Most people have heard the old adage ‘an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.’ This expression was likely coined by a wise older person who had lived long enough to learn a lesson or two along the path of life. For those who have a few miles of life’s path behind you, this idiom has probably already demonstrated significance. The value of the statement would have been proven in the midst of a complicated clean up effort which was necessary to repair a mistake already made. You were probably thinking how much easier it would have been to avoid the problem than it was to fix it. For those among you who are too young to have yet recognized and learned to appreciate the veracity of this judicious proverb, heed the warning of those who have tread the path before you. Prevention truly is much more effective than a cure is to make happen.
Wrinkles are not the exception to this rule. Taking care of your skin properly will keep your skin young, supple, and wrinkle free much longer than if you just allow nature to have its way with you. You cannot go through the early years of your life willy-nilly without taking some precautions and than express surprise when the lines and wrinkles mar your once beautiful skin. Aw is true with anything else in life, if you want something you have to work for it. If you want beautiful skin, then you have to earn it. Skin care should begin in your teen years. But it is never too late to start taking care of your skin. Even if you start later in life, any efforts you make to preserve your skin and save it from the ravages of time and the elements will reap some benefits.
1. What is the number one rule of skin care? Sunscreen, sunscreen, and more sunscreen. Sunscreen should be worn everyday. The primary adversary to your skin is the sun. No other single factor causes as much damage to your skin as the sun. So everyday, all year long, even on a cloudy day, apply sunscreen.
2. Of course if the sun is detrimental to the health of your skin, tanning is not advisable. And no, tanning beds are not less damaging. Tanning beds cause just as much damage as the sun would. Many tanning bed fanatics have learned the hard way that the uv rays from the bed lights will cause skin cancer.
3. Skin must be nourished and hydrated to stay healthy and remain beautiful. In order for the skin to maintain collagen production and keep the skin renewal process moving at a regular pace, the skin requires certain nutrients and plenty of water. Eat plenty of whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables.
4. The one advantage cited for those who have oily skin is less wrinkles. The wrinkles that do show up do so at a later age than on those who have dry or normal skin. What could be the reason for this? Moisture. Persons with oily skin may suffer with acne, but their skin is consistently moisturized. If you want your skin to stay smooth and supple, use moisturizer regularly. How often you need to moisturize depends on your skin type. A person with dry skin should moisturize everyday, even twice daily. Someone with oily or combination skin should limit the moisturizer to only a couple of times a week.
5. Control your facial muscles. Repetitive muscle contractions in the face will cause permanent lines to form. The lines eventually become deep creases, then wrinkles. Pay attention to the specific movements blamed for causing wrinkles. Squinting your eyes and crinkling your forehead should be avoided if you don’t want to these to become permanent looks on your face.
6. Don’t over-wash your face. You probably didn’t even know this was possible. But washing your face too often is very drying to your skin. Again, the frequency with which you should wash your face depends on the type of skin you have. A person with dry skin should only wash once a day and with cool water. Hot water dries the skin. Choose a moisturizing facial wash. Someone with oily skin will need to wash a few times a day to prevent acne, but should pay attention to changes in the skin which would warrant a reduction in the number of times needed.