What does your face look like? Chances are, if you are reading this article, that you have some serious problems that need serious skin care. Whether your skin is dry or oily, read on to discover the best way to transform your face into a healthy and vibrant glow.
It is important to remember that although skin care is an important part of the condition of your body’s skin, it is not the most important component to maintaining a healthy complexion. Did you know that every bite you eat will affect your skin? Junk and fast foods, soda pop, potato chips, and greasy foods all contribute to the pimples or scaliness on your face, because the biggest cause of acne and skin-related diseases is an impure bloodstream. If you have fat and chemicals flowing through your veins, your body will attempt to get rid of it, and your skin pores are the first place your body looks for a trash-dump port of exit. So clean up your eating habits–by simply incorporating more fresh and wholesome foods into your diet, and by drinking plenty of water, you will be able to clean up your face better than any product on the market can ever do! For faster results, however, there are several treatments for different kinds of skin that you can employ to give you near-immediate results.
Help Is At Hand For These Serious Skin Care Problems
Treating Dry Skin
Dry skin can be especially aggravated by petroleum-based creams and cosmetics lotions; chemicals such as chlorine, fluorine, and medical-grade alcohol; and bar soaps. These substances tend to draw moisture out of already dry, sensitive skin, and only make the condition worse. This type of skin, especially dry skin on face, needs nourishing products that will keep it soft, smooth, and supple. Natural moisturizers, also, are vital to fixing a dry skin problem. The best moisturizer for dry skin will be made of natural ingredients such as coconut oil, Shea butter, and olive oil. If you can add other oil-rich (healthily oil-rich!)foods such as cod liver oil, Omega-3 eggs, or fresh fish, this will also help. These dry skin remedies are an excellent way to try to bring moisture into your skin. Next, a lotion for dry skin should be nourishing but not heavy, as this will cause the opposite problem of oily skin. When looking for the best dry skin product, look for a moisturizer or dry skin lotion that has some or all of the following ingredients (they will help lock moisture into your skin): ceramides (hold water inside skin), hyaluronic acid (also hold water inside the skin), Lanolin (holds in water already absorbed), and a glycerine (draws water in and holds it there). Any synthetic face cream for dry skin should also have these ingredients in them.
Follow these basic guidelines when buying any lotions, cleansers, or moisturizers for dry skin -stay away from the harsh chemicals that will draw moisture out of your skin, and look for products made with natural ingredients that will keep moisture in your skin. Dealing with dry skin can be a difficulty, but with serious skin care, you will be able to get rid of it.
Treating Oily Skin
Oily skin problems are a little more difficult to diagnose, because the factors that affect oily skin range anywhere from diet (yes, again!), to products used on the skin, to heredity. Darker skinned individuals tend to have more of a problem with oily skin than fair skinned people (See our African American skin care article for more advice); but everyone could get this skin type and should be aware of any treatment for oily skin available.
Remember that the best treatment is to limit your fat and grease consumption and incorporate plenty of water. Reducing oily foods while increasing healthier ones makes sense, because if your face naturally produces a lot of oil, and then you come along and eat a McDonald’s cheeseburger, your over-producing pores will become clogged, which will lead to more acne (See our natural acne skin care guide) and oil-related problems. Any contact with fast food should be avoided particularly if you have oily skin.
Products for oily skin should not be made of heavy oils, as these as well can clog your pores. On the other hand, do not use drying products for oily skin either. These products will strip your skin of the natural oils, which will lead to further production. Likewise, there are several ingredients to search for when looking for any oily skin moisturizer or other product. First, look for a silicone-based facial primer. The silicone in this kind of facial primer serves two purposes: it not only absorbs excess oil, but also gives the skin a less shiny, more matte appearance. If you are looking for a blotting powder, be sure to avoid those that will build up over the course of the day and clog the pores. Blotting tissues are an alternative to the powder, and are often less messy. Whatever product you use, keep in mind that the less you clog the pores and the more excess oil you can absorb, the better your skin will look.
There are many oily skin remedies that are natural and can be applied without fear of chemical ingestion. Here are just a few suggestions to get you started. Use witch hazel instead of rubbing alcohol to absorb excess oils and tighten your pores. Another natural astringent can be made at home by mixing apple and lime juices together and applying to the face for fifteen minutes before rinsing with tepid water. (Astringents are an excellent way to try to control oil production.) Clay masks also help take away extra oils that gather on the surface; as do vegetable, fruit and oatmeal masks. The beauty of almost any natural treatment for oily skin is that they are made of ingredients that you could eat; this is a very good indicator that they are beneficial and not harmful to your body.
Whether you are looking to change your lifestyle or just change your daily cleansing method, serious skin care requires an aggressive attitude. If one suggestion does not work, try another. Even the best skin products and remedies do not work for every individual. Every one’s skin is different, so keep in mind that it may take some searching to find just the right solution for your unique skin type.