Just washing the face with gentle products might be more useful than applying lots of pricey creams. A lot of lotions may just clog your pores and cause you to get pimplees. They can also cause dry skin patches and allergic reactions. This article delves into the treatment options to yield elegant skin. If conventional face care techniques do not work (washing, toning, moisturizing), try using an over the counter topical medication. Products such as salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide are specially formulated to kill acne bacteria. They are somewhat strong, especially to those with sensitive skin, so you should apply them in small amounts. Make sure to drink lots and lots of water. While we all know this is good for health and nutrition, many who have great skin also swear it as their secret to a great complexion. Keeping your skin hydrated is one of the many things that dermatologists will tell you are in the ten commandments of skin care. If you have combination skin, you need to address two challenges at once. First you will want to get a handle on the oil production, usually in the “T-zone” extending across your forehead and then vertically down your nose and chin. The second, is to provide enough moisture to the dry areas of your skin, usually your cheeks. You can achieve both goals by assiduously washing with gentle cleansers that will remove excess oil, without stripping your skin completely and then making sure the dry areas of your face are adequately moisturized. Before you go falling for fancy serums in expensive glass ampoules, be sure you understand what serums are for. The word serum is a general term used for liquids intended to penetrate your skin in ways that moisturizers can’t. They are therefore very helpful for ultra-deep moisturizing, brightening, and the like. However, if you are satisfied with the results you are getting from your current moisturizer, there is no need to splurge on costly serums. You can treat your skin to an indulgent treatment using your favorite sweet confection: chocolate. This has risen in popularity recently as a great new skin treatment. Chocolate contains cocoa butter that softens skin, contains antioxidants for healthier skin, and caffeine for revitalizing the skin. Chocolate is available in various scrubs, masks, creams, lotions, and much more. To subtract years of age from your face, don’t neglect your neck. A smooth and supple facial complexion is certainly envied, but not if it sits atop a less-than-smooth or sagging neck. You will look like you are wearing a mask or feel the need to wear turtleneck sweaters year-long, unless you treat that delicate neck skin as carefully as you treat your face. Slather moisturizer on your neck at night to create the perfect pedestal for your pretty face. Use a sponge to help apply sunscreen to your face. Sunscreen is a vital component of any skin care regimen, protecting your skin from harmful UV rays. Using a sponge helps the sunscreen to absorb faster into your skin, reducing that uncomfortable oily feeling. Faster absorption also means that the sunscreen won’t pick up dust and dirt from the air. Caring for your skin means that you should always wear sunscreen. If you put on a makeup product that doesn’t have sunscreen included, mix it in with your lotion to ensure that you are getting the coverage you need. Try products that have micronized zinc or Avobenzone. This will keep your skin from getting burned, without making you look washed out. If you are suffering from redness of the skin, avoid heat when you can, both internally and externally. Heading to the sauna will leave you with quite the red face. The heat will break capillaries in the skin which is what causes the appearance of redness. Spicy hot foods like peppers will also have the same affect. If you want to keep your skin looking younger, make a real effort to stop smoking. All the little blood vessels in your body constrict when you smoke, including the ones in your skin. The decreased blood flow deprives your skin of the oxygen and nutrients it needs to stay healthy and youthful looking. Buy your skin care products from Europe. If you are interested in using natural products on your face, European companies actually have legitimate organic items for sale. These corporations have to show where their ingredients came from, so you can feel secure in the knowledge that you have purchased a product that does not have any known health risks. Instead of using a brush to apply makeup to your face, consider using a soft pad made of cotton. Brushes contain really sharp bristles, which can irritate your skin and cause red marks and in some cases, acne. Apply makeup to a pad and pat onto your face for a soft application. As long as you take care of your skin daily, you’ll find that you can fix your problems without expensive treatments. Happy skin equals a happy you.