The skin on your face is far more sensitive than any other skin, and because of this, it should have cared for more.  Also, the way you take care of your skin when you’re young will show results later on.

As a 40-year-old, I have learned a lot throughout the years, and I thought I would share 10 things I have learned over the years to make sure my skin stays in tip-top shape.

#1 Moisturize your face daily

Buy a moisturizer that fits your skin type. Applying moisturizer straight away after stepping out of shower will help lock in the moisture and make your skin supple and smooth. You can also add hydrating serums to your daily skincare routine for a more smooth and hydrated skin as dry skin can cause pimples and are prone to fine lines.

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#2 Avoid smoking

Smoking damages your skin and can make you look tired and old. It’s also not ideal for your face as it decreases the size of your blood vessels and reduces the flow of blood.

Also, while smoking, it can form a certain facial expression, which can lead to wrinkles later on. Even second-hand smoking can make your skin look dull and make your wrinkles appear sooner than later.  While wrinkles can be removed, the procedures are expensive.

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#3 Use sunscreen daily

I cannot stress enough how important this is. The harmful UV rays of the sun can cause incomprehensible damage to your skin and can cause skin cancer as well.

Choose a sunscreen which has an SPF higher than 15. SPF stands for “sun protection factor” and the higher the number is, the more it will protect your skin. Apply this sunscreen often; try to apply every time you leave your home to go outside.

#4 Avoid wearing too much makeup

Using some products such as foundation and concealer can clog your skin pores. This, unfortunately, can lead to acne breaking out on your face. Some women tend to use concealer on the acne, and this can lead to skin infection.

Another important tip is to always remove your makeup before going to bed. You should follow this step no matter how much lazy and tired you feel. However, few women use harsh cleansers which strip their skin of moisture and leave it looking very dry. Always use a mild cleanser, and apply the moisturizer after you clean your face.

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#5 Get enough sleep

Not getting enough sleep can actually have harmful effects on your skin. It can make your skin look dull and lead to breakouts. Always try to sleep for at least eight hours every day.

#7 Drink at least six glasses of water every day

Avoid the consumption of coffee and tea as it can dehydrate your skin. Drinking six glasses of water every day will make your skin glow and leave it soft and lustrous.

#8 Exfoliate regularly

Exfoliating on a regular basis can help reduce the occurrence of whitehead and blackheads on your skin.  Exfoliating also removes the dead skin cells, which improves the look of your skin by letting the hydrated skin cells rise to the surface and offer a glowing, beautiful effect.

If you don’t want to buy an exfoliation that costs too much, you can use one that is readily available in any house such as oatmeal. Just mix it with warm water and apply it on your skin. Rinse it off after about 10 minutes for the same look.

#9 Avoid picking your face

Whether it’s acne or a certain spot on your face, just avoid doing it.  Picking at your face will never do any good, and if you do it too often, it may cause scars for life.  This is something you don’t want to happen, trust me.

#10 Avoid the tanning beds

Lastly, avoid getting a tan at your local salon.  Yes, it makes your skin look darker, but do you know the risks?  A tanning bed can cause long-term skin damage and even contribute to skin cancer.  Is this really worth it?

If you’re young and reading this, please keep these tips in mind as you will thank me when you’re in your 40s.  While you don’t see the results now, you definitely will as you age since skin doesn’t show immediate results.

Disclaimer: All images are provided by the author.

This was a guest post written by Stephanie Lynch, a freelance writer from Gilbert, Arizona.

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