May is National Skin Cancer Awareness Month. After all, skin is the largest organ. You need to treat it right and give it the tender love and care that it needs and deserves. You already know to use plenty of sunscreen, stay out of the sun for long periods of time and be careful with what kind of lotions you put on your skin. But, here are some other pretty basic skin care tips to keep your skin happy and healthy:
As it turns out, massages have more benefits than just helping you relax and unwind. Apparently, massages – facial massages especially – help rejuvenate your skin and restore elasticity that we lose naturally over time.
Wash Your Hands
It’s an obvious one, right? Make sure to wash your hands before you touch your face. All of the germs and bacteria gather on your face and other areas and cause massive breakouts. And, it is important to keep hand lotion handy to combat all of the hand washing.
Smile and Exercise
No, seriously. Exercising does a lot for your body, including keeping your skin from losing elasticity. And, since there aren’t a lot of ways that you can exercise your facial muscles or tighten the skin in your face, be expressive! Smile more.
Ice may help any skin issue that you have going on, especially if it’s on your face. If you have a zit, swelling, or puffiness around your eyes, ice might help get rid of it nice and quick. All of these things can be treated without putting on anything harsh and harmful to your skin!
Exfoliate Sparingly, and Avoid Heavy Cleansers
According to the Huffington Post, you shouldn’t exfoliate more than twice a week – tops. This will keep your skin from drying out and your pores from closing up. Also, avoid heavy cleansers as well – occasionally is fine, but dry skin is not healthy skin.
Avoid Washing with Hot Water
As nice as hot water can feel on your face, it strips your skin of those natural oils and minerals that help keep your skin healthy and glowing. Instead, wash your face with cold or lukewarm water to open up your pores.
Careful With Your Eyelids
The skin around your eyes is an extremely sensitive area and is prone to long-term damage and swelling. So, don’t use any cleansers around this area, and be careful with dousing the area with water.