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I touched my daughter’s forehead last night and realized it was so soft and smooth. I remember having skin like that, but over time I’ve lost moisture and elasticity. If this is happening to you as well, use the below tips and tricks to help your skin regain it’s youthful resiliency.

In order to best take care of your skin, you must first find out your skin type. Different skin types require different kinds of care, so if you don’t know your skin type you could actually be doing more harm than good. Skin care products are usually designed with a specific skin type in mind.

One important part of skin care is to recognize your skin’s lifestage, and treat it accordingly. Do you have very young skin? It will be much oilier and more elastic, responding to oil-free treatments. If your skin is over 40, you need to take a gentler approach. If you recognize that you need to deal with both oiliness and dryness, use a combination of gentle soaps and moisturizer.

One way to improve your skin is to drink plenty of water. Water is the largest part of what makes us up our body at the cellular level; drinking lots of water will not only keep you hydrated, it will keep your cell walls nice and plump. You can also freshen your complexion throughout the day with a micro-mist of water on your face.

Lemon juice is a great way to purify and minimize your pores. Once or twice weekly, use the lemon juice to shrink enlarged pores and soak up excess oil.

Steer clear of skin care products that contain Triethanolamine (TEA). This chemical is sometimes added to cosmetic products to alter the pH of the product. TEA is known to cause allergic reactions on sensitive skin, such as that found around the eyes. TEA can be absorbed by the skin. Continued use of products containing TEA will result in a buildup in the blood stream negatively impacting your health and your skin.

Give yourself a spa day, every now and then. Not only will a facial, mud mask or detoxifying body scrub, help you release stress which is good for your skin, it will also give it a day of pampering. Try to save up each quarter and make it a special occasion.

Although exfoliation is a great way to give your skin a new look, don’t scrub furiously in the belief that you are giving your skin the chance to renew itself. Sloughing off dead skin cells does give your face and body a smoother and more polished appearance, which will help your skin absorb lotions or moisturizers more readily than before. But it will not help your skin grow a new layer of cells.

In general, if your skin isn’t complaining, use as few products on it as possible. And those you do choose should be suited to your skin type and should never irritate. Many people with perfectly happy skin have created their own problems by purchasing a “line” of products, each with a specific purpose, when in fact they would be better served by keeping it plain and simple.

Another great way to prevent your skin from looking dead and lifeless is to use tea tree oil to revitalize your skin. This fine natural product has been proven to prevent and treat a variety of skin problems. Tree tea oil is a great tool to get your skin on the right track today.

If you are using a prescription product to manage your skin care, be sure to use it as directed. While you might be able to get away with using more than the recommended amount of an over-the-counter remedy, a prescription is much stronger. Use it as directed, give it time to work, and let your doctor know of any problems.

We want to avoid sunburns as much as possible, but we all know that they happen. If you get a sunburn, take an ice-cold shower for thirty seconds to reduce inflammation. Take two Advil to help with the pain and knock down inflammation. Moisturize with aloe vera gel: the cooling sensation will feel great on your tender skin. Finally, avoid sun exposure until the redness goes away to prevent further skin damage. These steps will decrease the longevity of a burn.

Most people highly suggest that wearing make up is not harmful to your skin. However, in excessive amounts it can be. It is okay to dress up sometimes, but wearing make up daily can be harmful. A lot of the make up does clog your pores. Scrubbing it off every night can harm your skin and make your skin lose its moisture balance. Make up removers can be harsh chemicals to your skin and rubbing your make up off can eventually result in wrinkles, especially around the eyes.

After using all of these methods my skin should return to being soft, beautiful, and taut. Hopefully, yours will too, so let’s set up our own skin care regimens and give it a go! The only way to keep aging at bay is to go the extra mile to take good care of your skin!