Your skin can be beautiful.
By Michael Jansen
DERMATOLOGY In a recent poll, the fresh-looking flawless skin of a fashion model ranked second most desirable skin. It was exceeded only by the unachievable smooth skin of an infant. This article considers the achievable.
Are you in constant search for the methods used to get clear model-like skin? If you answered yes, then this article is for you. Try incorporating these 7 ways to get model-like skin into your daily skin treatment routine to start seeing improvements to your skin quality. Like any treatment, you may not see immediate results, but keeping a consistent routine will be the key to your skin success.
1. Keep Your Skin Clean
The first step in having flawless model-like skin is to make sure you keep it clean. Washing your face will ensure you keep the buildup of dirt, oils, and dead skin cells that are attributed to acne formation, to a minimum. Wash your face twice a day; once in the morning and once before you go to bed. Be sure to use a mild cleanser that doesn't contain alcohol, which will dry out your skin. Try Neutrogena Oil Free Acne Wash, which contains salicylic acid to clean, along with aloe and chamomile to soothe your skin.
Exfoliation is the process by which the dead skin cells of the epidermis (outermost layer of skin) are sloughed off leaving the new fresh under layers to come to the surface. Exfoliating is important because it helps to keep your pores from being clogged by these dead skin cells. Additionally, as mentioned above, it will help bring out the new vibrant layers of skin keeping it looking younger and fresher. It is recommended that you only exfoliate twice a week as anything more than that may result in red irritated skin. There are cleansers you can purchase that contain small microderm abrasion beads or you can try clay masks which also help exfoliate your skin without all the scrubbing. Note: By 2015, microbeads will be removed from soaps. Consider substituting a natural facial loofah (disc).—Ed.
3. Drink Water
Drink plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated and fresh. Water will help to both carry nutrients to your skin and flush toxins away from it. In addition, dehydrated skin can lose its healthy color and supple qualities. To combat dehydration and keep your skin looking and feeling healthy, make sure you drink 8–12 glasses of water a day.
While there have not been any studies that 100% tie what you eat to the quality of your skin, it is basic science that when you are feeding your body healthy, nutrient dense food, your overall health (skin included) will be much greater. Vitamins A, B, C, and E are all great for your skin and can be found in a variety of fruits and vegetables. If you are already eating healthy and you don't feel like you're getting enough daily servings of these high quality nutrients you could try a multivitamin to make up the difference. Healthy eating habits will result in a healthy body as well as much healthier skin.
Along with a healthy diet, your skin can benefit from regular exercise. Sweating helps keep your pores clear of debris. Just be sure to wash it off soon after exercise. Cardio exercise can help improve circulation by raising your heart rate and strength training works to improve the tone of your skin by firming the muscles underneath. Overall, frequent exercise fits into the healthy body and healthy skin idea mentioned above.
6. Limit Sun Exposure
The sun can wreak havoc on the skin, so it is best to limit the quantity of direct sunlight you receive. Every morning before you leave the house, you should apply either a moisturizer with an SPF barrier or an actual sunscreen. If you are going to be exposed to direct sunlight for more than 10-15 minutes at a time make sure you apply a high-SPF sunscreen and reapply frequently if you are sweating or when you get done swimming. Prolonged exposure to the sun in the short term can dry out skin and cause skin damaging sunburn. In the long run, it can lead to leathery wrinkled skin as well as various types of skin cancer. To keep your skin looking young and model-like, be sure to slather on plenty of sunscreen and cover up with clothing.
Lastly, one of the best things you can do to have model-like skin is get plenty of sleep. When you sleep your body repairs itself, including the daily wear on your skin. Before heading to bed, be certain to remove all makeup and then, as mentioned earlier, wash your face. After washing, apply an oil free moisturizer while the skin is still damp to trap in moisture, then apply an eye cream. Eye creams are specially formulated for moisturizing because there are no sweat glands around your eyes.
Turn off all electronics (including your phone) at least a half hour before you decide to go to bed. This will give your brain some time to unwind without the constant barrage of information. Try to get a full 8 hours of sleep to achieve maximum skin benefits.
By following the 7 steps outlined above, you will be well on your way to model-like skin. All good things come with time. So even if the results are not instantaneous, be sure to stay consistent for the best overall outcome. Little by little, you will see improvements in skin quality, leading you towards the model-like skin you desire.
About The Author
Michael Jansen is a professional by day who enjoys writing articles about how to get clear skin for his website at clearskininfo.net.