As we age our skin gets dryer and thinner, so we’re always looking for the right ways to keep our faces bright and hydrated. Here’s what you should and shouldn’t do to keep your face healthy and young.
DO keep hydrated
When our faces lose moisture, that’s when we show our age. It’s much easier to lose moisture as our skin gets thinner, so it’s important to moisturize.
Lotion is the most common method, and while facial lotions tend to be milder, you can use body lotion on your face, too. Petroleum jelly is another great option. Jelly is thick so you’re basically adding a layer to your skin, which blocks in moisture, and it won’t clog your pores. It’s a good idea to apply petroleum jelly when your face is already a little damp.
DON’T use alcohol-based astringents
These products will suck away all the moisture in your skin, and often irritate and inflame pores, which leads to blemishes, and undoes all the work you wanted the astringent to do in the first place. The exception is if you happen to have very oily skin, in which case, use these products sparingly.
DO use toothpaste to dry out pimples
The ingredients triclosan and baking soda are antibacterial in nature, so not only will you dry out the pimple, you’ll prevent reinfection. Just only do this once or twice to avoid skin dry out.
DON’T go crazy with exfoliates
Once or twice a week can be beneficial, but more than that can not only dry your face, but in the case of a cleansing brush, it can irritate your pores and cause acne. Store bought or homemade scrubs are fine in moderation, but they often dry out your skin, too. Always use a hydrant after an exfoliation.
DO utilize your pantry
That’s right, some items already stocked in your kitchen can be great for your skin. Baking soda as a wonderful brightening scrub when mixed with coconut oil. Lemon juice and apple cider vinegar also brighten skin and serve as a milder astringent than those with an alcohol base. Dilute the juice or vinegar in a 50/50 water ratio, otherwise, you’ll sting and irritate your skin.