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You Need An Anti-Aging Routine For The Skin Below Your Jawline

Woman applying neck cream

Anti-aging skincare routines are something that we all end up being a little interested in eventually. After all, it seems like all our efforts before the problem starts did nothing since the problem actually started. This isn’t a healthy way to look at it. All the skincare that we do before it drifts towards focusing on anti-aging techniques serves the purpose of delaying when we have to become truly concerned about them and likewise helps to minimize the overall effects by comparison to others who didn’t take such steps. None of this stops it from being a little disheartening to see signs of aging where you didn’t want them. Most of us concentrate on our face to help minimize the signs, but they are prevalent in various places and not just above your jawline. Taking care of areas below it can be particularly beneficial to maintaining a youthful look. This is particularly true when it comes to the neck and decolletage.

The Importance of Care
We feel the need to stress that this routine needs to be average for all of us. This is because focusing just on your face ends up ignoring so much. The neck and decolletage tend to show age very clearly if they are not tended to and when paired with a comparatively well-cared for face it leads to clear visual dissonance. It makes it harder to maintain the look that you desire if your appearance is telling two separate stories. This is the same reason that you’re told to take care of your hands as well. Maintaining a healthy appearance that ages gracefully involves caring enough to put in the effort to target these problem areas to help minimize issues. Your face isn’t the only part of your skin that is sensitive. Remember that any area that enjoys routine exposure to the sun is going to need that extra bit of care to help minimize the effects of sun damage over time. With that in mind, let’s return to the topic at hand and look at the kind of habits you want to cultivate.

Extending Things Downward
You can actually get a lot out of simply remembering to extend the routine you use for your face downward. Rinsing, cleansing, and moisturizing the area will go a long way towards helping to keep the area healthy. You are going to want to pay particular attention to extending exfoliation into this area. This is thanks to the fact that the neck and decolletage tend to gain a heavily degree of sun exposure and as a result the extra exfoliation will help remove any dead skin and keep the area clean for nourishing products. Moisturizing regularly will also provide a great deal of help. The sensitive skin of your neck and decolletage is thinner than the rest of your skin just like your face. Adding that extra moisture back helps to protect against the inherent moisture loss from the skin being thinner and helps it remain more youthful and plump. All of these are things you can do for the area to help heal and maintain, but you need to do one more thing to keep the area below your jawline happy: protect.

Sunscreen Is Always Necessary
There is no escaping the fact that the best thing you can do is to remember to regularly apply sunscreen to your neck and decolletage. A lot of outfits exposure this area and the sun damage will add up over time. Sun spots, fine lines, and other issues all tend to appear readily in this area thanks to this fact. When all you need to do is remember to apply a sunscreen following the basic rules, there really isn’t much of an excuse not to make the effort to care for the area properly. This involves make sure you’re using a sunscreen that offers broad spectrum protection of at least SPF 30. We should all probably escalate this rating some as we age, but it is important to note that you get diminishing returns from numbers higher than 30. So don’t end up going too high unless advised by a doctor. Additionally, you’ll want to consider looking for one a sunscreen that utilizes zinc oxide. It is a physical blocker that will reflect the UV rays instead of absorbing them instead of your skin. Reflecting them provides better protection.

Anti-aging routines are key for many sections of your skin. After all, there are plenty of places that can show the tell-tale signs of age beyond our face. The hands are a prominent one, but even more prominent is your neck and decolletage. Without proper care, they’ll give an idea of your age even if you take perfect care of your face. Aging gracefully takes its share of work and we must all accept that if we wish to age well.

Skincare Advisory: Protect Your Skin From Sun Exposure

Woman using sunscreen

We all need a reminder now and again about how to properly take care of our skin. After all, it is easy to get caught up in the month-to-month adjustments or product trials that we begin to forget elements that we ought not to forget. Most of the time we forget little details like how a serum should go on before any other product after finishing cleaning our skin. Other times we end up forgetting whole products and entirely setting aside things like a retinol cream or forgetting to do our regular mask. Each of these have their own effect on our skin’s overall health and that’s why we often spend so much time trying to correct our mistakes. One thing we need to try not to forget is sunscreen. It is vital to ensuring both current and long term skincare. Your sunscreen or SPF-including moisturizer or similar product is what will help reduce the overall signs of aging over time.

