Skin Care Products

Written by Blaire Chandler-Wilcox
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The skin care products you use today have as much potential impact on how you look in 10 years as do your diet and lifestyle. It is vital that every person cleanses sensibly, and moisturizes at least once daily (ideally, twice a day). Regardless of your skin "type" you should be taking care of your skin. Even beyond makeup, clothes and style, good skin is what defines youthful looks past the "obviously beautiful" years of the teens and twenties.

Skin Care Products: The Good, The Bad, The Beautiful

Every person, every day, should cleanse, moisturize and apply an SPF to her skin. Exfoliation is good, but you should be careful about the substances you use as skin abrasives. Always use natural substances (like nuts, sugars, salts, etc.) and avoid at all costs synthetic products. Those polishing cloths and pads made from paper may seem effective now, but they're actually scratching the surface of, and ultimately damaging, your skin. It's like using sandpaper to polish your dining table. Be careful with them, and use them sparingly.

Beyond that, its a matter of personal preference and personal needs. The right skin care products can result in pores that are smaller in appearance, the evening out of skin tone, and the diminishment of fine lines, puffy eyes and dark circles. Plus, with daily application and care, you can even make your skin appear firmer and have more elasticity.

Scientists are discovering new compounds almost every day that have the ability to treat, preserve, rejuvenate and refine the skin. Marine compounds demonstrate remarkable skin benefits, as do green tea extracts, vitamins A, D and E, and plant hydroxides. What's most important, however, is not that you spend a fortune, but that you find a system that works for you, that you find you will actually do every day. It's relatively easy to be beautiful at 25. Proper skin care with the best products you can afford will keep you beautiful at 45, 55 and on.

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