By now most of us have the cleanser, toner, moisturizer routine down pat. We stumble through it every morning and evening, almost on automatic pilot. But what if you want to do more for your skin? There’s more to proper skin care than those routine cleanings. Here are some “advanced” tips to help keep your skin as healthy as possible:
Mind Your Moles
Even if you are a religious sun screener, moles and other skin issues are going to crop up from time to time. The appearance of a mole isn’t necessarily cause for panic, especially if you notice it and try to treat it right away. To do this, you should be performing skin checks every day — not just of your face but of your entire body. Yes, you and your hand mirror are going to become very good friends.
When you do see a new mole, it is important to examine it thoroughly. This might mean taking a photo that you can enlarge — especially if the mole’s placement is inconvenient for up-close self-examination. Try using an over-the-counter mole removal product (natural is better than synthetic). If it works, great! If not, it’s time to see your doctor and have the mole more thoroughly checked out.
Organic and Natural Products
The best skin care, most of the time, comes from nature. Synthetic products that are comprised of acid-based chemical compounds can often do more harm than good. This is why using natural and organic products is always the best choice when it comes to choosing your skin care product line.
In fact, the very best skincare products are often products that you make yourself using ingredients you likely already have in your kitchen. Oatmeal, olive oil, coffee, milk, sugar, fruits, veggies and more can be combined in many different ways to create everything from cleansers to masks to body scrubs. It’s also more cost-effective.
Misting yourself with some cool water is a great way to refresh your complexion throughout the day. It is also helpful for keeping your skin moisturized and a good way to “set” cosmetics and powders. Keep your misting bottle in the refrigerator to keep the water cool. This is especially important when misting during the hotter months of the year as the cool water will help lower your body temperature and reduce your chances of excessive sweating.
The Importance of Masks
Your simple cleansing routine is good for everyday maintenance but once a week or so, you should take some time to really focus on your skin. Exfoliation and the application of a mask once a week can help undo the subtle damage that most cleansing routines won’t fix and boost your skin’s protection and appearance over the long term.
Your Whole Body
When we talk about skin care, we tend to focus on the face. This is because our faces are the first parts of us others tend to notice and we want to make a good impression. Still, if you truly want to care for your skin, you’ll take care of all of your skin, not just the skin people can see.
Exfoliate the skin on your body at least once a week and make sure your moisturizing routine includes tending to places like the soles of your feet and the rough patches that develop on elbows and ankles. Use a body wash that was built for your actual skin type (or create your own using natural ingredients).
Whether or not you choose to banish or embrace your body hair is up to you. Whichever you choose, make sure that you tend it carefully and regularly. For example, don’t use old razors for shaving or cheap depilatory creams for your face or bikini regions. If you’re going to wax, have it done by a professional.
If you come from a cultural background with thicker body hair, like those of you who might be of Greek or Middle Eastern decent, and you have trouble keeping up with your body hair maintenance, laser hair removal might be worth exploring.
These are just some of the natural ways that you can step up your skin-care routine to really nourish and cleanse your skin. If you follow our suggestions, you should see improvements in no time!