Natural skin care health is really one of the most important ingredients for beauty enhancement but healthy skin also reflects general health and can be a good indicator of healthy eating and balanced diet and nutrition.

Skin care health can also be vital to self-esteem because skin conditions, such as spots or pimples, acne, rosacea or stretch marks can often lead to embarrassment and undermine confidence in relationships, work or social situations.

In many ways, your skin care health will be related to your general well-being though it can be affected by other factors such as work stress or hormones. The following skin care tips relate to the first things you can do to improve skin care but as you will see many of these are basic and simply about staying fit and healthy. For more difficult skin conditions, specific skin care products or treatments may be necessary.

10 Top Skin Care Tips

Skin Types

Knowing your skin type is one of the most vital skin care tips. This is important because not all skin care products will suit your skin. Close attention should be paid to the suitability of any products you buy, though most skin care products are clearly labelled with the specific skin type they are formulated for.

Skin types vary naturally but may also change over time for reasons as simple as age. Other factors such as weather or your work environment could also affect your skin type on a temporary basis.

Hydrating Skin

‘Drink enough water’… This will not keep your skin moist but will help in overall upkeep of healthy skin. Though it might not always be convenient for some this is an important skin care tip. The recommended amount of water you need to drink in a day varies but is typically about 3 or 4 pints (2 litres). This can include drinks such as tea and coffee but should exclude alcohol and ideally sugary/fizzy drinks as these can be detrimental to skin health.

Skin Cleansing

Cleansing your skin regularly (1-2 times everyday) is an obvious but effective skin care tip that helps in getting rid of the dirt and other harsh elements from your skin.

Cleansing is especially important when you have been out of your house and exposed to environmental pollutants, dirt, dust, etc). This skin care tip also advocates the use of luke warm water for cleansing, as bothhot and cold water can cause damage to your skin.

Skin Care means Caring

While regular skin cleansing is recommended, scrubbing or exfoliating skin too hard or too often is not.

Similarly, don’t apply too much of, or too many different, skin care products. Ensure that the actual skin care product is suited to your skin type and not to harsh. Good quality natural skin cleansers are recommended as these tend to be more gentle and provide better skin care.

Skin Moisturizer

Keep your skin moist at all times. This is an important skin care tip for maintaining elasticity and soft skin.

Above all try not to let your skin get dry as dryness causes the outer layer of your skin to break, leading to a rough and unattractive appearance. Use moisturizers/emollients. Moisturizers work best when applied while skin is still damp.

Skin Care Soap

Avoid the use of soap on your face wherever possible. Soap should only be used from below the neck.

A small but important skin care health consideration.

Wear Sunscreen

Use sunscreen to protect your skin from harmful UV radiations. Protecting skin against environmental factors is beneficial to healthy skin. Many day-time moisturizers have sunscreen built into them and can help protect your skin all year round.

Fair, damaged or sensitive skin should be especially cared for but, as we all know, UV radiation is known to increase the possibility of skin cancer, so follow this skin care health tip without fail.

Rest and Exercise

Both rest and exercise are important to your skin care health. Exercise encourages good circulation that supports healthy skin. Sleep is essential too as it allows the body time to regenerate and heal from the strains of modern life.

Lack of sleep can lead to formation of wrinkles below your eyes and lack of exercise can cause your skin to slack. Additionally, exercise can also reduce stress and ‘wear you out’ so that you sleep better too.

Diet and Nutrition

For all the good that you can achieve through these skin care tips, they could all be worthless without good diet and nutrition. A balanced diet is beneficial to all aspects of your body but your skin, especially your face, can be one of the first places to display the effects of poor diet.

Diet and nutrition shouldn’t concentrate on your skin care health because good general health will contribute to good healthy skin.

There are obvious foods to try to limit in your diet such as sugary and fatty foods. These can have detrimental skin care health effects but don’t eliminate them entirely because your body needs a balanced intake to function properly and some foods may be necessary as a result of your lifestyle.

A balanced diet should avoid any need to take vitamins for healthy skin but during periods of ill health or stress these can be taken to supplement your diet.

Relax!

Beating stress is invaluable to your skin care health. The harmful effects of stress are known to everyone, however, sometimes stating the obvious is essential too. Stress harms skin too. So, take a break or indulge in a warm bubble bath or just get good sleep.

Everything from a clearer mind to relaxing your facial muscles will help contribute to feeling good and looking good.