Anatomy of A Sun Ray
There are two kinds of ultraviolet (UV) ray that we’re concerned with when it comes to sun exposure. UVA and UVB rays each play their own part when it comes to our skin’s potentially for illness and its overall health. The fact that the sun can contribute to our health is why we have such an awkward relationship with sun exposure. Ultimately, any exposure needs to be short, controlled, and when wearing appropriate sun protection. UVA rays bring some of the more worrying effects for those of us concerned with avoiding the signs of aging for as long as possible. These are capable of penetrating deep into the skin and doing damage to each layer as they go. They’re typically responsible for introducing free radicals into your skin and being what causes the majority of photoaging. However, UVB rays don’t get off easily either. They’re responsible for both sunburn and potential damage that can lead to skin cancer. Both UVA and UVB rays need to be protected against.

Inspecting the Damage
Telling you to just avoid sun exposure isn’t necessarily as helpful as explaining the kind of damage that you can expect. As we said before, UVA rays bring free radicals and penetrate deeply into the skin. This is a problem because free radicals continually bond with and break the structure of various compounds in your body. They are especially good at breaking down collagen, an important structural protein in your body. Collagen is highly prevalent in the skin and is actually what makes youthful skin so firm. We need it and yet it decreases in amount as we age. Contributing to this decline with unprotected sun exposure will just make it happen all the faster. Both UVA and UVB rays can potentially cause direct damage to the DNA in your skin cells as well. This damage is what leads to replication issues in the skin that eventually cause cancer. As a result, we must strongly recommend never forgetting to wear sunscreen.

Protecting Your Skin
Wearing sunscreen or another product offering SPF is the only reliable way to truly protect your skin. Yes, your skin is technically protecting your body while your natural oils are trying to protect your skin, but they aren’t quite up to the job. Neither offers your skin the broad spectrum protection against UVA and UVB rays that is necessary to minimize sun damage. Without that, your skin is simply sitting there soaking up the UV rays. We recommend favoring products with an SPF of 30 or higher to protect your skin properly. You can keep going as high as 80 or more, but SPF begins to give diminishing returns past around 30 most of the time. Truly high numbers don’t end up giving you as much protection as they lead you to believe. Additionally, you’ll likely want to take a close look at the active ingredients of any product that you buy. Try to find ones that include zinc oxide in their active ingredients list. These sunscreens are physical blockers that reflect UV rays rather than absorbing them instead of your skin. That makes them even more effective.

Providing your skin with appropriate sun protection is necessary for long term care. Your skin can handle some sun exposure, but the more that you subject your skin to without protection the more damage that will slowly build up in it until it becomes highly evident past a certain age. Protecting your skin from sun exposure by wearing sunscreen, minimizing the time you spend outdoors, and not sitting in the sunlight by large windows will pay off eventually. You’ll thank yourself for the effort later.

Skincare Product Switches To Make For Spring and Summer

Woman using skincare

The changing of the seasons means we end up needing to change more than our closet. All the little things that we do to prepare for winter need to be slowly swapped back out as we wait for the weather to stabilize. This includes adjusting our skincare routine again to back away from the extreme dryness that winter can bring. There are a simple ways that we can re-adapt our skincare routines to be ready for spring and summer. We’d like to highlight that you need to be patient and careful with this process. Changing your products can be taxing on your skin and as a result it demands staying alert to any major changes to your skin. You may need to adjust products to avoid adverse reactions. We do recommend that you stick with any new products for at least a month to ensure they both work and to avoid stressing your skin by trying new products too quickly.

Walking Back Hydration
Most of us step the level of moisturizer we’re using up one level for winter. This is due to the cold, dry air working against us keeping a healthy amount of moisture in our skin. It constantly saps at our skin and not using a heavier a moisturizer can potentially lead to complications from dry skin all winter long. You really just need to reset to what counts as your “normal” moisturizer when it isn’t fall or winter. For most of us with average skin this is going to mean swapping back to a light lotion. This will generally cover all of our needs. Those of us with dry and oily skin are in a more complicated situation. Dry skin needs to step back as well, but generally that’s going to mean swapping for oil to water-based products instead of ceasing to use creams for hydration. Those of us with oily skin will want to simply use products like toner to give really like moisturizing effects alongside other benefits. Getting your moisturizer right is important as spring and summer reintroduce oil control as the biggest skin issue.

