Skin Care & Shaving! : Vindicta

What Causes Skin to be Rough?

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for aesthetic purposes

  • pollution, stress and sun damage

  • over time, chip away at your complexion and make it more prone to roughness, wrinkles, age spots, bruises and sagging.

  • Those who struggle with genetic conditions

  • like eczema, ichthyosis, keratosis pilaris and psoriasis are especially susceptible to having dry and rough skin, says board-certified dermatologist Lillian Soohoo, as well as those who live in dry climates with low humidity.

  • The buildup of dead and keratinized skin cells and repetitive irritation

  • also take a toll on your skin’s texture and appearance, says board-certified dermatologist Anna Guanche, who also cites lack of moisture and hydration as one of the top reasons your skin appears rough and dry.

so what can we do to improve our skin?

1. Improve your diet to get better skin.

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no, it doesn’t have to be voss water

You know junk food is bad for you, but if you need more reasons to go easy on those tasty snacks, here’s a good one:

  • Processed foods, alcohol and refined carbs contribute to the destruction of good bacteria and create an imbalance in your gut’s microbiome, leading to inflammation that can also manifest in your skin.

  • Instead, add more vitamins and antioxidants in your diet,

  • in the form of berries and other bright-colored fruits and vegetables, to boost your skin’s defenses against free radical damage. Fish is also a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential for smooth, radiant skin.

  • “Vitamins A and C and zinc all play an integral role in skin repair and health,”

  • adds board-certified dermatologist Heidi Prather. Most fruits and vegetables contain the first two, while zinc can be found in dairy and poultry products, legumes, meat and—best of all—dark chocolate!

  • Avocados and nuts. These contain healthy fats that your skin needs to retain its elasticity.

  • Nutrient-rich plants. Focus on produce that contains vitamin A, E, and C, like sweet potatoes, carrots, kale, spinach, broccoli, mangoes and blueberries.

Drink a lot of water.

Water plumps up your skin cells and makes your skin look fresh and bright. When you’re dehydrated, your skin starts to dry out. Drink at least 8 glasses of water every day to keep your skin healthy. If you don’t enjoy drinking glass after glass of water, these choices will also keep you hydrated:

  • Watery fruits and vegetables, like cucumbers, lettuce, apples, and berries.

  • Herbal tea and other tea that isn’t caffeinated.

  • Try a glass of soda water with a squeeze of lemon for a refreshing alternative.

  • If plain water isn’t your thing, you can make flavored water by letting fruit or herbs soak in the water before drinking.

2. Avoid Substances that are hard on the skin

No matter how religiously you stick to your daily skin care routine, using certain substances will set you back on your quest for beautiful skin. Limit or completely cut out these skin-harming substances:[9]

  • Alcohol.

  • Too much alcohol can stretch skin out, especially around and under the eyes, because it causes the body to retain water. It also reduces Vitamin A in the skin and can cause broken blood vessels. Limit alcohol to one or two drinks a few times a week.

  • Caffeine.

  • Drinking a lot of caffeine dehydrates your body, which has an adverse effect on your skin. Limit your coffee to one cup a day, and follow it with a big glass of water.

3. Make sure you’re getting enough sleep.

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Stress can wreak havoc on your skin,

especially when you’re not allowing your body to rest and recover from the daily grind. “Your body repairs itself and recovers from daily stress while you sleep, so not getting enough quality sleep can cause premature aging of the skin,” says Dr. Prather.

Doctor Guanche agrees and adds, “Those with exhaustion often appear with skin that is sunken in, dry or sallow. On the other hand, those who are rested often have less scalloping under the eyes and in their tear troughs and have plump, fresh-appearing skin.” Needless to say, it’s time you make beauty sleep a priority.

Clock in seven to eight hours of quality sleep every night to rejuvenate your skin and your body.

4. Sweat it out with regular exercise.

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So you’re already eating more veggies and sleeping better, but your journey to a healthier lifestyle and smoother skin won’t be complete without adding regular exercise to your routine.

“Exercise induces more blood volume to be pumped through the vessels of the face, leading to more micronutrients and healing properties to the facial skin,”

says Dr. Guanche. It also helps reduce inflammation, regulate skin-significant hormones and prevent free radical damage. Plus, sweating is also a great way to purge pores of debris!

