Getting sexy, smooth skin can be a bigger battle than getting your kids to eat their vegetables. Every day, your skin fights against its natural enemies: the sun, wind, smoke, and other moisture-sucking saboteurs. If your skin is ready to throw in the towel, here are five simple ways you can get your skin back to its supple, satiny self:
Exfoliation is simply a fancy term for removing the topmost layers of dead skin. This can be accomplished two ways: manually and chemically. Loofahs, brushes, and granular face scrubs are examples of manual exfoliators. Chemical exfoliators include retinol and alpha hydroxyl acids. Use caution with both methods.
Once you’ve exfoliated, it’s time to slather on some moisturizer to soften and protect your freshly revealed, glowing skin. In the quest to find your favorite go-to moisturizer, it helps to remember the acronym “ACE.” This stands for Vitamins A, C and E. These vitamins are antioxidants that help to repair your skin and protect it from further damage.
Plump, youthful-looking skin starts on the inside. Most people who believe they have dry skin actually have dehydrated skin. Skin is dry when it lacks oil and dehydrated when it lacks water. Experts recommend drinking between 6 and 8 glasses of non-caffeinated liquids a day for optimum hydration.
4. Limit sun exposure
While you may need your 10 minutes in the sun to keep up your Vitamin D levels, anything beyond that should involve sunscreen. The sun’s rays are the biggest sappers of your skin’s natural moisture barrier. They also cause hyperpigmentation, commonly called “age spots” or “sun spots,” which create an uneven skin tone and cause you to look older than your actual age. Another way to shield yourself from the sun’s harmful rays is to invest in window tinting for your home or vehicle. Window tinting offers continuous UV protection.
5. Quit smoking
Smoking is responsible for dehydration and premature wrinkling, especially around the mouth. If you’re a nonsmoker, good for you; you have one less thing to be concerned about when it comes to your skin and overall health. If you do smoke, quit. Seriously. You can do it. Your skin, not to mention your lungs, will thank you for it.
See? Pretty simple. All you have to do is take a couple of decent skin care products, add in a little water, and mix it all together with a healthy serving of sun protection, and you have a rejuvenating recipe for some seriously silky skin.
What do you do to achieve silky skin?
Dixie Somers is a freelance writer and blogger for business, home, and family niches. Dixie lives in Phoenix, Arizona, and is the proud mother of three beautiful girls and wife to a wonderful husband.