Controlling for Oil
Oil production doesn’t necessarily increase in spring and summer, but the warmer weather does mean we have to contend with heat again. This leads to a variety of potential skincare issues that need to be addressed. The most pressing is how sweat tends to pick up oil and debris. These dripping collections of mess have a way of finding their way back into your pores and clogging things up. That’s why we need to invest in a good form of oil control for our skin type. In most cases a good cleanser is all you need. Look for a gentle one with an active ingredient like glycolic or citric acid. These two ingredients offer light oil control that can give you exactly what you need. However, any other gentle astringent will do as well. The goal is simply to make sure that our normal levels of oil production combined with sweat don’t cause our skin problems. Don’t be too enthusiastic with your oil control though as we all need our natural oils to protect our skin.

Evaluating Your Sun Protection
Spring and summer generally mean we’re all going to be outside a lot more. Those of us already focused on caring for our skin understand the need to look after our skin by always wearing sunscreen. This need doesn’t change as spring arrives, but it does mean looking into your current habits and making sure they’re adequate. Consider the products that you’re using. Most of us use a combination of genuine sunscreen and moisturizer with SPF to help protect our skin. The moisturizer is best used in the morning when we’re applying our initial skincare protection for the day. A good sunscreen makes for a way to continue to protect our skin throughout the day as the SPF wears away from each layer. Remember that moisturizer with SPF and sunscreen tend to last at most two hours in most cases. Always touch up your sun protection before going back outside or sitting around a large window. Your sun protection should ideally be at least SPF 30 and offer broad spectrum protection too. Keeping all of this in mind helps to ensure your skin will be ready to face spring and later summer.

Taking proper care of our skin in spring is the beginning of preparing to take good care of it in summer. Now is the time to start making the necessary changes while the weather is at least of an extreme to ensure your skin will be ready for the more extreme season. Fortunately, it only takes a little tweaking to make the most helpful changes. Using these as a guide should keep your focused on the changes that need to be made while avoiding the pitfall of changing your entire routine.

Protect Your Skin from Disease and Early Signs of Aging

Woman examining face

Protecting our skin is something most of us take seriously. After all, the time and effort a good routine can take to assemble and regularly use is a distinct investment. Making the most of it is important. The goal of good routines is to help clean and protect your skin. This helps to minimize the overall chance for skin disease. An added benefit is that many of us will also age a bit more gracefully if we’re looking after our skin carefully. Knowing that a good routine can help do each of these is all well and good, but what are the elements that do it? If you know what to focus on, you can better protect your skin overall. We’re going to go over the necessary steps for properly protecting your skin so that you know some of the better techniques for protecting your skin. This way you’ll be better informed and be able to feel more confident about your skincare.

Wear Sunscreen
You’d be surprised how many people forget to do this. Your skin needs regularly protecting from sun exposure. Yes, a certain amount of sun is healthy and helps you to properly produce vitamin D in many cases, but any exposure for this purpose needs to be paired with sunscreen to lower the overall chance of skin damage. Sun damage is one of the biggest causes of premature aging. The UV rays introduce free radicals into the skin that damage collagen within your skin and increase the overall chance for wrinkles. This also degrades your skin’s ability to heal itself due to constant levels of low level damage. Your best and only solution here is prevention. Fortunately, this isn’t hard at all. All you need to do is look for a sunscreen or other SPF based product that offers broad spectrum protection with an SPF of 30 or more. It generally doesn’t matter what kind of sunscreen you’re using, but you’ll get more out of products that utilize the physical blocker zinc oxide as an active ingredient.

Be Gentle, Be Mindful
It can actually be relatively difficult to protect your skin from skin disease. A lot of them you don’t really get much of a choice in as they’re simply part of your genetics. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try to do your best to avoid causing them to manifest though. Helping to minimize the chance of skin disease manifesting from your genetics is as simple as being gentle to your skin. Harsh products and rough treatments tend to be the things that will trigger the initial inflammatory response that can spiral out of control. Be particularly gentle when it comes to using products on your face as that area of your skin is extra sensitive. You will also want to be mindful of ensuring you wash your hands regularly before touching your face. Try to avoid sharing products with others as well. These simple steps will minimize your exposure to outside factors that can increase the incidence of skin diseases.

