Skin Advice You've Never Heard
Consider yourself beauty savvy? If so, you probably already know plenty of great skin care tips. Still, no matter how well-versed you are on the topic of skin care, there's still always something new to learn when it comes to caring for your skin. Below you'll find five little known skin care tips for you to try. Incorporate them into your regular beauty routine and we guarantee your skin will thank you.
Never Mix These Skincare Ingredients
In order for your skin to look its best you need to use a variety of skin care products on a daily basis. Using just one skincare product will not solve complex skin issues like acne or hyperpigmentation (dark spots); you need a number of products in order to meet all your skin care needs. Did you know that certain skin care ingredients should never be used at the same time because they can actually cancel each other out or hurt your skin instead of helping it? Below is a list of ingredients you shouldn't mix.
- Retinol and benzoyl peroxide - both of these ingredients are used to fight acne, but when used together they actually cancel each other out. If you really want to use both of these acne fighters use the retinol in the evening and the benzoyl peroxide in the morning.
- Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA) and Vitamin C - AHA acids help to renew our skin so that it is soft, smooth, and looks its best. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that not only protects our skin from sun damage but also brightens and builds collagen. But when you use these two ingredients together they actually change the pH of the Vitamin C so that is not stable and as such not effective. In addition mixing these two ingredients, both of which can be quite powerful, can cause skin irritation and even skin peeling. So if you insist on using AHA followed by an antioxidant serum look for a product with other antioxidants like green tea or use the AHA at night and the antioxidant serum in the morning.
Use Milk as an Exfoliant
Sometimes you don't need to look far in order to find an effective skin care ingredient. Lactic acid is a gentle yet effective skin care ingredient that even people with sensitive skin can use without irritation. Dairy products contain lactic acid so the next time you're looking to easily and cheaply exfoliate your skin, look no further than the milk in your fridge. Dunk a washcloth in a bowl of whole milk and then put the washcloth on your face for 5-10 minutes. Rinse off any milk that remains on your face with lukewarm water. Your face will feel soft, smooth, and your skin will be hydrated as well.
Take Care of Your Hands and Neck
According to esthetician Joanna Czech, good skin care starts at the nipples and ends at the hairline, and we'll add to that that you should never forget your hands as well. So many people concentrate on only caring for the skin on their face that they forget to treat their neck, chest, and hands. For this reason, if you want to determine just how old someone really is don't look at their face—look at their neck or hands instead. It's time to give as much attention and care to the rest of our skin as we do to the skin on our faces. Make sure you apply sunscreen daily to your neck and hands just as you would your face. Reapply sunscreen to those areas throughout the day. This is easy to do when it comes to your hands since there are many great hand creams that have SPF in them like Jergens SPF 20 BB Hand Perfecting Cream. When it comes to your neck think of it as an extension of your face. Whichever products you use on your face you need to use on your neck as well—exfoliate, moisturize, and protect your neck from the sun just as you would your face.
Exfoliate Your Eyebrows
Exfoliation is the key to healthy skin. Skipping this crucial skin care step means your skin will look less than its best. For those who already know this important bit of skin care information, you more than likely have an exfoliant for your face and another one for your body which you use on a weekly basis (or more). When you exfoliate your face it's important to make sure that you get your chosen product on all areas of your face including your eyebrows. Yes, eyebrows. According to celebrity eyebrow specialist Elke Von Freudenberg, in order to have full brows you need to not only remove dead skin cells from that area of your face, but you can also stimulate hair growth by scrubbing your eyebrows. Furthermore, when you promote circulation in your brows the faster your eyebrow hair will grow.
Apply Sunscreen Even When Indoors
Planning on spending a lazy Sunday indoors catching up on your favorite TV show? Even if you are spending an entire day inside you still need sunscreen. UVA rays pass through glass. These sun rays are what cause skin aging and even a little bit of sunlight can lead to wrinkles, fine lines, and dark spots down the line. So keep in mind that when you are planning on being inside all day you need to use sunscreen or a moisturizer with SPF. Sunscreen is a skin care product that cannot be skipped no matter where you spend your day.