Skin Care

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    Finding Perfect Sunscreen

    Most people dread having to put sunscreen on because of the smell, the grease, and how it makes your skin feel. Admittedly, it’s not easy finding a great sunscreen because there isn’t a universal sunscreen that works for everyone. Considering your skin tone and type, hopefully this information will help you find the perfect sunscreen.

    Light skin tones: If your skin type is dry to normal, avoid layering your sunscreen over your face moisturizer. The water in your moisturizer will dilute the SPF in the sunscreen you’re applying, leaving it less effective for protection. Find an SPF that “moisturizing” or “hydrating” on the label. For combination or oily skin, look for an “oil-free” SPF 50, but if you’re very fair and burn easily, look for a higher SPF. Pick a noncomedogenic sunscreen that won’t clog your pores either.

    Medium skin tones: For dry to normal skin types, apply a sunscreen that is at least SPF 30. If you skin feels dry, mist with water, blot dry the skin, and reapply your sunscreen. The mist will add moisture for you skin to absorb. If you have a combination or oily skin type, seek a non-greasy sunscreen formula. Just remember to apply thoroughly for even coverage.

    Dark skin tones: If your skin type is dry to normal, you should wear a sunscreen that is at least SPF 15. If your skin is dry or easily breaks out, check the labels for a sunblock that is “hydrating” and “noncomedogenic.” Darker skin tones often reflect light making them look oilier. For oily or combination skin types, look for a matte finish SPF 15, containing silica or talc in the ingredients, which will reduce the shine on your skin.

    These tips and information should make it a lot easier to find the perfect sunscreen. It’s important to be consistent with applying sunscreen, and avoid products that you know will irritate your skin. Just because your friend loves a particular sunscreen, doesn’t mean it’s the perfect sunscreen for you.


    Get Super Soft Skin Again

    As we age, our skin starts to lose those rich oils, and skin cells don’t repair themselves as easily. It’s work to get baby soft skin, and even with really healthy skin it is a challenge to retain moisture. All of the elements we put our skin through such as extreme heat and cold temperatures, icy winter winds, dry office heating, and inconsistent diets.

    In order to preserve fresh, young, and moisturized skin, it’s important to be consistent with using moisturizer, cleansing, and taking proper care of the skin. Most people are lacking to provide excellent care for their skin, which is what contributes to the early aging and dryness of skin. If it helps, think of your skin as if you were an infant trying to preserve that perfectly smooth and soft skin.

    When it comes to skin cleansing, the best products to use are very gentle cleansers, and opt for a cream or oil-based body wash in the shower. Astringents and harsh soaps will wash away your skin’s healthy oils, which will cause your skin to dry out as soon as you towel off. Also over-washing will dry out your skin as well because your skin has a layer of natural oils that lock in moisture. Constantly washing will wash this layer away.

    Timing can be everything when it comes to moisturizing your skin. When skin is still damp is the best time to moisturize because it will absorb and trap moisture more effectively. This goes for hands and body. Moisturize while your skin is still damp after the shower, and try to strategically leave lotions by your sink or at your desk to remind you to moisturize often.

    To nourish your skin, what you consume is just as critical as cleansing and moisturizing. Fish oil is an excellent supplement to take to improve the health of your skin and hair. Also, healthy vegetables are loaded with good vitamins and minerals to keep your skin smooth.

    The moment you notice a change in your skin, it is important to take action right away, and then stick with it. Be sure to moisturize after your shower every day, and drink at least the recommended 8.5 glasses of water daily. In addition to these recommendations, you could also use a humidifier in your bedroom to prevent your skin from drying out while you sleep.