Woman in mirror

Stay Moisturized
Another big step you can take towards keeping your skin healthy and youthful looking is to remember to properly moisturize. Our skin things as we age and is less able to trap moisture than it is when we’re younger. This lessened ability leads to situations where our skin becomes drier and less resilient in the face of any sort of damage. In fact, it actually becomes more susceptible to sun damage without a proper moisture barrier. All of this is relatively easily solved by the simple act of moisturizing properly. You’ll want to figure out the appropriate kind of moisturizer to use with your skin though. People with oily skin are going to want to stick to things like toners for the most part that are more water than anything else. This will help prevent other skin issues by adding to an oil buildup. By contrast, anyone with dry skin will want to consider oil-based creams as their best option depending on how dry their skin is at the time. The rest of us can generally get away with products like lotions that fall at neither extreme.

Protecting your skin from both disease and premature signs of aging is a commitment. You need to remember to use the right products and to avoid habits that can leave your skin more susceptible. It isn’t that hard though. Anyone can learn these rules and others to help them work towards better skincare. In the end, it all comes down to how much you’re willing to do to ensure your skin remains healthy as the years go by.

Haven’t Ditched Your Summer Moisturizer

woman with moisturizer
Moisturizers are an important part of most of our daily skin routines. We use them regularly to help balance out the overall moisture in our skin regardless of the conditions outside. Finding a good moisturizer is relatively easy when it comes down to it, but the “right” moisturizer changes over time due to various factors. Age is one of the more notable defining factors as it permanently changes how our skin acts and what is necessary for keeping it healthy. Aged skin dries out easier due to a lack of collagen. Naturally, we start using thicker moisturizers then. There are smaller scale and shorter-term shifts that can affect our skin’s relationship with our favorite moisturizer too. Seasonal change is an important one to discuss as your summer moisturizer may not be the best thing to keep using during the depths of winter. Let’s take a closer look at why so you can be a bit better informed about your skin’s changing needs across the seasons.

Oh The Humidity!
Moisturizers depend fairly heavily upon the moisture that is available to our skin to begin with once we start applying them. That’s why the best time to use them is within five minutes of taking a bath or a shower. Your skin will still be plump with moisture and sealing all that in there with a good moisturizer will keep your skin happy for a long time. This is easier in summer. The air is, on average, a lot more humid as storms pass through commonly and bring with them plenty of moist air. Moist air is less harsh on your skin and doesn’t eat through your moisturizer at a high rate. All this changes in winter. The season brings cold, dry air with it that is hard on your skin on contact and instantly starts wearing down any natural or topically applied moisture barriers on your skin. Naturally, this isn’t particularly health for your skin and it is in your best interests to prepare for it sooner rather than later.

Cold Facts
The problem with using a summer moisturizer even during with is that summer moisturizers can be your comparatively “normal” choice. These choices work well when there is already moisture in the air and tend to be able to last a little longer because of it. Nothing is actively trying to destroy the moisture barrier then. You need to be a bit clinical when it comes to selecting a moisturizer to use in the winter. There is a fairly simple rule anyone can use for selecting a winter moisturizer though: take one step up. This means that you need to increase the thickness/heaviness of the product you’re using by one degree or so to help ensure the product you’re using is able to withstand the weather. For those who typically use a lotion, you’re going to want to try a cream. People who typically just use toner may want to experiment with a lotion. Anyone with dry skin is going to want to find a heavy, oil-based cream. Notice the pattern? You get a slightly stronger and more lasting moisturizer for winter to act as the counterbalance to the harsher weather. Ideally, you should be doing this relatively early in the season too, but that isn’t always a luxury that we have.

applying moisturizer
Staying Ahead of the Weather
Staying ahead of winter is always ideal. Think about it for a moment. Let’s say you’re still using a summer moisturizer even now. Your skin is likely starting to dry out or otherwise feel a bit off comparatively sooner in the day. Most of us react to this by applying a little more moisturizer, yes, but you keep needing to do this with summer products. There isn’t a simple solution. Additionally, any gap between when your skin starts to feel dry and when you can apply the moisturizer is time that the air has to dry out and damage your skin. This damage is cumulative and can eventually start to show. It is hard to heal it up too because the weather has already gotten ahead of you in that case. You can easily end up fighting dry, flaky skin all winter if you don’t start early. Don’t worry though. Swapping later is still viable, but you’ll want to look into other skincare treatments to help you reduce and heal the damage already done.

