Simple skin care and lifestyle habits can be cumulative, doing wonders for the tone, texture, and softness of your skin. “But they don’t work if they are not done routinely,” says licensed esthetician Laura Kitzmann. “The most important part of daily skincare is the ‘daily’ part.” That means washing your face with a gentle cleanser every night, and following with the treatment products, including a moisturizer, that are right for your skin type. Spa Chez Vous recommends Kurland‘s goat butter cream, which is ideal for any skin type.

Choosing the right daily cleanser is a great first step toward softer skin. Gentle cleansers will clean your face without stripping your skin’s natural oils. “Consider avoiding products with sodium lauryl sulfate, which can be especially drying”, says board-certified dermatologist Tsippora Shainhouse, MD.

Daily cleansing is a must but it’s possible to overdo it. “Warm water and soap will dissolve natural skin oils, leaving skin susceptible to dehydration and damage,” Shainhouse explains. Limit showers to once a day at most, she advises, and use a moisturizing soap, like Kurland’s high-quality coconut oil bar for a splendid shower or bathing fun skin care experience.

If you must take a second shower to unwind, rinse off quickly with only water, pat dry with a towel, and apply a moisturizer within 3 minutes of getting out.

After cleansing your skin, use toner and moisturizer to lock in hydration. Kitzmann suggests using an alcohol-free toner to give the skin an extra boost of moisture.

Sun exposure is the biggest contributor to skin damage and aging over time, so it’s critical to protect against it year-round. “UV rays damage epidermal skin cells and accelerate collagen breakdown deeper in the dermis,” Shainhouse says. “This leads to rough patches, skin discoloration and fine and deeper wrinkles.” Always wear sunscreen, even on cloudy or snowy days. Choose a broad-spectrum formula with 30+ SPF.  If you spend many hours in front of computer screens, cell phones or tablets, consider wearing a formula that blocks blue light, a “silent skin ager,” because it penetrates deep into skin without our realizing.

Staying hydrated is just as essential to soft, radiant skin as a good product regimen. “Your skin will tell the story of what’s going on internally as well as externally,” Kitzmann says. “The body is composed mostly of water that needs to be replenished.”. Limit dehydrating beverages, such as soda, a drink loaded with added sugar and salt, both of which can deplete your body of water. Be mindful of drinking at least 2 litres of water every day in order to increase moisture and skin elasticity.

In general, what’s good for your body is good for your skin, so you’ll want to establish healthy habits such as regular exercise and a well-balanced diet. Of course you’ll also want to avoid harmful habits such as smoking and excessive consumption of alcohol and caffeine, which can take a toll on your skin.

 

Source: Reader’s Digest