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We all know that it's important to take care of our skin to make sure it's cleaned, moisturized, and protected from the sun each day. Anti-aging is a big concern for some people as well. We are constantly surrounded by environmental toxins that can cause early signs of aging such as wrinkles and spots. Adopting a regular skincare routine can help to prevent damage and reverse any harm that has already been done.

Cleanse

This one is obvious. The first step to keeping your skin healthy and young is to make sure that you clean your skin thoroughly each day. You want to use warm water. Hot water can damage your skin and cause redness and excess dryness.

Make sure that you choose your cleanser with care. Consider your skin's needs. You don't want to strip the natural oils and dry out your skin. Choose a cleanser that matches your skin type. There are options available for dry skin or oily skin.

Tone

Once you clean your skin, using a toner will help to balance it. There are many toners available. Some are harsher, alcohol-based, but you could also use a more natural and gentle approach with witch hazel or a vinegar and water solution. You can look for a toner that contains green tea or rosewater. These toners will help to reduce inflammation and redness, keeping your skin looking young and radiant.

Moisturize

Moisturizer is a very important part of a regular skincare routine. Make sure to moisturize your skin daily, preferably twice per day. The best time to moisturize is after cleaning your skin, while it is still damp. This will help it to absorb more easily. Moisturizer will keep your skin plump and smooth, alleviating any irritation from dryness. 

Choose your moisturizer carefully. You may consider a natural option such as coconut oil. This works well for most people. Use sparingly and make sure skin absorbs all the oil so you don't have a greasy look or feel.

Prevent and Reverse Damage

If you are especially concerned about signs of damage and wish to boost your skincare routine, you could incorporate an anti-aging cream. These creams can usually replace your moisturizer since they are highly hydrating. They contain all the benefits of a regular moisturizer as well as help to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles and prevent new signs of aging from forming. Most of these formulas contain high concentrations of vitamins to help improve the collagen and elasticity of your skin. They help to firm and tighten your skin to create a youthful, smooth look. A good one to look for is a dermal repair complex.

Exfoliate

Gentle exfoliation can help your skin retain its youthful look because it will slough off any dead skin cells on the surface to reveal the healthy, new skin underneath. It's important to exfoliate lightly. You don't want to cause damage to your skin, especially on the delicate skin of your face. Special care should be taken in this area.

Dry brushing is an exfoliation routine to consider. It does not need to be done every day. You can get the benefits from incorporating this into your routine several times a week. Dry brushing is best done before you shower. Use a brush and start at your feet and move upwards towards your heart For your arms, begin at your fingertips and work inward. Brushes with softer bristles are available for the face to prevent any damage or irritation. Not only does this method remove dead skin cells, but it also enhances circulation throughout your body and can help reduce the appearance of cellulite. Dry brushing has even been said to help clean the lymph system.

Taking care of your skin now is important to prevent any damage in the future. Proper care will keep you looking young for much longer. Once you get used to a routine, adding in a few additional steps will only take a few minutes each day. This time is well worth any effort and will provide many benefits for your skin.