Summer and winter have different demands on your skin. For many people, the differences between seasons can be a bit hard to tell in most respects. This isn’t true when dealing with summer and winter though. Different levels of moisture in the air have a clear effect on the skin that needs an appropriate response. Responding early and staying ahead of things is ideal, but never give up hope on beautiful winter skin. You can get there as long as you start taking care of your skin properly.

 

Yes You Do Need Sunscreen On Cold Winter Days

woman applying sunscreen during winter
Wearing sunscreen is a must at all times of the year. Most of us recognize it as a necessity during the summer. After all, we’re generally enjoying ourselves outside at least a little. Summer isn’t summer without a little time by the pool or ocean. These make the need for sunscreen obvious, but not all of us realize the same is true for winter. There are multiple important reasons why you shouldn’t stop applying sunscreen just because it is a cold winter day. This ranges from the fact of sun exposure to the fact that sunscreens are, in many ways, lighter moisturizers. We’re going to take a quick look at why you should be doing your best to remember to wear your sunscreen through winter. Learning the reasons why will make wearing sunscreen in winter seems just as obvious as wearing it in summer and you’ll be better equipped to explain to others why they should as well.

The Cold, Dry Air
It is important to remember that winter air is comparatively dry. The moisture in the air tends to be depleted by the cold and this doesn’t do your skin any favors. In fact, your skin is constantly fighting to hold on to moisture all winter. Not keeping your skin properly moisturized results in dry, dull, and flaky skin that isn’t terribly attractive and that remains hard to treat all winter. You can stay ahead of the problem with the right moisturizers, yes, but you also need to wear sunscreen. Sunscreen is a lesser moisturizer, yes, but it is still a moisturizer that you can apply repeatedly throughout the day. This works in your favor as it can act as a touch-up product throughout the day so that you can maintain a healthy barrier between your skin and the cold dry air. The SPF in the sunscreen will also help you avoid dry skin too.

Reflected Glory
Winter tends to get its free pass on sun protection simply because winter is generally the season that we bundle up during. That means there is less exposed skin to worry about and that layers of clothing will be between your skin and sun damage. It isn’t perfectly true though. Your face is typically going to be exposed to one degree on another. That’s where the problem starts. The skin of the face is sensitive to thanks to the skin being thinner and then the problem gets a little worse in winter since the skin constantly losing moisture to the air means that it is less adept at protecting itself than usual. Sun damage actually ends up counting for more in winter and is target almost exclusively on some of the most susceptible skin on your body. To make matters worse, areas that get snow have to deal with reflected sunlight striking the skin as well. This can mean your skin is getting hit twice by sunlight and UV rays if you’re not remembering to wear sunscreen. It can end up drying your skin out even more and in turn that just makes the dry skin issue worse.

Standing Against The Wind
Even with all the issues we’ve highlighted now, there is yet another reason to wear sunscreen in winter: windburn. The cold, whipping winds already hurt your skin without proper protection, but the winter itself can be the problem too. It tends to make the dry air harsh on the skin and just carries away the moisture with it as it goes. Additionally, it can bring with it countless small particles that can damage your skin without an extra barrier. Sunscreen acts as a cushioning barrier against the wind. Its status as both a moisturizer and a literal barrier between your skin and the world both come into play here. The sunscreen keeps the skin moist and can catch are particles that might otherwise give your skin microscopic cuts that contribute to aging. Sunscreen is highly important for helping to prevent both wind and sunburn in winter. There’s no sense in downplaying how useful it is and yet some people refuse to understand this fact.

Sunscreen is just as useful to your skin on a cold winter day as it is on a warm summer day. Some reasons for the usefulness of the product change based on the season, yes, but the overall usefulness doesn’t diminish. This is why sunscreen should remain part of your winter skincare routine and not be dropped as the seasons change. Remembering to wear sunscreen will go a long way to keeping your skin looking and feeling its best all winter.

A Wrinkle Free Decolletage

Woman looking in the mirror

Wrinkles are something we all eventually have to deal with at some point. Different areas get affected at separate rates though. Areas where the skin bunches and folds are the most susceptible to the chronic damage that leads to early wrinkles. This is because the folding of the skin actually damages the collagen that provides your skin structure. Other things can contribute to this damage too though. We’re used to wrinkles on our face and have plenty of ways to deal with them, but not all of us are necessarily ready for dealing with keeping our decolletage wrinkle free. That requires a bit of work too. We need to ensure that our exposed skin all appears to be of a consistent age so that it doesn’t reveal us. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways you can work towards maintaining a wrinkle free or minimally wrinkled decolletage that don’t take too much extra effort.

