How to take care of your skin while staying at home
Our skin is vital to good health, so it’s essential to have a skincare routine. Here’s how to take care of your skin while staying at home.
Sticking to a skincare routine is important because our skin serves as the largest barrier against infections.
Moisturized and healthy skin means that this barrier remains strong, and you get to enjoy other benefits such as feeling good about yourself and establishing healthy routines.
Having poor skin health, on the other hand, can result in blotchiness, uneven texture, acne breakouts, dark spots, and flaky, scaly skin. All of which can take a toll on your mental health.
Here’s how to properly taking care of your skin while staying at home.
1) Cleanse, exfoliate and moisturize your skin
Even if you are only staying at home, dirt and other particles can still get trapped in your pores and cause irritation. Over time, this can lead to rashes and even acne breakouts. Fortunately, you can prevent this from happening by following these tips.
Wash your skin twice a day or whenever you sweat
Washing your skin is a great way of getting rid of bacteria, dirt, and oils. As long as it’s done with the right products, washing your skin at the start and end of the day is enough for you to enjoy clear and smooth skin.
However, if you live an active lifestyle or work out at home, it’s best if you wash your face more than twice a day. Letting sweat sit on your skin can cause itchiness, irritation, and breakouts.
So if you like to exercise and sweat at home, rest for a couple of minutes and then take a shower. Wash your face thoroughly and use different types of face serums to help seal in moisture.
Clean your face with warm water
The temperature of the water you use to clean your skin can also make or break its overall health. When cleaning your face, make sure to use warm water as hot water can make your face dry and cause irritation.
Apply face cleanser using your fingertips
Scrubbing your skin with your bare hands might be satisfying to some, but this can also harm your skin in the long run. This can cause irritation, redness, and worsen any existing skin conditions.
When cleaning or applying any products, be kind to your skin, and use your fingertips or a soft cloth. These methods will provide gentle exfoliation to your skin and prevent any irritations.
Pat your skin with a dry, clean towel
Rubbing your skin after taking a bath or shower is a big no-no. This practice can strip away the natural oils of your skin and lead to irritation. The longer you rub your skin with a towel, the more sensitive it can get.
Make sure that this doesn’t happen to you by patting your skin with a dry, clean towel after taking a bath or shower. This can help remove excess moisture and keep all of the natural oils in your skin intact.
2) Choose the right products
There are countless beauty products available in the market today. Regardless of your skin type and skin problems, you will surely find a product that fits your needs.
The variety available will also make it very easy for you to take care of your skin even if you are on a shoestring budget. However, the number of options available can be very overwhelming, especially if you’re choosing products for the first time, or aren’t sure exactly what you need.
How do you find the perfect skincare products for your face? Should you be guided by the price of the product? And if so, does it mean that ha more expensive product is automatically better than a cheaper brand?
Or should you rely on the popularity of the product? And what ingredients should you look for in a skincare product?
It’s important that you find the answers to these questions and choose the right products because using the wrong skin care product can result in side effects and health risks. And instead of enjoying smooth and clear skin, you’ll end up suffering from irritations and itchiness.
For you to effectively take care of your skin when you’re at home, invest in the right skincare products. You can achieve that goal by considering these factors when buying
Look for skincare products that are free from alcohol, dyes, and perfumes
Skincare products that contain harsh ingredients such as alcohol, dyes, and perfumes can eventually dry out your skin. In some cases, these products can cause severe redness and irritation.
If you have sensitive skin then it’s important to only use skin care products that are free from these ingredients. Carefully look at the contents of the product you wish to use, and make sure that it only has natural ingredients.
Use a moisturizer that doesn’t clog your pores
Moisturizing your skin is always a must as this helps reduce the chances of skin problems, the appearance of blemishes, and help your skin stay young as you age.
To ensure that you can enjoy all of these benefits with your moisturizer, look for products that are “non-comedogenic” as these will not clog your pores. This is especially important if you have acne-prone or oily skin.
Use a moisturizer with lactic acid
If you have extremely dry skin, look for a moisturizer that contains lactic acid. This is a natural compound that increases the efficacy of your moisturizer while reducing roughness and improving your skin tone. This skincare product can help get rid of dryness on your arms, hands, feet, and legs.
Look for calming ingredients such as aloe vera and camomile
For people who have highly sensitive skin, taking care of their skin can be a struggle. More often than not, there are only very limited products that won’t cause redness and itching once applied to the skin.
If you have the same problem, you might want to choose skincare products that contain calming ingredients such as aloe vera and camomile. As well as making your skin smell nice, these ingredients can also treat skin irritation and redness because of their anti-inflammatory properties.
