopt actually do more harm than good. Therefore it becomes imperative to avoid them. While the overall bad skin habits include ignoring the quality of what you eat when you wash your face, there are specific things that one should avoid. Stop pulling your skin while applying makeup, especially eyeliner. Do not rub skin aggressively, especially to remove makeup, because this habit can encourage irritation and create wear and tear on the collagen and elasticity fibers within the skin. Be sure to handle your skin with care.
Stop trying all the new products of your favorite brand. Know your skin type and stick to products that give decent results within the season. Because there are hardly any products available that can completely reverse your skin condition. They can only complement your beautiful skin and enhance your looks.
Do not overlook your skin needs which change with the seasons. Use light-weight products in the spring and summer, use exfoliation to repair and increase moisturization and use hydrating products during autumn and winter. Also, do not try to banish the blemish the moment you spot it. Leave it alone for some time and allow it to heal naturally. Or the red, dark scar from your efforts can make it linger for months.
Embrace the Care
A good skincare regime is vital for achieving youthful skin. The routine is as important for teens as it is for mature skin. An effective skincare routine doesn’t have to be intensive. Just pamper yourself with the basics of good skin care and healthy lifestyle choices to prevent various skin problems. Choose the right products for your skin type, apply the correct techniques and take care of your skin every single day.
Clear away the day’s makeup at night with a gentle face wash because left on overnight makeup can irritate the skin, clog pores, and trigger breakouts. Splash with lukewarm water on your face in the morning. Focus on protecting your skin from the sun with sunscreen, omega 3s, and antioxidants, which have powerful protective qualities. Avoid sun exposure and always wear sunscreen, ideally SPF 30 or above, every day if you want younger-looking skin.
Manage stress. Anxiety and stress trigger a chain of responses and make your skin look older than it actually is. Drink plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated and flush out all the toxins. Oil massage and powder massage are also considered to make your skin soft and supple. Eat the correct balance of foods with vital nutrients to help them stay soft, supple, and blemish-free. Eat proteins but in moderation. Avoid refined foods such as white flour, white rice, and processed sugar.
Once you start following these steps don’t expect an overnight miracle. It takes time for new skin to emerge. Small changes made by you will start showing a big difference in 2-3 months.