A Shield Against The Sun
Sun exposure is one of the biggest causes of wrinkles for anywhere that our skin is exposed to the sun. This is due to the UV rays helping to introduce free radicals into our skin and in general contributing to skin damage if we’re not adequately protecting it. The decolletage area is particularly susceptible to this given many of us favor lower cut tops where we’re younger that lead to increased sun exposure. There’s no shame in enjoying your body, but you do need to keep this tendency in mind when preparing for the day. Apply sunscreen to anywhere that will be exposed to the sun. This is especially true of your face and the decolletage area as you’re dealing with somewhat thinner skin in both places that is likely to take damage far more readily. You don’t need to invest in anything truly powerful, but you do want to ensure your sunscreen offers broad spectrum protection with an SPF rating of 30 or higher.

Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize
Dry skin is one of the types of skin that is most susceptible to damage. Exposure to the sun and elements tends to mean the decolletage also ends up being drier than the rest of the skin much like the face. As a result, it is important to remember to keep the area regularly moisturized if you’re wanting to avoid wrinkles. Remember that properly hydrated skin is plumper and healthier than dry skin. This makes it far less likely to maintain and show wrinkling. Since you’re dealing with the decolletage, you can generally get away with slightly thicker moisturizers there than you would normally use on your face as the skin is slightly less finicky. Thick creams in particular will be useful when the air turns cool and dry in fall and winter. Just try to extend your daily moisturizing routine that targets your face down to your decolletage and you’ll generally be fine.

Plenty of Products
Bra choice is actually important when you’re trying to keep your decolletage wrinkle free. The key is avoiding bras that compress your breasts and create further skin folds that will in turn wrinkle. This is particularly important when exercising as the weight of your breasts and pull of gravity can simply make the wrinkles appear faster. Go for good support instead of constriction when looking for a well-fitting bra. There are actually plenty of products out there designed specifically with this in mind if you keep your eyes open to find them. You’ll also benefit from finding products that can help you deal with the effects of gravity on your decolletage when you sleep. These tend to be gentle products designed for placement between the breasts to offer support to those of us who sleep on our side so that the effects of gravity don’t cause unwanted wrinkling.

Keeping your decolletage wrinkle free isn’t really that different from keeping areas of your face wrinkle free. Proper moisturizing habits and remembering to use sunscreen both go a long way towards keeping the area looking smooth. The decolletage does have to deal with the effects of gravity on the breasts though and as a result, proper support is also important to avoiding wrinkles. All of these are relatively easy to solve problems that simply require a small amount of dedication. Fortunately, that’s something most skincare enthusiasts have in great abundance.

Prevention Starts In Your 20′s

Woman in her 20's

There’s a common yet mistaken idea that true skincare only really starts in your 30s. This is misinformed and based on the idea that it really isn’t until your 30s that some of the benefits of youth begin to wear a bit thin. In truth, you need to have a good skincare routine even in your 20s to ensure that your skin is as healthy and beautiful for as long as possible. Remember that the best skincare is preventative. Waiting until your 30s means you’ll have plenty of time to damage your skin or for its particular quirks to build up into issues. You may not need to be as religious about skincare in your 20s, but you do still need to have a solid routine to ensure you protect your skin properly and look healthy even if you’re having to stay up all night for a project. Fortunately, this means you can focus your attention on particular skincare steps to get the most protection during your 20s without necessarily needing an expansive routine.

Eat Well
Our 20s are generally regarded as that time when most people are still throwing caution to the wind and don’t care much about what they put into their body. It may not catch up to you immediately, but poor diet habits in your 20s can be hard to break if they last into your 30s. You’ll be dealing with the effects of such habits in time too. Eating right by having a varied diet heavy on fruits and vegetables and light on meats will get you through a lot though. It will ensure your body has all the materials it needs to keep your skin healthy as well as the rest of your body. That will make you more resilient overall while promoting the kind of natural glow that only taking care of yourself can provide. Salads with dark, leafy greens are a good thing to incorporate into any diet and you can add in various nuts and seeds to add a bit of flavor. This will generally ensure you’re getting your share of vitamins A and E while having orange juice or other citrus products will get your daily vitamin C. All three vitamins are key to long term skin health.

