Modern times are a fantastic fusion of knowledge and accessibility. We are more educated than ever before and are able to find the skin care products that can address virtually any concern. On the one hand, you might think that quality skin care means shelling out some serious cash. On the other, you might be surprised to learn that the best thing you can do for your skin often costs well under $10.
Dry or dehydrated skin
Most people are not blessed with perfect skin and many suffer from dry and dehydrated skin. This is especially a problem during cold weather. One way to go is to apply expensive moisturizers. Another is to dab some vegetable oil onto damp skin, an approach that is often recommended by doctors.
The trouble with many commercial products is the use of perfumes and dyes. Even if they don’t cause irritation, these products either block pores or dry the skin as a result of the alcohol content. They also contain chemicals and preservatives that do nothing good for your skin and may even have an adverse impact on your overall health.
Although olive oil is also a good alternative, it is a lot heavier than canola or sunflower oil and is not only more expensive, it is also less effective. Still, given a choice, it is always better to use a dab of olive oil than something made up of chemical soup.
Aside from what you put on your skin, the best and least expensive skin-care has to do with what you put in your body. Eight glasses of water a day is just a guideline. The reality is that it does not have to be water but it is important to increase your fluid consumption during extreme weather. When it is hot, we tend to lose moisture by sweating and when it is cold it simply evaporates so eating more soup or having an extra helping of garden salad is a great idea.
An even less expensive alternative is the list of things to avoid. For instance, stay away from anything that robs your body of fluids, such as caffeine (including chocolate), alcohol, anything that contains salt or sugar, and a lack of sleep. Other things that rob the skin of hydration include smoking, sun exposure, and pregnancy. You might now always be able to avoid these things but you might want to increase your liquid intake to compensate.
A common problem is puffiness. There are two products that are so effective they have even been added to marketing campaigns in selling premium skin care lines. The irony is that they work so well on their own that it is not necessary to use anything else.
The first is cucumber slices. Simply cut a couple of slices of the delicious veggie, lie back and rest one over each eye. While you are at it, you might want to pop a few in your mouth as a healthy snack.
The second is the good old fashioned tea bag. Simply brew a pot of tea with a couple of bags, pull them out and squeeze out water. Once they have cooled down enough, lay back and rest them on your eyes. Incidentally, this is a great thing do for any sort of eye irritation.
Acne, redness, and irritation
The skin care industry is one of the biggest offenders when it comes to exploiting people’s insecurities. They take advantage of the fact that issues related to problem skin can seriously affect a person’s quality of life. So, they spend a lot of marketing and advertising dollars to make sure that you think you try as many products as you can.
The reality is that a large portion of problem skin can be linked to hormones and allergic reactions or sensitivities. This means that what you put on your skin is not likely to solve your problems, especially not if they are recurring. Paying attention to when your skin acts up will go a long way in determining which products to use.
For instance, the monthly cycle has a definite impact on acne activity. You might think that this problem is specific to women. It is not. To be sure, men do not get periods. However, there is still a hormonal cycle that takes place on a monthly basis and it is helpful to become more attune to when fresh pimples tend to pop up. You might be surprised to find a regular pattern.
One of the most important skin care products to consider is laundry detergent. Some detergents might work better for some people than for others. The certain perfumes and chemicals may cause problems for some people and not for others. But regardless of the detergent it is important to understand the impact dirty bed sheets have on your skin. Our body’s natural oils, as well as any dirt particles on our hair, dust and so on, all get deposited on our bed sheets. Each time that we rest our head on the same sheets we come in contact with those things. The same idea applies for towels. For particularly sensitive skin you might consider changing the linens a little bit more often.
Still, clean sheets and towels are more of a preventative measure. To address existing problems consider using what works for best for babies. It may sound strange but, if it works for diaper rash, why not try it on that stubborn zit? Rashes could be result of a bacterial infection so it might be a good idea to check with your doctor.
At the risk of sounding biased, there is a skin care product that is worth all the money and should be an absolute staple for everybody. Mac`s lip conditioner is basically magic in a tube. For small trouble areas, you are virtually guaranteed that it will be virtually gone by the time you get up in the morning. This, of course, is strictly a personal opinion but one based on years of experience.