Basic Fundamentals for Flawless Skin
Learning to Care for Your Skin Early
The onslaught of reality TV has actually encouraged children and teenagers to start a beauty regimen early in life. With manicures and pedicures, trips to the tanning salon and facials becoming the norm before they turn thirteen, this generation is learning early that to get ahead they need to keep themselves looking their best and ―putting their best 6
foot forward.‖ In the process, they are learning that good skincare is the only way to achieve flawless skin.
Start with the Basics
Regardless of your age, develop a skincare regimen that you follow daily. This should be based on your skin type and the routine should be one that will keep your skin hydrated and refreshed. This regimen should include a thorough cleansing twice a day followed by the application of a toner to restore the skin‘s natural pH balance. A good moisturizer should also be used daily, and if your skin tends to be dry or very sensitive, make sure that you use products that won‘t dry your skin further.
Sunscreen is an essential that should be used prior to any exposure to the sun‘s harmful UVA and UVB rays. If you spend a lot of time in the sun or outdoors, use a sunscreen with a broad spectrum of coverage (such as SPF 30 or more). Sunscreen should be reapplied after swimming or excessive perspiration and throughout the day as needed.
A weekly routine of exfoliation will keep your skin refreshed and remove any dead or dull skin cells so that new ones can be generated. Facials are a great way to rehydrate the skin on the face and neck. Schedule one on a monthly basis to keep your skin looking fresh at all times. Start using anti-wrinkle creams at an early age to combat any visible signs of premature aging. They will keep your skin nourished and full of vitality.
Beware of Some Bad Habits
Starting your campaign for flawless skin early is great, but it is also important not to establish any bad habits that may be hard to break and that might even damage your skin. Tanning salons are all the rage right now because people want that healthy, tanned look, but if you don‘t use sunscreen, excessive use of artificial sun is just as bad as being exposed to the harmful UVA and UVB rays of the sun itself. Don‘t fall into the trap of thinking that fake tans are safe. Your skin needs protection from artificial tanning and from the sun in order to avoid damage that will affect your skin later in life.
It is essential that you understand your skin type if you want to ensure that the skincare products you use are appropriate. Many products can dry the skin or irritate it without 7
your knowledge. These products may defeat your whole strategy for keeping your skin looking flawless. Seek advice from a dermatologist if your skin is prone to acne or blemishes or if you have conditions like rosacea or eczema, as those conditions may influence the type of products that you should choose.