Wear Sunscreen
If there’s one absolute in skincare it is the need to wear sunscreen. You don’t get a pass just because you’re in your 20s. The belief that one will be fine skipping on sunscreen occasionally is what leads to larger problems later on. Remember that everyone takes sun damage a little differently and that failing to protect your skin properly could even lead to skin cancer comparatively early in life. It will also means wrinkles will form far faster than they otherwise would as well do to the accumulated damage gradually building up. All you need to do is put on sunscreen or a moisturizer with an appropriate SPF and your skin will be fine. It isn’t that hard. You need to use a sunscreen or moisturizer that offers an SPF of 30 or higher to get appropriate protection. Higher SPF formulas do offer more protection, but the amount of protection experiences diminishing returns past 30. Additionally, ensure that you’re getting broad spectrum protection from the product to ensure both UVA and UVB rays are blocked. You’ll thank yourself later in life for this care.

Woman exfoliating face
Exfoliate
This is another one of those basics that many people surprisingly skip over. Learning a good pattern for exfoliating is particularly useful in your 20s if you’re going to experience all you can. There will necessarily be late nights and maybe a little overindulgence. Exfoliating regularly will help keep your skin bright and healthy. It is particularly good as a preventive measure against breakouts for anyone in their early 20s who is still fighting off traces of acne. Exfoliating regularly will help minimize buildup and brighten dull patches readily. As a form of cleaning, it will also helps ensure there is less trapped in your pores. This leads to them appearing overall smaller. Combined with regular cleansing, you’ll likely be able to keep your pores mostly invisible providing your heritage didn’t come with more visible pores. A further perk of this is that regular exfoliation also boosts the blood flow in your skin. This increases the rate at which your skin repairs itself and further contributes to you having a healthy glow.

Preventative skincare doesn’t start in your 30s like most people think. You need to begin in your 20s to ensure that you keep your skin as healthy as possible as you age. Starting in your 30s is better than starting later, yes, but getting ahead of any decline in your skin’s health is what helps you to minimize it. That’s the true secret to aging gracefully. It is, in many ways, a lifetime commitment. You get beautiful skin for your trouble though and that’s worth it, right?

 

Extending Your Tan Through The Fall

Woman in sun

With fall approaching we all have our own particular worries. Where are we going to find the time for the inevitable gatherings? Is there anything we can do to help ensure we don’t get sick more as the seasons turn? How can we keep looking our best even as what we can do for our skin changes? All these questions have a lot of answers to them depending on what exactly you want. Most of us would like to keep a tan for as long as we can so that we keep looking healthier despite there being less light available for us to enjoy as the seasons change. There are plenty of techniques you can use to ensure that your tan lasts well into Fall and even through winter if you’re willing to remember that a tan can come from multiple sources. Let’s discuss what you can do if you are steadfast in only tanning the traditional way.

Prep Your Skin Before Tanning
A big part of making a tan last is ensuring you took care of your skin properly beforehand. Remember that traditional tanning does hurt your skin. The darkening effect is your skin’s effort to protect you. If you must tan this way, then only use the sun instead of a UV bed. Tanning beds are far, far worse for your skin and can cause drastically more long term damage. Traditionally acquired tans are somewhat easy to extend the life of though. The key is simply to remember to exfoliate a day before your actually do the tanning itself. This allows you skin to have more exposure to the rays and allows the sun to penetrate deeper. As a result, your tan will last long. You need to keep your skin properly moisturized after that though to help ensure your skin doesn’t shed skin cells any faster due to drying out. Combining these two tricks gives you a natural way to keep your tan going. Don’t worry though as you have plenty of other options.

Choose The Right Product
There are actually plenty of products available on the market that are specifically designed to maintain and enhance the look of a tan for as long as possible. Many of these are actually easily combined with keeping your skin moisturized as the products themselves are superficially largely about moisturizing the skin. There are other options as well though. Pick a form that is suitable for your skin though. Remember that making a tan last is about ensuring you don’t cause your skin to try to shed more than it already does to help keep itself healthy. Lotions are best for normal skin types while lighter, non-oil based products are suitable for oily skin. People with dry skin will want to find cream products to ensure that their skin gets the most out of these products as they’ll need more time to reach and penetrate into the skin to keep it healthy and have the appropriate effect.

