How to Keep Your Skin Young Looking

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Practically anyone would like to know how to keep skin young looking. The necessary steps may at first seem complicated, but once you get into a routine, it becomes as easy and natural as brushing your teeth.

If you're like most people, you shower or at least wash your face every morning. Dermatologists say that they see lots of problems caused by using harsh cleansers, exfoliating agents and scrubs. A little damage done today can lead to a tiny scar that turns into a wrinkle, tomorrow.

So, remember to always use the gentlest cleansers. Let your washcloth and the warm water do the cleaning. Don't scrub too hard and always follow showering and facial cleansing with a moisturizer. Let me tell you why a moisturizer is important.

Cleansers, tap water and your wash cloth strip away natural oils that protect the skin's cells and layers from damage. We have to bathe, because when those oils build up, bacteria gathers in them, which causes odor and can lead to infections. But, if you don't use something to replace those natural oils, then you will eventually end up with excessive dryness, wrinkling and sagging.

A good moisturizer is a major component of how to keep skin young looking, but many people don't like them, because of the greasy feeling. What they don't know is that good moisturizers don't cause greasiness.

The ingredients responsible for the greasy feeling are petrolatum and mineral oil. Derived from crude oil, they are not anything like the skin's natural oils. They are the most common ingredients in lotions from major cosmetic companies for one simple reason. They are cheaper than natural plant oils.

Avoiding lotions and cosmetics that contain petrolatum or mineral oil is one of the secrets of how to keep skin young looking. When personal care products containing those compounds are used on a regular basis, they interfere with your skin's natural rejuvenation processes. In other words, they contribute to premature aging.

Grape seed oil, avocado oil, Shea butter, kelp extracts and vitamin E are relatively well-known for their anti-aging abilities. The benefits of coenzyme Q and the protein keratin are less well-known, but research indicates that they are quite effective.

Using a good moisturizer is not the only key to how to keep skin young looking. But, it is one of the most important and it's often overlooked. It's also one of the least expensive investments you can make in your skin's health and appearance.

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This article was published on 2010/03/31