Skin care routines can be as minimal as using a moisturizer at night, to seeking collagen injections for wrinkles.

If you’ve been thinking about ways to make your skin look good and feel good, consider these steps toward healthier, younger-looking skin.

    1. Know what’s in the creams, cleansers, and lotions you use. Some chemicals can actually dry your skin, which causes even more wrinkles than you had before using them. A product may look good, smell good, and have a brand name, but that doesn’t make it good for your skin. Try to use natural skin products when you can.
    1. Focus on overall health. A well-balanced diet, plus exercise, along with a positive attitude, will contribute to beauty that radiates from the inside out.
    1. Take vitamins, minerals, and herbs. Our bodies need these to function at an optimal level. Skin is the largest organ of the human body. It needs attention too. Drink about 8 glasses of water each day.
    1. Protect your skin from sun damage. You can wear a hat, wear sunblock, or wear clothing to cover your body while you’re out in the sun. Sun is natural and contains Vitamin D, but too much can make your skin age before it’s time and cause wrinkles.
    1. Stay away from paraben products. These are chemical preservatives found in most commercial lotions, creams, shampoos, conditioners, and facial products. They actually work against you, in that they dry your skin out and can be harmful to you. Some studies link these preservatives to breast tumors. These chemicals are used in children’s products as well. When it comes to chemical-based moisturizers, basically they are all comparable. Try to find organic or natural moisturizers when you can.
    1. Try to live a stress-free life. A small amount of stress is okay. You would be abnormal if you had zero stress. But too much stress is a strain on overall health, and can make you feel and look older than you are. Find ways to reduce your stress. Hobbies, physical exercise (including sex!), and entertainment are good stress relievers.
    1. Talk to a dermatologist or beauty consultant. It’s always good to talk to an expert about the type of skin care regimen that’s right for you, especially if you have sensitive skin, or skin allergies. A professional can tell you what your options are and help you make an informed decision about which products to use.


Beautiful skin means healthy skin.

You don’t have to spend a lot of money to take care of your skin. You shouldn’t buy a product just because it’s on the market or costs a lot of money. It could do more harm to your skin than good. A little research goes a long way when it comes to beautiful skin.