Having clear, smooth skin is one of the most basic beauty essentials for men and women alike. You can only alter your other features to a certain extent with the strategic use of makeup, or through cosmetic procedures if you can afford them. But everyone can enjoy clean, healthy and radiant-looking skin, no matter what your skin type. Here’s how:
Eliminate Unsightly Bumps
If you shave regularly, you may be prone to razor bumps—unsightly little red bumps that resemble pimples. They are caused by ingrown hair and may lead to inflammation or infection if left untreated. Enter Frederick Benjamin, a men’s grooming product line that focuses on natural formulations to target all kinds of skin concerns.
Women can use these products too, especially if you regularly shave your legs or bikini area, where razor bumps commonly occur. Frederick Benjamin makes an excellent lotion for razor bumps that soothes and moisturizes your skin. It promises soft, smooth and bump free skin in just 14 days.
Choose a Gentle Cleanser
Our skin naturally has a protective barrier that protects it from the elements and the damaging effects of dust, pollution and the sun’s harmful rays. Harsh cleansers that leave you with a “squeaky clean” feeling weaken your skin barrier, stripping it of essential oils and moisture. A damaged skin barrier can make you more susceptible to breakouts, redness and rashes.
Switch to a gentler cleanser that effectively cleanses your skin without leaving it excessively dry. This will help strengthen your natural skin barrier and boost its ability to heal and repair itself.
When your skin is dehydrated and stripped clean of moisture, it will try and make up for the lack of moisture by producing more oil. This in turn can lead to excessive greasiness on the surface of your skin and clogged pores, resulting in breakouts and pimples. Keep your skin properly hydrated and balanced by moisturizing regularly, even if your natural skin type is oily.
Choose a basic, no-frills moisturizer with minimal ingredients that mimic the natural oils in your skin. This will send a signal to your skin that it has enough moisture, so it doesn’t need to work overtime to produce more oil and sebum.
Our skin naturally sheds dead cells and renews itself roughly every 28 days. As we grow older, this natural renewal process tends to slow down, causing dead skin cells to build up. This can make your skin look dull and feel rough and flaky. Help boost your skin’s cell turnover rate by introducing acids into your skincare routine.
While they may sound intimidating, facial acids such as salicylic acid, glycolic acid, lactic acid and hyaluronic acid are safe to use and extremely effective skin boosters. They basically work by deep cleaning your pores, loosening dead skin cells and getting rid of them to reveal the healthy, radiant new skin underneath. Slowly introduce acids into your skincare routine, and you should notice a dramatic difference in the texture and appearance of your skin after four to six weeks.
Never Skip Sunscreen
Last but not least, you should never, ever skip sunscreen, no matter what the weather. Wear sunscreen every day, even if you spend most of your time working indoors. The sun’s harmful rays are extremely powerful and penetrative, and can cause all sorts of skin damage such as wrinkles, dark spots and even skin cancer. It has been said that sunscreen is the single most effective anti-aging skincare product you can add to your routine.
Getting clear, smooth skin takes a lot of patience, and more importantly, consistency. Start by building a basic skincare routine with quality products and stick to it for at least a month. Soon, you’ll notice your skin will take on a healthy, radiant, more youthful-looking glow.