Simple Skin Care Tips for Gorgeous Skin

For some the secret of gorgeous skin is an on going mystery and an endless process of testing products. The key to gorgeous skin is a simple routine and knowing what you do is just as important as what you avoid.
Skin Care Tip # 1 Avoid smoking cigarettes: Many people know that smoking can lead to cancer, but did you know it can also cause premature aging by damaging your skin. Smoking can speed up the aging process leaving you with wrinkles. There are over 4,000 chemicals in tobacco smoke and many of them damage collagen and elastin causing skin to sag and wrinkle. If you do smoke, add better skin care to the long list of reasons to quit.
Skin Care Tip # 2 Never skip the sun screen: If you’ve forgotten to apply sun screen before a long day at the beach, then you’re familiar with the sting of sunburn. Neglecting to add sun screen to your daily routine will do more than leave you sun burned. Sun damage can cause premature aging in the form of wrinkles and age spots. Worse than that, over exposure to the sun without protection can significantly increase your risk for developing skin cancer.
Skin Care Tip # 3 Do skip that trip to the tanning salon: While many salon owners may say that tanning beds offer a safer alternative to outdoor tanning, the Skin Cancer Foundation says, “Study after study has shown that sun bed tanning increases the risk of both melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers and conclude there is no such thing as a safe tan.” If you’re looking for a sun-kissed glow consider making a sunless tanner part of your skin care routine.
Skin care tip # 4 Toss your moisturizer and replace it with a shielding lotion: Many moisturizers don’t protect against the causes of dry skin and have only one basic goal – to make up for the moisture that our bodies are losing by adding an artificial source of moisture. Instead, add a shielding lotion to your skin care routine. Dr. Lisa Benest explains why shielding lotions should replace traditional moisturizers in your skin care routine, “Regular moisturizers are designed to add moisture onto the skin. However it does nothing to repair the barrier so it’s an endless cycle of constant moisture application onto the skin without healing and curing the dry skin. Many traditional moisturizers restore the moisture to the skin on a temporary basis, but after continued use actually send a message back to the skin saying it doesn’t need any further moisture to be produced by the skin, and so we can end up with the opposite condition where the skin is less hydrated than prior to using the moisturizers.
A shielding lotion is a lotion that provides a natural barrier on top of the skin to protect it from outside chemicals and irritants. In addition it also acts to keep the moisture and the oils in the skin, so that the skin can heal itself. Shielding lotions not only protect the skin’s barrier but they restore the moisture to the skin and allow the skin to continue to moisturize itself, so that your skin does not become addicted on the moisturizer and ultimately cures the dry skin.”

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