Do you need to spend hundreds of dollars on moisturizers, exfoliators, and masks to keep your skin clear? And is it really necessary to go through a lengthy skin-care routine daily (one leading brand contains 10 different products to be applied to your skin daily)
In most cases, absolutely not. It takes just three simple steps to care for your skin each day, with only a minimal investment needed (in terms of both time and money).
3 Simple Steps to Flawless Skin
You’ll need to cleanse your skin daily. If you have dry skin, choose a mild cleanser without alcohol (and avoid toners, unless they’re specifically formulated for dry skin). If you have oily skin, choose soap and cleanse your skin more than once a day.
Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher) daily. If you have sensitive skin, choose a sunscreen specifically designed for sensitive skin.
3. Treat Your Skin’s Needs
Depending on your skin type, you may want to take one extra step, such as applying moisturizer to dry skin or using a product to help reduce wrinkles or brown spots. You can choose from a wide variety of skin-care products, and remember that “more expensive” doesn’t necessarily mean it will work better. In fact, you can make your own skin care products at home using these DIY fixes for face, body, and bath.
8 Top Skin Care Myths: Busted!
A lot of information considered “common knowledge” is actually not true. Here are 8 of the top skin care myths, busted:
1)Skin Creams Reduce Wrinkles: While there is some evidence that retinoic acid (Retin-A) may help reduce wrinkles, the best option is to prevent them by using sunscreen, not smoking and making other healthy lifestyle choices for your skin.
2)Antibacterial Soap is Best: Regular soap works fine to keep your skin clean and prevent the spread of infections. Antibacterial soap is not necessary for everyday use, and doing so might contribute to antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
3)Chocolate Causes Acne: There’s no evidence that eating chocolate will lead to breakouts; acne is caused by an oily substance, called sebum, which is produced by your skin.
4)Tanning is Bad for You: Excessive time spent in the sun or a tanning booth may increase your risk of skin cancer, while excessive tanning might cause premature skin aging. That being said, light gradual tanning is not dangerous and may help your body to maintain adequate levels of beneficial vitamin D.
5)The Higher the SPF of Your Sunscreen, the Better: A sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 will block 97 percent of the sun’s rays; higher SPF, while more expensive, will block only slightly more of the sun’s rays.
6)Vitamin E Makes Scars Disappear: There’s little evidence that vitamin E makes scars fade. If you have a scar, talk to a dermatologist or surgeon about procedures, such as laser treatments, that might help improve its appearance.
7)Crossing Your Legs Causes Varicose Veins: Crossing your legs does not lead to varicose veins. Risk factors include family history, smoking, inactivity, high blood pressure, pregnancy, obesity and prolonged standing.
8)Massaging Your Scalp Prevents Baldness: There’s no evidence to support this claim.
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