3) Treat common skin problems as soon as possible
Regardless of their lifestyle, most people will experience a skin problem at some point in their lives. It might be acne breakouts before your period, severe redness and itchiness when you are exposed to excessive dust, or just dry skin during winter. Some people also experience recurring skin problems throughout their lives.
Although common, this doesn’t mean that you should not look for solutions for skin issues that you find painful, irritating or even embarrassing. Leaving any skin problems unaddressed can cause them to worsen over time, causing you more discomfort, and possibly even resulting in unwanted stress and expenses.
Fortunately, you can prevent all of these from happening by treating common skin problems as soon as you notice them. Here are some remedies for common skin problems that you can find in your home.
Use tea tree oil to reduce blemishes and inflammation
According to statistics, at least 40 million individuals in the United States suffer from acne. This skin condition often affects adolescents, but is still present among adults and children.
If you suffer from the same skin condition, regularly use tea tree oil. This can naturally fight bacteria, soothe inflammation, and reduce acne breakouts. You can also utilize tea tree oil if you have uneven or blotchy skin.
To use tea tree oil for your skin-related dilemma, dilute at least three drops of the product with one teaspoon of gentle carrier oil (olive oil and jojoba oil are great options). Apply the mixture topically on the affected area at least once a day using your fingertips or cotton swabs.
Use onion extract gel to minimize the appearance of scars
Scars, when left untreated, can have a negative effect on your mental health. Having visible scars on your face, for example, can lead to poor body image and low self-esteem in some people.
Applying, onion extract gel has been shown to help with this skin problem as this can soften and reduce the appearance of scars.
However, since some people are allergic to onion gel, it’s best if you try out the product by putting a small quantity on your arm or leg first. If you notice any redness, swelling, or itchiness after a few minutes of applying, do not continue using the product. But if you notice none, you can start putting the product on your face to treat your scars.
Use a vitamin C serum to help reduce wrinkles
Wrinkles will develop on your skin as you start to age. Seeing wrinkles on your face is a normal part of the aging process. This happens because when you age, your skin becomes drier, thinner, and less elastic. Your skin will also lose the ability to protect itself against damage, causing it to create lines, creases, and wrinkles.
Fortunately, using vitamin C serums can help lessen the appearance of these wrinkles. Vitamin C naturally repairs your skin and protects it from sun damage.
So if you have problems with visible wrinkles on your face, head on to your local beauty store or drug store and look for a vitamin C serum that fits your skin type. Follow the instructions on the label and make sure to use the product as often as possible.
Use a witch hazel toner or lotion to minimize excess oil in your skin
Although the body naturally produces oil, having excessive amounts of it can increase your susceptibility to acne breakouts and skin irritation. Natural oil is necessary for dirt and other pollutants to easily slide off your skin, but having excessive amounts will cause dirt to get trapped in your pores and result in acne breakouts.
If having oily skin has been a lifelong problem for you, look for a witch hazel toner or lotion and then add the product to your skincare routine. Witch hazel is a natural astringent that works by tightening your pores and normalizing the oil production in your body. This product can also help reduce inflammation and fight bacteria that usually cause acne and severe skin irritation.
4) Check your diet
The food you regularly consume can significantly affect your skin health. Regularly eating oily foods such as French fries, chips, and samosas can increase your risk of acne breakouts.
Eating foods rich in carbohydrates such as cakes, candies, and cookies, on the other hand, can increase the insulin levels in the body and cause inflammation. This can cause your skin to lose its elasticity and strength, and become more susceptible to sun damage.
Another way of taking care of your skin when you’re at home is to regularly check your diet and change it where needed. If you want to achieve healthy skin, make sure that your diet contains the following foods.
Fish contain high levels of omega-3 fatty acids that play a significant role in maintaining healthy skin. Omega-3 fatty acids can also help keep your skin moisturized, supple, and thick.
Aside from being a great dessert and healthy snack, avocados also contain vitamins and minerals that can improve the health of your skin. This works because avocados actually contain healthy fats that can keep your skin moisturized and supple.
Walnut are an excellent source of essential fatty acids that the body can’t naturally produce. These fatty acids can expedite your body’s ability to heal wounds, and combat bacteria and inflammation.
Who says that attaining healthy skin will require you to eat bland and boring meals? Dark chocolate can actually help you achieve your skin goal as this sweet treat can provide high levels of antioxidants that can keep your skin thick and hydrated.
Work with a professional
Different people have different skin types, which means that one skincare routine will not have the same effect on another person.
If you don’t want to take any chances and ensure that you’re following a skincare routine that suits your needs, then work with a professional. A dermatologist will have the necessary equipment, training, and experience to diagnose any recurring skin conditions, and then create tailor-made solutions.
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