Woman using tanning product

Don’t Fear Sunless Tanning
It may be counter to your beauty instincts to use a sunless tanning product, but remember that they have drastically improved since the early days. No longer do the products almost universally result in an entirely unsubtle and somewhat laughable orange look. The key is quality. Remember to favor brands that you know have a reputation for being high quality. Additionally, you’ll want to favor products that tan your skin over time. The products gradually create the desired look through regular application. This can help extend a natural tan or give yourself a healthy tan you can regulate the appearance of all through fall. Just be mindful of how it looks and use the product properly. It shouldn’t be too hard to get the effortlessly attractive tan that you’re looking for at any point in the year. Additionally, products that build up over time will give you the appearance of working on your tan as it builds up that will further add to your appearance.

Maintaining a tan into fall and beyond is fairly easy if you’re willing to make the effort. There are plenty of techniques available you can use to extend the length of a natural tan and keep it looking beautiful even as it fades. Don’t be so attached to that method though as sunless tanning will be better for your skin and can be maintained easily all year long. Ultimately, picking the method is up to your personal tastes. Either one will get you the look you want and ensure your keep looking happy and healthy.

Moisturizers and SPF

Woman applying moisturizer

We all take certain steps to protect our skin each day. The forms this takes depend on the particular skincare routine we follow. Some of us favor intense, nourishing products that help to regenerate and fortify our skin’s natural defenses. Others favor simple extra coatings that help to shield the skin from particular issues. Most of us actually use at least of a couple of products in the latter category: moisturizers and sunscreens. The two products types actually have a connection despite being meant for different purposes. They both work to help protect and maintain your skin’s natural moisture barriers. Many of us end up utilizing them at the same time too. This isn’t always necessary though as sunscreens are actually somewhat moisturizing. Let’s look into the vagaries of moisturizers and the sun protection factor that sunscreens can boast so that we have a clearer understanding of them both.

Moisturizers
These are the products most of us are first introduced to in skincare. Daily application of a suitable moisturizer is the single most basic routine out there. These products, true to their names, are designed to help keep the skin moist. They do this in two ways. Compounds in moisturizers often have the capacity to help imbue moisture into the skin. This helps some, but the biggest help often comes from the fact that moisturizers help seal moisture in the skin as well. They do this by forming a protective layer over particular patches of skin and preventing the sun and dry air from being able to directly reach your skin. As a result, your skin’s natural moisture barriers are spared longer and the products helping moisten your skin have time to penetrate deeper into your skin for maximum effect.

SPF
The sun protection factor of sunscreens are their biggest selling points. An SPF number is best viewed as a multiplier. For instance, an SPF of 30 gives you roughly thirty times more time being exposed to the sunlight before your skin will begin to sunburn. Keep in mind that’s a very rough figure at best and it becomes even rougher once you pass below an SPF of 30. This is why professionals suggest starting with an SPF of 30 and only going up when it comes to providing adequate protection. You’ll get diminishing returns the higher past SPF 30 you go though. Regardless, SPF comes from particular compounds included in sunscreens. These are either chemical or physical blockers that do the actual legwork of a sunscreen. Chemical sunscreens absorb UV rays while physical sunscreens reflect UV rays. As a result, you’ll want to favor the latter. It is entirely possible to mix these blockers into moisturizers to create hybrid products and there are actually plenty available on the market.

Hybrids
SPF moisturizers aren’t really all that new, but they are still trying to make their own place in the skincare world. They are highly convenient as they offer a way to combine two desired effects while minimizing the number of products we need to use in a routine. These products are frequently facial moisturizers designed to offer the sensitive skin all the protection one can spare. It helps to ensure that accidental neglect doesn’t lead to damaged skin. There is some debate on whether these hybrid products are as good as a moisturizer and sunscreen used independently, but the fact is they are useful even if there is potential for a slight difference in effectiveness. Consider using a hybrid at the start of the day and reapplying sunscreen a little later for full protection.

Moisturizers and SPF providing compounds are paired frequently in skincare. This augments them both, but in truth, they are both offering similar functions in different ways. Both help maintain the moisture barrier of the skin. Both of them offer them help offer a bit of moisture to the skin. SPF products simply add a direct layer of help that directly works against UV rays to further boost the skin. Whether you’re using a hybrid product or two separate products, the fact remains that keeping skin moisturized and covered with adequate sun protection is necessary for good skin care.