We all start off with healthy,supple and flawless skin; but we fail to look after then. Th onus is on us to take care of our skin and keep it looking young and healthy. If you want to maintain the looms of your skin and keep your skin looking its best, you need to develop a skin care regimen and then stick to it. Here are steps to help you achieve and maintain healthy-looking skin.
Step #1: Do an assessment to determine what flaws and problems you are having with your skin right now. No doubt, time and your environment have already done some damage to your skin. It happens to all of us as we go through our lives. Before you can begin to plan a skin care routine, you need to know what your problem areas are. Examine your skin and take note of what needs attention.
Step #2: See what skin care products are available for purchase over the counter to help clear up some of your skin problems. There are many inexpensive and effective skin care products available at your local drug store. Spend some time wandering through the aisles of cleansers, toners, moisturizers and other treatments to see what can work for you.
Step #3: Follow the directions exactly for each skin care product in order to reap the most benefits. Once you get home with your newly purchased skin care products, you have to use them the right way or they will not be effective. Carefully read and follow all the directions for how much to use, how to apply and how frequently to administer each treatment.
Step #4: Make an appointment with a dermatologist to diagnose and treat skin conditions you cannot take care of on your own. There are some skin conditions that just cannot be treated effectively with over-the-counter products alone. Get the advice of a skin care professional, and properly use whatever prescription remedies they give you.
Step #5: Never, ever touch your face without washing your hands first. The worst enemy of your facial skin is bacteria, and there is tons of that on your hands. You touch so many surfaces throughout the day that are rife with these invisible microbes that wreak havoc on your skin. Avoid touching your face as much as possible, and only put your hands to your face if they have been cleaned with soap or hand sanitizer.
Step #6: Once you have developed your skin care plan, keep up with it every day. The treatments are only going to work if you consistently implement them. It can be difficult to commit to and keep up with any new daily habit. However, if you stick with it for a few weeks, it will gradually become a natural part of your daily routine.
It is only natural that your skin will not stay as smooth and perfect as the day you were born. Time and environment takes its toll on all of us. However, there is plenty you can do to slow down and even reverse the effects of aging and exposure to the elements. Use this article as rough guide to come up with a good skin care routine which suits your skin, and then follow it every day to achieve healthy-looking skin.