Incorporate the following types of exercises into your routine three or more times per week:

  • Cardio exercises like power walking, running, biking, or swimming. These exercises get your blood pumping and give your skin a healthy hue.

  • Weight training exercises with dumbbells. Strengthening your muscles improves your skin tone, making it look smoother.

  • Yoga and flexibility exercises. These types of exercises tone your muscles and make your skin look tighter.

5. Exfoliating

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“Cleansing and mild exfoliation can give skin a smoother, more radiant appearance by removing dead skin cells on the surface and allowing light to reflect from the skin,” explains Dr. Soohoo.

  • Mildly abrasive scrubs with moisturizing and antioxidant-rich ingredients can help soften and smoothen your legs and feet, which are prone to roughness, bumps and calluses.

  • Exfoliate in the shower. You can use a loofah, wash cloth, or exfoliating mitts to scrub your skin while showering. You also use a body scrub. Gently rub the cloth over your skin. You may want to use a separate wash cloth for your body and your face.

6. Use a Shaving Cream

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here’s a Gilette article on how to choose the right shaving cream

7. Shaving

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  • pick a razor with three or four blades, it gives you a closer shave

  • using a mens razor also gives you a closer shave

8. Moisturising

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Whether you have dry or oily skin, moisturizing is important to balance your skin’s sebum production, prevent flaking and dry patches and replenish lost moisture. “Lotions and creams are oily products that can plump up some of the dead skin cells and provide a smoother-feeling texture by adding an oily layer to the surface,” explains Dr. Soohoo.

Dry your skin by patting yourself dry thoroughly. Do not leave your skin damp. Then apply lotion or another healing moisturizer to your skin to seal in the moisture and protect your skin from dry air throughout the day. Try these moisturizers for shining, healthy skin:

  • Coconut oil. This sweet-smelling substance melts into your skin and gives it a beautiful glow.

  • Shea butter. This moisturizer is especially good for use on your fragile facial skin. You can also apply it to your lips.

  • Lanolin. Sheep produce lanolin to keep their wool soft and dry, and it acts as an excellent defense against cold winter air.

  • Olive oil. For those occasions when your skin needs a deep-conditioning treatment, smooth olive oil over your body and let it seep in for 10 minutes. Rinse it off with lukewarm water and pat dry.

  • Lactic acid lotion is available from drugstores. It leaves dry, scaly skin feeling pliable and soft.

  • Aloe vera gel is a natural option that is perfect for sensitive or sun-damaged skin.

  • or just whatever works best for you!

9. Apply Body Oil

“People are obsessed with body oils and there are some with moisturizing properties, but for the most part, they lock in moisture rather than providing the hydration,” explains Dr. Levin. The best way to moisturize, she says, is in layers.

10. Use Sunscreen Everyday

It’s no secret that UV radiation is bad news for the skin. In fact, most of the skin damage in older patients is caused by a lifetime of unprotected sun exposure. “Chronic sun damage throughout our life has a cumulative effect of destroying the collagen and elastin that make up the connective tissues of our skin,” says board-certified dermatologist Hal Weitzbuch.

Use sunscreen every day. Sun exposure can temporarily brighten skin by giving you a tan, but in the long term it is extremely damaging. Letting your skin burn or get tan all summer long can lead to wrinkles, spots, and the possibility of skin cancer.[10]

  • Apply sunscreen to your face before you leave the house, even during the winter.

  • Use sunscreen on your neck, shoulders, chest, arms, and everywhere else that tends to get more exposure. When you’re wearing shorts or going to the beach, make sure you cover your legs, too.

11: Protect Your Skin

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pic unrelated. body shimmers look really nice tho.

Protect your skin from harsh elements. Skin toughens in response to exposure to chemicals, extreme temperatures, and abrasive materials. Keep your skin soft and sensitive by taking these precautions:

  • Wear gloves during the winter to keep your hands from getting chapped. Protect the rest of your body with appropriately warm clothing.

  • Wear gloves when you’re cleaning with strong chemicals.

  • Protect yourself from callouses by using knee pads, thick work clothes, and the proper safety equipment when you’re working under harsh conditions.

Leave suggestions below on what I should add to the post!

links:

‘3 ways to get soft skin’ by Wikihow

‘8 things women with soft skin always do’ by Cosmopolitan

‘how to get smooth skin’ by DermStore

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